Leading Without Power

On Thursday, September 16th, several 7th and 8th grade SGS students taught adults in industry how to “lead without power.” Here is a description of the event and some photos:

We have all been there: responsibility without authority. In this our 3rd Innovative Session, PMC (Product Management Consortium) partnered with tomorrow’s leaders from Seattle Girls’ School to explore strategies for leading without power and getting the job done, and done well.

We used a Product Camp format to generate specific conversation topics, break into groups who then presented ‘takeaways’ back to the group. Each group was made up of Product Professionals and Seattle Girls School middle schoolers.

PMC is about creating a place for “product people” to connect, share, participate, and learn with and from each other. Students of the Seattle Girls’ School are, from day one, charged with being the leaders of tomorrow, and no small part of that has been learning how to lead without power. The information exchange was fresh and fun as we learned from each other.

One adult participant said, “I’m a little scared of who those girls will grow up to be. I’d hire them right now to do anything they wanted on my team.”

The vision for this event came from a fabulous role model for the girls, Val Sanford, Senior Vice President at Blinkx, Inc.

To learn more about Val Sanford – http://www.linkedin.com/in/valsanford

To read Val’s blog post on the event, CLICK HERE

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