Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2011
Often, when leaders experience trouble, they look to blame an outside source or expect a small tweak to right their ship. But many times they have actually lost their grip on the basic foundation of their own leadership.
Unusually Excellent will offer both seasoned and aspiring leaders a framework for understanding and a guide for applying the fundamentals of leadership at every stage in their careers. The business environment may change, but no management trend can displace the core laws, proven over centuries, of excellent leadership.
Leadership expert, John Hamm, explains why leadership can’t be mastered as a single concept or tool that can be pulled out of a hat when needed. Excellent leadership is composed of actions, ideas, emotions, cultural forces, history, and expectations that work together in an interconnected system. This system forms the core of the winning combination of superb Character, skill-based Competence, and professional Reputation. Hamm demonstrates that any leader can excel by consistently putting into action the Necessary Nine skills: being authentic, trustworthy, and compelling; leading people, strategy, and execution; communicating, making decisions, and making an impact.
Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2011
Niki den Nieuwenboer
When we see cases of unethical behavior in the news, we are often quick to dismiss them as examples of immoral people doing immoral things. This will never happen to us, because I am a good person, and we hire ethical people here. Right?
This presentation will take a different point of view. Together, we will explore how well-intentioned leadership and management might facilitate unethical behavior in subordinates. We will learn about people's inner desires and motivations, and about what we as leaders do to make unethical behavior seem not only more attractive, but also as the only way that people can realize a happy and productive working life.
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011
Teri Escobar and Bill Mains
In The Myth of Multitasking author Dave Crenshaw invites us on a journey with his fictional leader Helen. You will easily recognize the chaos that fills Helen's day as your own. As dependable leaders here at SCU we recognize that decreasing demands on our time is an impossibility. Crenshaw says, "You are now living in a world where you [don't even] have time to get time." Crenshaw believes that "you do have that time, it's just getting lost in the seams" and his book The Myth of Multitasking reads like a short FAQ on how to find that time again.
In this workshop we will explore how the five practices of exemplary leadership (from The Leadership Challenge by Kouzes and Posner) align with Crenshaw's practices in Myth of Multitasking. We will also provide several 'best practices' you can use to make technology work harder for you.
Join Bill, Teri, and fellow SCU leaders in taking Crenshaw's Multitasking Challenge and decide for yourself if multitasking is an effective and efficient way of working. If managing your time better was on your New Year's resolution list, this workshop is for you.
Thursday, Jan. 13, 2011
Want to know what you can do to encourage and support the creativity and innovation in others, your staff, students as well as yourself? In this interactive presentation you will! You will learn four key ways to cultivate creativity. We will look at the oh-so-many practical approaches to apply the four key ways, as well. We will also explore the four conditions and their elements that make an organization of any size innovative. Knowing these conditions will help you build a program, team or an organization that is will be conducive to innovation. This will be a practical workshop. You will leave with an approach and a plan for innovating at least one element of your professional or personal life.
Friday, Dec. 10, 2010
What does it take to establish a reputation as a leader? In this briefing, led by Jo Miller, CEO of Women’s Leadership Coaching, you will discover the essential elements that help determine who you are as a leader or, if you will, your leadership identity. You will also learn ways to communicate your leadership identity to others as you build a reputation as a competent leader and manager. You will learn:
- The three essential elements of a great career niche
- How to identify your unique leadership niche
- Ways to communicate your niche to others