Learning Modules

The Master Juggler Executive Institute aims to address core competencies for foundation executives while being responsive to the specific needs of cohort members. The 2017 curriculum is under development to be responsive to the needs expressed by applicants. Below are topics that were explored in previous programs and may be explored again.

JUGGLING LIKE A MASTER
There are more demands on your time than hours in the day. Develop techniques for prioritizing what matters most by better managing your tasks, time, and energy.

THE CLINIC: REAL-TIME PROBLEM SOLVING
Use a highly structured and disciplined format to rapidly clarify an issue you’re facing. Gain powerful insights, real-world wisdom, and practical advice (read: free consulting) from your colleagues.

The GROW Coaching Model
A tried and true method of executive communication, GROW focuses on goal-setting and problem solving in management settings. Learn specific techniques, then practice in-person and virtually via peer coaching pairs.

SELF-ASSESSMENT: LEADERSHIP COMPETENCIES
Each of us has inherent and learned leadership strengths—as well as blind spots. Explore and self-rate on key leadership competencies, from priority setting to learning on the fly. Come away with a clear sense of your personal strengths and gaps, and concrete practices to help you move toward a more balanced leadership profile.

360 REVIEW: LEVERAGING STRENGTHS
As part of the Master Juggler Executive Institute, you’ll have the opportunity to take part in an innovative 360 review focusing on leveraging your strengths. Past participants have found this opportunity for assets-based feedback powerful and thought-provoking.

CORE FACILITATION SKILLS
Learn and practice concrete skills to make conversations with your staff, board, and grantees more engaging, inclusive, and effective.

SELF-CARE FOR LEADERS
Our ability to perform well in our work and achieve our personal goals is highly dependent on our ability to sustain and manage our energy over time. Self-assess your wellness and reflect on how you can develop self-care habits to sustain your energy for a lifetime of good work.

INTERGENERATIONAL ENGAGEMENT
Each generation of adults active in foundations brings its own set of values, beliefs, life experiences, and attitudes to the table. Develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to recognize and manage generational differences and engage effectively across generations.

BODY LANGUAGE & POWER
Adjusting your posture can completely alter the way people respond to you. Learn the critical implications body language can have in situations ranging from facilitating meetings to managing difficult conversations, and how to make adjustments.

BOARD-STAFF DYNAMICS
Foundation leaders—executives and their boards—have important and complex working relationships. Explore how to make these dynamics healthful, productive, and fruitful for all involved.

Exponent Philanthropy is grateful to those who generously informed the design of this program, including representatives from Bearman Consulting, Conspire Coaching & Consulting, Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, and Omidyar Fellows; program faculty past and present; and, of course, many Exponent Philanthropy member executive directors.