We already tell our children to say “no” and to run if a stranger tells them to get into a car. We are getting better at teaching them to say “no” in other dangerous situations: to sexual predators, to bullies, to peer pressure.
But are we equipping them well enough? “Not if we don’t help them rehearse responses before they suddenly need to employ them,” says Ira Chaleff, founder of the International Leadership Association’s Followership Learning Community and adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where Courageous Followership is part of the core curriculum in its professional management training for staff.
Watch the video below which will help you prepare you and your child to blink, think, choice and have a voice. Blink, Think, Choice, Voice:
Ira Chaleff is passionate about empowering parents, educators, and organization leaders to value Intelligent Disobedience and how they can foster it as outlined in his award-winning book, Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong (Berrett Kohler 2015).
Its recent video with his nationwide campaign Blink, Think, Choice, Voice gives parents, educators and children the steps to stand up by:
- Teaching your children how to stand up authority when you know what they are doing is wrong – how to encourage and provide support
- “Blink, Think, Choice, Voice” motto for children and adults —Finding Your Voice: Saying ‘No’ So You Are Heard
- Standing up to a bully even as a bystander – how you can do it
- The critical lessons from Guide Dog Training – incredible connection to life lessons
- Teaching Intelligent Disobedience: where and when do the lessons begin
Ira Chaleff is the author of The Courageous Follower: Standing Up To and For Our Leaders, now in its third edition, and coeditor of The Art of Followership: How Great Followers Make Great Leaders and Organizations, part of the Warren Bennis Leadership Series. He is the founder of the International Leadership Association’s Followership Learning Community and a member of the ILA board of directors. He is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter on Courageous Followership and transforming hierarchical relationships into powerful partnerships.
Chaleff is founder and president of Executive Coaching & Consulting Associates, which provides coaching, consulting, and facilitation to companies, associations, and agencies. He is adjunct faculty at Georgetown University, where Courageous Followership is part of the core curriculum in its professional management training for staff. Chaleff lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Washington, D.C.
Intelligent Disobedience: Doing Right When What You’re Told To Do Is Wrong is currently available via Amazon and all major online and brick-and-mortar book retailers in print, e-book, and audiobook formats.
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