Brookings Executive Education (BEE) has invited Paul Paese, of PMC, to teach open enrollment and outreach courses on conflict resolution in 2018. BEE is a partnership of the Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and Olin Business School at Washington University in St. Louis. The Brookings Institution and Washington University share a common benefactor and visionary in Robert S. Brookings. The mission of BEE is to deliver on Robert Brookings’ desire to “teach the art of handling problems rather than simply impart accumulated knowledge” to those in and engaged with government. Paul will be teaching “Strategies for Conflict Resolution” as an open enrollment offering this month at the Brookings facility in DC.
Leaders need strength to be successful. While this obvious truth is widely recognized, opinions differ on what constitutes “strength.” In the eyes of many, strength means standing firm, winning your position, exuding confidence, and minimizing vulnerability. At PMC, our clients are often surprised to hear that we see vulnerability as a key source of leadership strength. Which is stronger, a leader who advocates a position and stands firm until others bend? Or a leader who advocates a position while remaining open to different views, even inviting challenge from others? Leaders who take the path of openness will naturally feel vulnerable. Paradoxically, this vulnerability is not a sign of weakness, but rather a clear indication of leadership strength.
This month Paul Paese, of PMC, represented the Rotary Club of Kirkwood, Missouri at the Show Me Rotary Leadership Institute. Held annually in Jefferson City, Missouri, the Institute provides training and development for leaders of 160 Rotary clubs across the state. Starting in July, Paul will serve as the 2018-19 President of the Rotary Club of Kirkwood. The Kirkwood Club was founded in 1925 and currently has about 100 active, senior, and honorary members. Paul will serve as the club’s 94th president.