Monthly Archives: September 2015

Going Further Together

Thrive and Conscious Brands Partner on Leadership Program

This fall, Thrive is teaming up with Conscious Brands to help launch Calgary into the new economy. We are joining forces on a collaborative leadership program, Spiral Table®, providing unique peer-to-peer training for leaders in purpose-driven organizations to accelerate personal and organizational growth.

The initial nudge for the partnership came from Stephanie Jackman, founder of REAP Business Association, and member of the Spiral Table® program. ‘You should really check this out for Thrive’s learning community.’ Intrigued, but unsure about Conscious Brands’ willingness to join forces, Thrive arranged an initial meeting.

The Spiral Table® program seemed like an ideal fit for Thrive, who was seeking ways to provide Calgary leaders in sustainability and social change with opportunities to effectively connect and grow their skills.

Over a quick cup of tea, the synergies between the two organizations became immediately clear. As a result, a partnership to grow the Spiral Table® program in Calgary was born.

This partnership exemplifies one of Conscious Brands guiding principles, “If you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go further, go together” (African proverb). Rather than reinvent the wheel, Thrive is able to adopt an existing program, the Spiral Table®, into their offerings. It provides the structure and processes to deepen relationships and collaborate on effective solutions for a vibrant, new economy in Calgary. At the same time, Conscious Brands, will benefit from the connections Thrive has to local businesses and social innovators via their developed network.

What exactly is the Spiral Table® program?

Spiral Table® is a form of collaborative leadership development, or peer-to-peer learning, created by Conscious Brands. It’s aimed toward leaders and change-makers of purpose-driven organizations, to help them grow and evolve, together. Meeting monthly over the course of one year in groups of 6-8, each session involves dialoguing through the most pressing challenges and opportunities faced by individual members. Backed by thoughtfully cultivated research and facilitation from Conscious Brands, each Spiral Table® effectively becomes its own senior level advisory group, sounding board, and idea generator for the organizations involved.

Collaborative leadership development goes beyond a simple exchange of advice and information. Going further together means a deeper, more connected approach. It requires an environment of trust and vulnerability, and a commitment to the other leaders to help grow their skills and achieve their goals, as well as one’s own.

Rarely in the professional world are we given the time and opportunity to open up in this way, and have a group of mentors in our immediate circle.

It’s this level of reflection and engagement that produces the most meaningful transformations in the participants.

The concept began as a pilot several years ago, and the original Spiral Table® is still going today, 7 years strong. Now, with 4 active Tables and 2 more to start this fall, Conscious Brands can say with certainty that it’s been a game-changer for them and their members – one that is ready to be offered to a broader audience. That’s where Thrive’s vibrant network of local economy leaders comes in.

Take Action:

  • Check out Conscious Brands here. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook, or stay in touch by signing up for their newsletter database.
  • Follow Thrive on Twitter or Facebook, or sign up for Thrive’s newsletter database to stay up to date on local happenings that are building a vibrant sustainable local economy in Calgary.
  • Join a Spiral Table® and grow your leadership collaboratively. Contact Barb Davies at Thrive by phone 403-204-2668 or email for details.