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2012

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Speaker: Josh Perry

Practical Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas in the Life of a Professional

Moral confusion.  Conflicts of interest.  Right v. right dilemmas.  Matters of duty, responsibility, and consequence.  Ethical issues pervade professional life, and thoughtful reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential for leaders in the worlds of business, law, ministry, education, and healthcare.  This interactive and practical session will assume that ethical decision making is more complicated than knee-jerk intuitions and lessons learned in Kindergarten.  Session participants will be introduced to a practical framework for assessing and resolving ethical dilemmas and coached through application of the framework using a variety of scenarios from across the professional landscape.  Session participants are encouraged to submit to Professor Perry a description of a live ethical issue from their own real-life experience that may be incorporated (without identifying information) into the session's materials.   The description should be 1-2 paragraphs.  Include brief discussion of the background context, the issue, the stakeholders, and what makes the dilemma particularly challenging.

2011

Saturday, February 19, 2011
Speaker: Josh Perry

Practical Approaches to Ethical Dilemmas in the Life of a Professional

Moral confusion.  Conflicts of interest.  Right v. right dilemmas.  Matters of duty, responsibility, and consequence.  Ethical issues pervade professional life, and thoughtful reflection upon and resolution of ethical dilemmas are essential for leaders in the worlds of business, law, ministry, education, and healthcare.  This interactive and practical session will assume that ethical decision making is more complicated than knee-jerk intuitions and lessons learned in Kindergarten.  Session participants will be introduced to a practical framework for assessing and resolving ethical dilemmas and coached through application of the framework using a variety of scenarios from across the professional landscape.  Session participants are encouraged to submit to Professor Perry a description of a live ethical issue from their own real-life experience that may be incorporated (without identifying information) into the session's materials.   The description should be 1-2 paragraphs.  Include brief discussion of the background context, the issue, the stakeholders, and what makes the dilemma particularly challenging.    

Saturday, January 29, 2011
Speaker: Steve Olson

Transformational Leadership
One of the greatest and least explored challenges of transformationalleadership is "How to raise the moral level of the people themselves?" Research and experience indicate that leaders must embody and model thechanges for which they are advocating. But knowing what behaviors youneed to change, let alone changing them, can be difficult. Moral changerequires deep personal insight, courage, and a heightened sense ofresponsibility, which might explain why so few people do it.

This workshop is based on research and techniques developed at Harvard University regarding change leadership in the professions. It strivesto deepen participants' insights into, and accountability for, their ownleadership behavior as they seek to meet the complex moral demands oftheir professions.


Reading: Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, "The Real Reason People Won'tChange," Harvard Business Review

2010

 Saturday, October 9, 2010

Speaker: Graham Reside
Strategic Leadership: Moving from Aspiration to Reality
One of the primary tasks of leadership is strategic planning. Leaders help their people move from aspiration to reality. This workshop is intended to provide a framework for project development and accomplishment. Dr. Graham Reside will lead participants through a process of identifying problems to creating the necessary partnerships and strategic interventions for effective project completion. Utilizing the concept of appreciative inquiry, we will work to devise a strategic plan to help bring our aspirations into reality. Together, we will work to turn vague ideas into reality through partnership and effective strategy. In our time together, we will work on defining our interests and concerns, connecting them to real world needs, and then, in relationship with one another, devise strategies for moving from vision to accomplishment. Along the way, we will explore means for project evaluation and reporting. As the title suggests, participants will deepen their capacity to turn their ideas and commitments into reality, and along the way we will learn what it means to inquire with appreciation into ourselves, our strengths, values and even our limitations.

Saturday, September 11, 2010
Speaker: Kevin Spears
Clarity - Planning - Action: Getting Common Good Done
Among professionals committed to the common good, there is no shortage of good ideas. Good implementation, though, can be elusive. In this workshop, Kevin Spears will introduce three basic disciplines for taking projects from idea to actuality: deep discovery, clarifying outcomes, and creating work breakdown structures. Together, these disciplines ensure that projects are designed well and implemented successfully. Participants will use current projects as a medium for engaging the three disciplines.

Saturday, March 20, 2010
Speaker Barbara McClure
Understanding Leadership: Bringing out the Best in Ourselves and Others
Leadership is a complex endeavor that requires high level thinking, deep understanding of ourselves and others, and personal maturity to be done well. In this workshop we will draw on theories of human development to understand better ourselves and others, to illuminate why we do the things we do, both at our best and when we are not at our best, and how to bring our best to the role more consistently. Participants will engage a current issue from their work lives with the goal of understanding what is going on better, and strategizing new ways of addressing it.

Saturday, February 6, 2010
Speaker Josh Perry and Shelli Yoder
Body, Soul, and Meaningfulness in Work and at Play
Do you wonder whether your professional life will have purpose and meaning and connection to something bigger than just a paycheck? Do you worry about whether you are living an examined life that is authentic and in harmony with your core values? Many external factors combine to confuse and complicate our ability to be aware of and in tune with our most deeply-held values, which then compromise our ability to contribute meaningfully and positively within our work environment or organizational climate. This workshop will focus on developing mindful awareness, intentional integration of what Dr. Parker Palmer refers to as soul & role, and other strategies for greater self-understanding, personal empowerment, and professional flourishing.

Saturday, January 16, 2010
Speaker Steve Olson
Transformational Leadership
One of the greatest and least explored challenges of transformational leadership is How to raise the moral level of the people themselves? Research and experience indicate that leaders must embody and model the changes that they are advocating for. But knowing what behaviors you need to change, let alone changing them, can be difficult. Moral change requires deep personal insight, courage, and a heightened sense of responsibility, which might explain why so few people do it. This workshop is based on research and techniques developed at Harvard University regarding change leadership in the professions and it deepens participants' insights into, and accountability for, the their own leadership behavior as they seek to lead regarding the moral challenges of the professions. Reading: Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, "The Real Reason People Won't Change," Harvard Business Review

2009

Saturday, Oct 24, 2009
Speaker Kevin Spears
Clarity - Planning - Action: Getting Common Good Done
Among professionals committed to the common good, there is no shortage of good ideas. Good implementation, though, can be elusive. In this workshop, Kevin Spears will introduce three basic disciplines for taking projects from idea to actuality: clarifying outcomes, designing results-oriented activities and creating a work breakdown structure that keeps projects on track and on time. Participants will use current projects as a medium for engaging the three disciplines.

Saturday, September 26, 2009
Speaker Rush Kidder
Building Ethical Fitness--Making Tough Choices When Both Sides Are Right
You know it's the right thing to do - but have you got the moral courage to do it? In the rogue's gallery of executive failures, there's a wing reserved for those whose integrity buckled in a crisis. Legendary leaders are known for two things: They make the tough ethical calls, and they've got the guts to act when their values are put to the test. Kidder, a consummate storyteller, uses gripping accounts from his decades of interviewing to describe how individuals and organizations build Ethical Fitness. This workshop draws on two of his highly regarded books - How Good People Make Tough Choices and Moral Courage - to help us understand what characteristics define the morally courageous leaders who are most apt to change our collective futures.

Saturday, August 29, 2009
Speaker Graham Reside
Strategic Leadership: Moving from Aspiration to Reality
This workshop will take participants through a process of identifying problems to creating the necessary partnerships and strategic interventions for effective project completion. We want to turn vague ideas into reality through partnership and effective strategy. In our time together, we will work on defining our interests and concerns, connecting them to real world needs, and then, in relationship with our organizational partners, to devise meaningful projects for the year. Along the way, we will explore means for project evaluation and reporting. As the title suggests, participants will deepen their capacity to turn their ideas and commitments into reality. In preparation for this workshop, please plan to bring a paragraph or two describing your initial interests for a project. Ideally, we will work in teams of 3 or more (minimum 2), and each group will draw from at least 2 professions.

Saturday, March 21, 2009
Speaker: Larry Wynn
Appreciative Inquiry
Join this introductory seminar to Appreciative Inquiry - a positive, practical and purposeful approach to personal and organizational development. Learn how to renew or revive your life and your organization as you set a clear intention for what you want to create. See how the process of (1) discovering what is, (2) dreaming what might be, and (3) designing effective strategies will lead you and your organization to (4) the destiny that is your new reality. Learn how this participative, generative, transformative and integrative typology will unleash an inquiry (conversation) in your organization among all participants. The process allows you to appreciate and celebrate what is already positive within your organization and build on this strength. Through the practice of Appreciative Inquiry you can move positive energy, transform your life and your organization and turn your dreams into reality. It's more than a process; it's a way of being.

Saturday January 21, 2009
Speaker: Steve Olson
Transformational Leadership
Transformational leadership, which seeks to raise the moral level of those being led, calls upon leaders to embody and model the changes for which they are advocating. But knowing what behaviors leaders need to change, let alone changing them, can be difficult and requires deep personal insight, moral courage, and a heightened sense of responsibility. This workshop is based on research and techniques developed at Harvard University regarding change leadership in the professions and it deepens participants' insights into, and accountability for, the their own leadership behavior as they seek to lead regarding the moral challenges of the professions.

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