Vision and Relationship in Amsterdam

We are excited about DDI's first workshop in Amsterdam focusing on Leadership, Vision and Relationships. Check it out !! Some of our students in the Ukraine, Africa and Palestine have urged us to create more possibilities for the DDI student community to connect to the European Leadership community, and we thought that Amsterdam, with its international and forward thinking culture, would be a good center for our West European activities. If it all works well, we hope we can offer an International Deep Democracy Diploma Program that is based in the Netherlands.

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Tuesday, 18. August 2009 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

Crazy about Kyiv

In our  seminar in January in Kyiv, the participants and us started to develop a vision and strategy to bring the world's attention to Kyiv (or Kiev in the old spelling) as one of the most exciting cities on the planet. We made a competition between 5 groups for who would come up with the most fun, deepest and most impactful message. We want to capture the spirit of Kyiv and give it a voice in the world at large. All five groups won, really, because everyone was better than all the others. We had some prize money on it, US $ 200 per group, but at the end, all the participants decided that the total prize money of US $ 1000 should go to creating an organization that helps to communicate the beauty and brilliance and inspiration of Kyiv to the world at large. That's how Kyiv-Crazy was born. Over the next months, you will see the groups working on their projects, in Kyiv on our website, which we just started, . Please pass this site on to other kyiv lovers.


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Wednesday, 01. April 2009 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog4 comments

Babuschka vs IBM

Anton Ermolenko, who lives in Odessa and is part of the DDI Ukraine has a great blog. One of the recent entries is titled Babushka versus IBM, an example from one of ours seminars, that shows that vision and a sense of being connected to a deeper process is useful independent of the size of an organization, large corporations or street vendors. Inspiration cannot be learned or manifactured, but only discovered inside oneself. Read his blog at and write here what you think about it. Use Ukrainian, Russian, or English. Many people visit this site from all over the world and use the google translator to read your thoughts.


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Wednesday, 18. March 2009 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

DDI Program Evaluation Methodology

Josef Helbling, DDI's Director of Program Evaluation, and Ellen Schupbach, DDI's Executive Director, have incorporated the Interpersonal Reactivity Index (IRI) into DDI's evaluation methodology. The IRI (Davis, 1996) is the most widely used of the many methods for researching empathy. It assesses the complex and multi-faceted concept of empathy through measuring the following subscales: Perspective taking,  Empathic concern, Fantasy, Personal distress.

We feel that IRI is well suited to evaluate our programs for a number of reasons. First, the close connection between the four distinct components of empathy with the defined core competencies of our program provides an obvious fit. The Index has been validated within a number of cultural contexts, suggesting a potential applicability for other non-Western cultures where DDI is active.

We have custom tailored this index according to the core competencies of our program. Although we plan to use this evaluation to gage the effectiveness of our courses and the development of the students in the specified areas, we will make an additional analysis and use of the results within the framework of our own training system.

The core of Process Oriented Leadership is the idea that disturbances are meaningful. Applied to this evaluation process, this means that we need to unfold the meaning of a low score and find out what is good or right about an apparent un-empathetic aspect so that it can be used consciously and effectively. We do not think of a low score as bad. A high or low score simply provides information that we can use to enhance the system and the individual learning process.

An example is a participant that scores low on the fantasy scale: the person does not have a propensity for fantasy but tends to stay within the practical, tangible world. We would try to discover the wisdom in this process for this individual. Maybe she or he lives in a high-pressure conflict zone in which you cannot afford to day dream, you must stay alert for the sake of survival. This quality is clearly valuable and needed. We do not want to get rid of this attribute. We want to help the person become conscious of it and use it more fully in her or his life. This might also allow the space for the opposite attribute, the ability to fantasize, to be developed and used as well.For our purposes, however, the significance of this scale is to create awareness around these defined processes of empathy. Our goal is not to create more empathetic leaders but to encourage self awareness about the component experiences of empathy and reactivity.

For additional information on DDI's use of the IRI please click here

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Monday, 12. January 2009 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG0 comments

Ukraine Leadership Courses

Дорогие друзья, С тех пор, как мы дали интервью Киево-Могилянской Бизнес-Школе, Украина столкнулась с тяжелым экономическим кризисом. Инфляция выросла в среднем до 30% в сравнении прошлым годом, а падающие цены на металл создали существенные дополнительные проблемы для Украины, которая получает 40% своего дохода от экспорта этой продукции. С падением гривны, многие долларовые кредиты не погашаются или не будут погашены в срок. Как результат, все финансовые потоки прекратились, и инвесторы выводят свой капитал из оборота. Сложившаяся ситуация также влияет на нашу программу обучения в Украине, которая – по национальной традиции – предлагалась на долларовой основе. Тем не менее, мы серьезно говорили про «Дух Украины» и ее умение выживать и расцветать. Мы искренне верим, что это более сильная и стойкая система, чем временные взлёты и падения мировой экономики. Мы согласны со многими экономистами, что падение гривны окажет длительное влияние на украинскую экономику. И хотя приведение процесс стабилизации будет сложным, мы верим, что украинцы используют этот период для того, чтобы объединиться, измениться и стать лучше. Воодушевляясь этим, мы, Институт Глубинной Демократии, увеличиваем наши вложения моментальным снижением цены на наши семинары на 30%. Также в январе мы познакомим вас с нашей коучинговой методикой, которая помогает людям справляться с необходимыми трудностями. Мы чувствуем, что это не только выражение нашего отношения и любви этой стране, а еще и мудрое лидерское решение и хорошая инвестиция, которая, как мы надеемся, наконец-то будет наследована другими.

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Monday, 22. December 2008 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog4 comments


Oleksandra Matushenko and Victor Oksenyuk from the Kyiv Mohyla Business School in Kiev interview Max and Ellen Schupbach about their organizational leadership training programs, WorldWork, and Deep Democracy. For the English Interview, click here to open a pdf version. For the Ukrainian Interview, go to the KMBS website.

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Saturday, 20. December 2008 • DDI INTERNATIONAL BLOG, Pусскоязычный Блог Russian Blog0 comments