Faculty Workshop Series

Over the course of the 2013-14 academic year, the Center for Public Leadership offered a Faculty Workshop series that included the following workshops:

Previous Leadership Development workshop descriptions include:

Professor Ronald Heifetz: “Thinking About Leadership”

This seminar will present a practical framework for the practice of leader­ship -- mobiliz­ing adaptability so that an organization can thrive in changing and challenging environments. The framework turns on two key distinctions: between technical and adaptive work, and between leadership and authority.

We will distinguish technical problems from adaptive chal­lenges, and examine modes of operating when prob­lems are amenable to authoritative expertise in contrast to situations that demand changes in people's attitudes, values, or habits of behavior.

We will examine the roots of human authority structures, draw a distinction between leadership and authority, and explore the constraints on and resources for exercising leadership that come with having a position of senior authority.

We will explore the dangers of leadership and present a strategy for leading through the hazards of adaptive change.

Please come to the session prepared to discuss informally with your colleagues current adaptive challenges and leadership dilemmas you face in your organization. You will have opportunities to confer with your colleagues and learn from their perspectives on your current efforts.

Professor Julia Minson: “Judgment and Forecasting: Wisdom of Crowds”

Many leadership decisions rely on quantitative judgments or predictions about the future including estimates of costs, revenues, productivity, or popular support. This workshop will address the role of collaboration in improving the accuracy of such judgments. Do groups make more accurate judgments and forecasts than individuals? Why or why not? What processes and interventions can leaders institute to maximize the benefits of collaboration for judgment accuracy? What challenges might they face? The workshop will draw on recent research on group judgment and forecasting as well as participants' own experience to identify leadership take-aways.

Patricia Bellinger: “The Art of Leading in a Diverse World – skills, insights and best practices”

In this three-session course, we will explore the personal, interpersonal, organizational, and cultural dimensions of being an effective leader capable of leveraging diversity at multiple levels. How do we define diversity? How have our unique perspectives shaped our journeys? How do we experience bias and difference in our own lives and careers? How do those biases and experiences shape our interactions as change agents and leaders? What practices and programs can help leaders build diverse teams and organizations? How can we, in leadership roles, recognize and advance diversity and inclusion in the world around us? Through readings, discussion, and dialogues with visiting practitioners, students will grapple with these key issues and learn best practices for building diverse leadership teams.

Bill Shore: “Achieving Transformational Change”

The leadership development seminar will focus on the leadership strategies required to shift from incremental to transformational change when addressing major social problems. From a practitioner’s perspective that includes more than 25 years at Share Our Strength devoted to ending hunger, and also 15 years building our subsidiary Community Wealth Partners and working on scale and sustainability issues in housing, health care, and education reform, the major themes of our discussion will include:

  1. Picking battles big enough to matter but small enough to win
  2. Building nonprofits that not only redistribute wealth but actually create “community wealth” through various forms of commerce
  3. The challenge of addressing problems that affect those so vulnerable and voiceless that there are no markets either economic or political for solving them.
  4. The role played by failures of imagination
  5. The critical component of public policy
  6. Strategies for broadening one’s base and intersecting with the national conversation.

Professor Todd Rogers: “Behavior Change, Short-Course”

Over the last 30 years, behavioral scientists (psychologists, economists, political scientists, marketing researchers, organizational behavior scholar, etc.) have gained a deeper understanding of what motivates people, and what non-economic features of the choice environment influence decisions. Many of their insights challenge traditional assumptions about rationality and self-interest. This brief course focuses on how to leverage these insights about human decision making to design policies and interventions that improve societal well-being (i.e., develop “nudges”). This will be accomplished by building on the toolbox that standard economics provides for influencing behavior (namely, incentives and information) with the insights from behavioral science. This course will be redundant for students who have taken MLD 304a or MLD 304b.

David Gergen: “Leadership Communication”

Today's leaders must have an ability not only to analyze thoughtfully, but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This workshop will seek to strengthen the capacity of each participant to speak well in public settings. Approximately one-half of the workshop will be devoted to lectures introducing students to models of public presentations. In the other half, students will practice their skills in speaking. Much of the learning comes from each person in the workshop teaching others. The course is designed for potential leaders in politics and public policy as well as other professions.

Pukar Malla: “Nurturing Youth Leadership”

In many countries, the blend of aging leadership in social, economic and political sectors and waning youth engagement in decision-making has created a critical succession gap of knowledge and action. Often, these societies are driven by authorities that, fearing their loss of power, marginalize the youth. Particularly in developing nations, youth, while a demographic majority, are a power minority and their huge potential to lead innovation remains unharnessed.
The study group will build on the research and fieldwork of Pukar Malla, Senior Research Fellow at CPL, who is collaborating with Marshall Ganz and Ronald Heifetz in creating a framework for young innovators to lead change in developing nations. It will facilitate small-group discussions on nurturing youth leadership by studying real-world cases of successes and failures as well learning about leadership development tools. Relevant CPL faculty and field practitioners will engage in some of these discussions.