What do you want to learn in 2020?

What do you want to learn in 2020?

Upcoming workshops and leadership development programs

I love learning new stuff, and applying ideas to real-life challenges. Part of me would be in school forever, and I take at least a couple of workshops every year. In recent years, that’s included a pretty eclectic range, from leadership to improv, meditation to pop-up book construction, peacemaking practices, and beyond. Still on the shortlist? Off the top of my head: Italian, mediation, Conversational Intelligence, and metal casting (and, well, so much more…).

Naturally enough, I love that my work involves making connections. I get to draw upon a whole range of tools, approaches, and ideas, and then bring people together and facilitate a process where we pool our collective expertise and experiences, try new things, and learn from each other. How cool is that? (Well, maybe it’s just geeky-cool, but it’s pretty great in my book.)

What’s on your mind for the coming year?

What are the big challenges and opportunities on your horizon? What role do you want to play, and what would help you navigate the terrain ahead?

Upcoming opportunities to strengthen your skills:

If you’re looking to strengthen your skills and you enjoy the camaraderie of learning alongside other people, here are four opportunities in January and February:

  • Negotiating Your Future: authentic leadership and the power of negotiation. Thursday, January 9, 2020, 1-4pm @ The Riveter: Capitol Hill (Seattle). Why take a negotiation workshop focused on women? There’s consistent evidence that men are four times more likely to initiate negotiations to advance their own interests, ranging from salary increases to important project assignments and beyond. Register soon, this workshop always sells out. More details and registration here. (Free for members of The Riveter with your membership code.)
  • Lunch + Learn: Building a Culture of Accountability at The Riveter: Fremont, Wednesday, January 15th, from noon-1pm. In this lively, interactive session, we’ll learn about how to cultivate a direct, humane, and results-oriented approach to addressing the issues that are holding your team back. Space is limited, please register here. (Free for members of the Riveter with your membership code.)
  • Leadership Launchpad: Reflect, Clarify, and Connect Thursday, January 16th, 2020, from 1:30-4pm at the Impact Hub Seattle. Start the year off right! Give yourself a thought-provoking and fun opportunity to take stock of the past year, clarify your leadership focus for 2020, and connect with other interesting folks in the process. SPOILER ALERT: This isn’t about New Year’s Resolutions. More info and registration here. (Discounted rates for members of the Hub.)
  • Gauge Leadership Lab (Seattle edition.) This 12-week program for leaders, entrepreneurs, and instigators incorporates a powerful 360° leadership assessment, three full-day workshops, 1:1 coaching, and 12 weekly assignments to amplify your learning. The next series in Seattle starts on Feb 7, 2020, early-bird pricing through Jan 17.  Curious? Let’s talk.


Sara Lawson is a consultant, coach, facilitator, and the creator of Gauge Leadership Lab (Seattle series starts on Feb 7; London series starts Oct, 2020). She is passionate about the role that mission-inspired companies and organizations have in strengthening communities. She also knows that leadership can be fulfilling AND frustrating, even for dedicated, skilled, and creative people. You can reach Sara HERE.

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