Leading Change at All Levels

The traditional change model is top-down. This restricts the range of ideas. Distributed-leadership organizations encourage ideas from people at all levels. The emphasis is on agility, innovation, and speed — sensing and seizing opportunities quickly.  In this video, Deborah Ancona, Director of the MIT Leadership Center at MIT Sloan School of Management presents a new Read More »

Setting Goals in Four Dimensions

In this video, Allison Rimm discuss setting goals to create life balance.  Write down your priorities for the short, medium, and long terms in four major categories: your career, your relationships and family, your role in the community, and as caretaker of your mind, body, and spirit. Review and re-balance the priorities periodically. After viewing Read More »

Real Influence

Research shows that most people would rather be influenced than pushed, because it feels like more control is retained when the impression is one of influence. To influence people, you need to show them what an amazing outcome you can produce. In this video, Mark Goulston, M.D. provides ways to be more influential.  He asserts, Read More »

Listening as an Ally

So often, we listen as critics, seeking out the flaws in others’ ideas. What if we tried listening as an ally? Based on his latest book Opening Doors To Teamwork & Collaboration: The 4 Keys That Change Everything, author and organization development pioneer Fred Miller looks at the ways in which this simple change in Read More »

Connect Vision to Action

Only about 30 percent of change efforts succeed. To beat those odds, increase productivity five-fold by ensuring that employees are at their peak. This occurs when the basics of project management are present, execution is high, and people have a sense of meaning.  In this video, Scott Keller will discuss what takes people from vision to Read More »

Nurture Your Creative Thinking

If you really want to be a creative thinker, you need to approach your day systematically and guard your time so that you can focus on projects and issues, shares Gaia Grant. Here, she talks about how to take control of your time.   Ideas for Action Set times during the day when you turn Read More »

ABCs of Stress Management

Stress is largely personal – what’s stressful for you may not be stressful for someone else. That’s because people’s reaction to stressful events is based on their own perception of the event–not the event itself. If your perception determines your level of stress, by changing your thinking, you can change your reaction. And that can Read More »

Eat. Learn. Grow Professionally with Adam Grant

Originals: How Non-Conformists Rule the World To survive and thrive, organizations need original thinking. Yet most individuals stay silent instead of voicing their best ideas—and many leaders stifle dissent rather than encouraging it. Learning & Organizational Development (L&OD) in collaboration with Staff Senate invites you to join the discussion on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 from 12:00 -1:30 Read More »

Know Yourself, Grow Yourself | Read and Learn Together

Spring is a great time to start a new book.  Join university employees who are reading and learning together.  We will meet to discuss Brainhack: Tips and Tricks to Unleash Your Brain’s Full Potential by Neal Pavitt on Friday, May 19th, 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at McKimmon Corner Cafe’ located in McKimmon Center.  Pavitt offers tips and tricks Read More »