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LEADERSHIP SURVIVAL SKILLS Workshop Workshop XXXI: Work Meaningfulness

  • Harvard Kennedy School: Taubman Building, Room 275 79 John F. Kennedy Street Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

The Harvard Kennedy School has long stressed the importance of leadership in organizations, government, and business. Regardless of the leadership framework, theory, or practice one might embrace, continuing to explore leadership styles and capacity can be critical in becoming effective and balanced in our approach to those with whom we interact. The Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association has developed a program focused on developing skills and strategies to use when addressing leadership challenges. This program, Leadership Survival Skills, is offered to all interested alumni and friends of the Harvard Kennedy School.


How meaningful is most people's daily work? Do leaders really know the motivations of employees -- and can these motivations be accurately determined and harnessed? How can leaders impact 'work meaningfulness' around them?

HKSNE and RCC-Harvard are pleased to announce our latest workshop featuring Dr. Manuel Guillen, Founder and Director of the Institute for Ethics in Communications and Organizations (IECO). Dr. Guillen will facilitate a reflective and experiential workshop exploring how leaders prompt and engender authentic spaces for work meaningfulness.

During the workshop, all participants will be urged to discuss their different conceptions of 'work meaningfulness' as well as its relationship to and importance relative to personal motivations and practical learning. Participants will be asked to share experiences on how work meaningfulness was promoted - and diminished. Lastly, participants will reflect on where work meaningfulness resonates for them as individuals, how it is connected with motivations and workplace incentives, what its effects are, and how work meaningfulness can be promoted.

Dr. Guillen will propose and defend how and why leaders offering meaningfulness to organizational work will also gain workers' trust and contribute to their flourishing.

About our Speaker:  Dr. Guillen is the Founder and Director of IECO and a Visiting Researcher at the IGLP at Harvard Law School. He has also been a Visiting Scholar at St. Thomas University (Minnesota), Notre Dame University (Indiana), and at the Hoffman Center for Business Ethics at Bentley University (Massachusetts). He currently serves as a Visiting Professor at the HCBE at Bentley University.

This event is sponsored by RCC-Harvard, IECO, University of Valencia, and the Harvard Kennedy School New England Alumni Association.

Registration for this workshop is $25 (and it includes light snacks)! If you have any questions, contact Karen Kingsbury at or call 617-227-2050. Class size is limited to 25 participants.