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Learnings & Outcomes | The Mandela Architecture


“The Mandela Architecture”, first and foremost, examines the indisputable fact that one man, Nelson Mandela, was able to affect massive, transformational change while incarcerated in a tiny cell, with absolutely no privileges, from a maximum security prison located on a diseased rock in the middle of the South Atlantic. Slowly and carefully, through his various personal blueprints for change, he was able to not only transform himself and those in his immediate sphere of influence, but also his prison populations, his nation, the rest of the world, and the future.

Although Mandela met with more resistance, anger and hatred than perhaps any leader in human history, he was somehow able, through his carefully constructed architecture, to change people’s perceptions of the future, one human transaction at a time.

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Perhaps the single, most important key to Mandela’s architecture was his commitment to his personal mission statement:

“During my lifetime I have dedicated myself to the struggle of the African people. I have fought against white domination, I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I live for now and one I hope to achieve in the near future. That is the pure essence of all that I do and all that I am”

The four blueprint sessions that comprise the workshop portion of “The Mandela Architecture” are extremely flexible and adaptable. For some, those blueprints can lead to the creation, or the strengthening of, a personal mission statement. For others, the blueprints can lead to a stronger commitment to a specific learning objective or organizational initiative. We tailor the focus of the blueprints to reflect whatever outcome is most desirable to your organization or workgroup. In their basic form, the four blueprint sessions focus on:

1) The Value of Constructive Feedback and 360 Instruments
2) The Environments that Inspiring Leaders Create
3) The Communication Styles that Exceptional Leaders Employ
4) Inspiring, Creating and Sustaining Commitments to Excellence

Some of our clients choose to go with the blueprints in their original form. Others ask us to customize them for the sake of specific objectives. Either way, the results are powerful, memorable, and transformational.


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