Friday, February 15
|8:30 am – 10:35 am
||Creating a “Yes, And” Culture of High-Level Performance & Engagement
Presenter: Galen Emanuele, President, Shift Yes
The improv concept of “Yes, And” reverses “No, But” thinking to radically improve communication, team performance, and engagement. Through thought-provoking activities, participants will learn how to communicate and influence others with the tools of “Yes, And”; establish a collaborative environment that fosters personal accountability and the desire for team members to make each other look good; and drive a work culture that adapts positively to change, is open to new ideas, and navigates conflict with ease.
- Demonstrate how to communicate and influence others with the tools of “Yes, And.”
- Discuss how to be present, engaged, and skillfully listen when communicating.
- Explain how to establish a collaborative team environment of support where people strive to make others look good and take accountability for how they impact each other.
- Describe how to drive a work culture that adapts positively to change, is receptive to new ideas, and navigates conflict with ease.
|10:50 am – 12:30 pm
||Paddling Upstream in a Public-School Canoe – Public Schools that Work!
Presenter: John Draper, Ed.D., NSPRA National Consultant
The truth is that public schools are good as or better than they have ever been—so why the national negativity surrounding them? It’s not low test scores or dwindling discipline or selfish unions or partisan politics or decaying families. John Draper pushes aside the branches of evil and leads you on a journey to the root of the problem—and you’ll be surprised at the public myth that drives such negativity about public schools. If we want to make it easier to paddle the public school canoe we need to change the direction of the stream. Learn the three truths that we must embrace: 1. Good things are happening in public schools everywhere. 2. Public schools must change to serve today’s students. 3. All educators must share the good news and lead.
- Identify two common “traps” that snare school leaders and undermine public schools and develop options for avoiding those traps.
- Discuss three simple practices to better engage staff and community in support of all public schools.
- Describe two simple practices that will drive motivation and positive energy into the community.
|1:45 pm – 4:00 pm
||Soulful LeadershipTM: A Visionary Manifesto for the 21st Century
Presenter: Gaurav Bhalla, Ph.D., CEO Knowledge Kinetics
New times require new narratives, because those who led us here can’t always take us forward. Soulful Leadership is a new human-centric narrative that reimagines leadership’s purpose and reshapes its outcomes. In today’s complex and uncertain world, the humanity of leaders is significantly more important than their executive brilliance. Travel on a provocative, interactive, and inward journey of reflection and self-awareness to better understand and connect with your own humanity so you can answer for yourself a few fundamental questions, such as “What kind of leader do I want to be?” and “How will my leadership journey increase the wellbeing and prosperity of the greatest many, not just the privileged and powerful few?” Unpack dynamic ways to become the kind of leader your team is proud to follow.
- Compare leading with one's humanity (Soulful Leadership) vs. leading solely with one's executive mind.
- Describe how to implement Soulful Leadership practices to increase overall trust and engagement with leaders, with work, and with the organization.
- Discuss how to create a Soulful Leadership culture to increase the wellbeing and prosperity of the greatest many in the organization.
Saturday, February 16
|8:15 am – 11:15 am
||Techno Race: Leadership Scavenger Challenge
Log into an immersive reality-based game that challenges teams to tackle individual tasks in the most creative fashion imaginable. Each team is given an iPad, a unique task related to a final project, and a piece of information regarding that task. No one team sees the “whole picture” until the end, when everyone—and every part— comes together. Participants reflect on working together and in silos; on making assumptions and sharing strategies; and on doing their part to ensure the entire team succeeds in the end. Hone your leadership, relationship management, time management, and team management skills—and have fun doing it.
- Discuss the negative impacts of employees working in silos and how to prevent this situation in your workplace.
- Outline effective team collaboration and communication skills.
- Describe strategies for managing time in high-pressure situations.