Tag Archives: Leadership

Become A Better Leader Through Self-Empathy

Published in Forbes Magazine in Jan 2017, by Fleet Maull. Fleet will be presenting Seven Keys to Mindful Leadership for Social Transformation at Hollyhock on June 28 – July 2, 2017.

There are many different leadership styles and qualities that make a good leader, but people tend to be most attracted to and influenced by leaders who are empathetic.

A study by BI Norwegian Business School found that employees were more committed and efficient on the job when their employers displayed increased self-awareness and insight. As leaders, listening is one of the key skills we use to give people the experience of our empathic presence and make them feel heard. But to give others our full attention and become an empathetic leader, we first need to be empathetic with ourselves.

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Interview with Tania Fierro

Tania Fierro interview April 19, 2016

We asked Tania Fierro, Hollyhock presenter of Creating Teams that Trust, what makes her program different than other leadership training at Hollyhock. Tania will be facilitating the program from June 1 – 5 at Hollyhock with Delyse Sylvester.

What makes your program different?

The ideas behind Creating Teams that Trust is that we can’t create social innovation and change if there isn’t inherent trust in the teams with which we work. This trust exists in the conflicts and the challenges we are experiencing together. They hold the key to the blind spots and the places where growth needs to happen. We will learn to trust these areas of tension, trust the areas of not knowing, and even trust the insecurities and the stress. That is the prime material that we need to then use a technology that we will propose called “The Work.”

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Hollyhock’s Magic & the Story of ZAG Heartbeats

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Hollyhock’s Magic and the Story of ZAG Heartbeats 

Change is like a tree growing from the earth. It starts with the smallest of seeds, and, as if by magic, it grows into a movement laying seeds for others to grow and blossom. ZAG Heartbeats is one such tree, and Hollyhock is the tree from which this magical seed was planted.

In 2014 Steve Curtis the Founder of Zag Group visited Hollyhock’s Social Change Institute. To paint a picture for you – imagine 100 of the most influential leaders behind social, environmental, and political change gathering in a place of heaven. In this perfect environment, they bare their souls, share their struggles, express their joys, and ask for and provide help with full vulnerability and hope. Continue reading Hollyhock’s Magic & the Story of ZAG Heartbeats

Bert Parlee | On Love Power & Leadership

By Bert Parlee

This highly experiential program involves a deep dive into leveraging new ways of evolving your leadership abilities. Regardless of your position or role, everyone is a leader in their own life; in their family system, their friendship and network circles, their career, and in their psycho-spiritual strivings altogether. This training equips people with powerful tools and useful practices to take your leadership to the next level.


In this workshop we look more deeply into more adaptive ways of “making meaning”.   By shining new lights of enhanced awareness into our current ways of being, our present condition becomes the royal road to re-authoring our stories and our lives. We are all the protagonists in our own hero’s journeys. To best face and overcome our challenges, we need to outfit ourselves with enriched qualities of presence and expanded perspective. This program will offer you effective processes for making shifts from “either/or” to “both/and” ways of relating to life’s issues.


I wear many hats in my different work roles. I variously meet people as executive coach, management consultant, leadership trainer, psychologist, psychotherapist, mediator etc. In all instances I function as a mirror, inviting people to explore more empowered ways of being successful. The first and ongoing step in these journeys is cultivating “beginner’s mind”, of actually making friends with the way we are. This is the brave “vulnerable power” of the servant leader, as epitomized by Gandhi, Martin Luther King and many others. Carl Rogers paradoxically remarked: “When I accept myself completely as I am, then I can change”. A related paradox by Jung states: “To direct a person to their own shadow, is to show them their own light”.

Bert ParleeJoin Bert May 22 – 27 for Love, Power & Leadership at Hollyhock on Cortes Island.




feature photo via Lois Elling, Flickr Creative Commons

Presenter Profile | Amber Field

Biography via Amber Field’s Website
Feature photo via Amber Field’s Website

Amber Field

“I am a queer and genderqueer performance artist, singer, multi-instrumentalist, teacher, and healer. I am also a Tamalpa Associate Teacher of Expressive Arts. I have lived in Korea, Nepal, Liberia, India, Peru, and the United States and specialize in world fusion music. My music is heartfelt, passionate, haunting, soulful, blissful. Continue reading Presenter Profile | Amber Field