Wide Awake Leader Circles


“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful and committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

This coaching experience is built around simple and practical systems and tools to help you take the 12 Wide Awake Strategic Practices from the Leading Wide Awake ebook, and integrate them into your life and leadership. We’ll take a deeper dive into each practice, explore key strategies for implementing it into your life, and address strategies for overcoming obstacles that have stopped you from effectively integrating these practices in the past.

As my clients often hear me say, you can’t give away what you don’t have. You can’t continue to lead without an ongoing intimate connection with God and hope to make the impact for the Kingdom your heart truly desires. The only way to get different results is to engage your leadership in a different way. These leader circles will challenge you to take those next steps.

NOTE: Registration for the next Wide Awake Leader Circle is now CLOSED. Contact me if you’d like to know when the next one is scheduled.

Apply today to join the next Wide Awake Leader Circle.

How Do Leader Circles Work?

Leader circles are communities of faith leaders guided by Leadership Coach Michael Warden over a period of 7 months. Each leader circle begins with an initial Launch Weekend ~ an in-person, 2-day training experience in either Austin, TX, or Denver, CO. The training then continues over the next 7 months via teleconference and/or by utilizing other online technologies.

  • After the initial Launch weekend, leader circles meet twice each month for training and coaching on how to best integrate each of the 12 Wide Awake Strategic Practices into their life and work.
  • One meeting each month is with the full cohort. This 2-hour gathering is led by Michael and focuses on training around one or more of the Wide Awake Strategic Practices.
  • A second meeting each month is held with a triad made up of members of your leader circle. These 90-minute sessions focus on deepening learning and accountability around each strategic practice. A conversation guide is provided for each call.
  • Each leader circle is limited to no more than 12 participants. You’ll participate in an environment where you can experience coaching but also learn from your peers.

Who Will Participate?

These leader circles are designed for faith leaders who serve in the local church or a faith-based organization. Typically, that includes lead pastors, executive pastors, worship pastors and other senior leaders, as well as non-profit CEOs and other key organizational leaders.

What Will You Receive?

  • Two days of immersive, in-person training with your fellow leaders.
  • An additional 30 hours of coaching and training over 7 months
  • Focused training on each of the 12 Wide Awake Strategic Practices, as well as the leadership principles and mindset behind them
  • Tools, exercises and best practices to implement after every session
  • The opportunity to network with and learn from like-minded leaders
  • Dedicated time in every gathering to talk through the pressing issues you are facing
  • An invitation to join conversations with other network participants between sessions
  • Email access to Michael throughout the year-long training
  • Scheduled one-on-one phone calls to address questions more specifically
  • Several free resources and books
  • Plus other fun surprises!

What are the Expectations?

  • Participate fully in the Launch Weekend and all coaching sessions
  • Invest $1,500 to participate
  • Commit to reading a book and completing all fieldwork between sessions

What’s Next?

Complete the leader circle application and pay your initial deposit to secure your space. The deposit will hold your space and help cover fees for the Launch Weekend. The remaining costs will be collected via monthly invoice. The next coaching circle will launch March 13, 2014. The deadline for applications is February 14, 2014.

NOTE: Registration for the next Wide Awake Leader Circle is now CLOSED. Contact me if you’d like to know when the next one is scheduled.

Other questions? Email me.

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