2017 Executive Leadership Institute Curriculum

Sunday, April 30

Discussion of 7 Cs: Myers Briggs Interpretation
1:15-2:30 p.m.

This session will feature a brief exploration of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator approach to understanding your own leadership style and that of others. Students will learn better ways of working with people who have various leadership styles.

Presenter: John Tropman, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work

Coach Approach for Managing within Human Services
2:45-4:15 p.m.

Employee engagement is one of the toughest issues facing nonprofit leaders, as we often struggle to maintain the talent necessary for delivering high-quality services. In this session, gain an understanding of the coach approach for managing, which empowers employees and create an environment of open communication and collaboration. Participants will practice the skills for being effective coaches and leave prepared to apply the behavioral model within their organizations.

Presenter: Sally Schmall, lecturer, University of Michigan

Monday, May 1

Journaling for Leaders
8:30-9 a.m.

Learn how to use a journal as a tool for stress management and self-exploration, as well as a place to reflect on experiences, reinforcing key lessons learned. A journal is not a mere log of activities—it is a place to think through ideas that are initially unclear, but later become apparent. Learn and practice the art of journaling.

Presenter: Lynn Wooten, associate dean of undergraduate programs and clinical associate professor of strategy, management, and organizations, Ross School of Business

Crisis Leadership
1:15-2:30 p.m.

Presenter: Lynn Wooten, associate dean of undergraduate programs and clinical associate professor of strategy, management, and organizations, Ross School of Business

The 21st Executive Leader: Crucial Competencies
2:45-4 p.m.

This session will discuss the most important and relevant characteristics and competencies for 21st century leaders. Learn about relevant characteristics and competencies and begin to develop your own leadership style through interactive discussions, small group work, and case studies.

Presenter: John Tropman, Henry J. Meyer Collegiate Professor of Social Work, University of Michigan School of Social Work

Tuesday, May 2

How Having Hope Helps
10:20 a.m.-Noon

Hope is far more than something to just have casually in hand as we pass through our days. Studies are showing that hope correlates with better work performance, better health, and better scholastic and athletic performance. Conversely, its absence can lead to despair and disengagement. Learn why leaders must mindfully build hope in their organizations and leave with practical ways to foster a positive workplace culture.

Presenter: Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and CEO, Zingerman's Community of Businesses

Art Related to Social Justice
1:45-4:45 p.m.

This session will focus on building skills for promoting critical contextual thinking as a core set of four capacities for doing justice:

  • Critical contextual, structural thinking: How to identify sources, manifestations, consequences, and mechanisms of injustice and develop more diverse and just theories and practice
  • Critical awareness, use of self, and strategies for resilience and generativity: How to locate and analyze our social categories, deepen critical consciousness, and stay whole and engaged
  • Conflict, dialogue, and community: How to recognize and honor differences and collaborate with others to achieve social justice goals
  • Actions toward a social justice vision: Enacting vision and change through information gathering, planning, and engaging in practice steps towards change

Presenter: Larry Gant, professor of social work and professor of art and design, University of Michigan

Wednesday, May3

Technology Essentials for Human Services Leaders
9-11:30 a.m.

This session will provide context and information nonprofit need to make better strategic decisions about technology. Discuss how to be a confident, thoughtful, and skillful leader around technology, and review strategies for creating appropriate technology solutions that have the potential to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and increase capacity.

Presenter: John Kenyon, nonprofit technology educator and strategist, Sonoma State University

The Hunt for Nonprofit Financial Security
1:15-4:15 p.m.

As leaders, we are all too familiar with the constant search for financial security. This session will explore the various ways the very nature of the nonprofit sector reinforces this instability. Explore how nonprofit leaders can stabilize their financial footing. Specific topics may include, the search for sustainable funding, building financial literacy throughout the organization, the role of reserve funds, and advocating for full-cost funding.

Presenter: Barbara S. Hiltz, clinical assistant professor of social work, University of Michigan

The Importance of Institutional History in Purposing Organizations for the Future
6:30-8:30 p.m.

Presenter: James Duderstadt, president emeritus and university professor of science and engineering, University of Michigan

Thursday, May 4

Adaptive Leadership & Resistance to Change
8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m

This interactive session will introduce the key concepts of Adaptive Leadership using a constructivist pedagogy, as well as case consultancy and its rationale. The presenter will illustrate concepts with various case studies, the changes they call for, and why and how people resist change. Students will take away activities they can use with their staff and organizations to begin the process of change.

Brendan O’Day, founding partner, The Meristem Group

Developing rEvolutionary Cross-Functional Teams
2:45-4:45 p.m.

We all serve as leaders and members of cross-functional teams, and our future success will depend on how well we can develop our cognitive, behavioral, emotional, and spiritual capacities. Participants will learn about the skills necessary to build cross-functional teams and to use them to change systems within their organizations, facilitate community partnerships, and achieve broader systems change.

Presenter: Tom Woll, facilitator, Strategic Change Initiative

Friday, May 5: 15th Anniversary Session

The Spirit of Generosity
9-11 a.m.

During this session, learn how to build your bottom lines by building generosity into your work. Participants will and take away 22 techniques for weaving generosity into their work.

Presenter: Ari Weinzweig, co-owner and CEO, Zingerman's Community of Businesses

The Sector Trending
11:15-12:30 pm

In the midst of great uncertainty and change within and throughout our sector, many key stakeholders wonder what the future will hold. The sectors core capacities could be affected by trends in the economy, demographics, technology, communications, and even how leisure time is spent. Gain insight on what the future holds, as well practical tools for prepare for the future.

Presenter: Tom Woll, facilitator, Strategic Change Initiative

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