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Oh Canada! Happy to Help Launch the New Brunswick Community College Management Academy

NBCCSIGNA few months ago, I was contacted by the HR department of the New Brunswick Community College in Canada.  The college was developing a curriculum for its planned Management Academy and had selected "Work Happy: What Great Bosses Know" as its primary text. The kickoff was to take place in October, and I was invited to lead the workshop in person.

 

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How could I resist an invitation like that? When I wrote the book, it had always been my hope that organizations would use it just this way. I was more than happy to help NBCC develop and facilitate the learning.

 

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We met on October 23rd and 24th in St. John. It was rainy and gray outside but warm and positive inside the conference center. I worked with the group on leadership fundamentals, coaching, feedback and tough conversations. Nearly 100 managers attended, and they jumped into the conversations and exercises with enthusiasm. It was clear to me that they care deeply about leadership.

 

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This is group shot with Colleen, Nina and Suzanne - -the HR brain trust behind the Academy. NBCCTeam

 

And this is the president of the NBCC, after the group surprised me with a gift: a framed picture of the cover of my book and the logo of the NBCC Management Academy! Jill&MarilynNBCC

 

This wasn't just a two-day program. It's the start of a long-term commitment to the managers of NBCC for continuous learning, providing practical management and leadership tools.

 

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An Amazing Week of Leadership!

Fourteen years ago, I developed the Poynter Leadership Academy, a large-scale program that draws high-potential leaders from across the world to the Poynter Institute. It's our most ambitious leadership program, which calls on the talents of nearly every faculty member.

 

Leadership Academy October 2014This year's group was just a delight. During the week, they received feedback on their leadership skills and challenges, studied performance management, motivation, leading creative people, coaching, time management, diversity, tough conversations, critical thinking and the effective use of using social media.

 

WideRobJillLA2014 RobJill2014Each Academy features a keynote called The Naughton Lecture, named in honor of Poynter's late, beloved president Jim Naughton.  This year's speaker was Rob King, senior VP of ESPN SportsCenter and News.  As you can see from these photos captured by my colleague, Kenny Irby, Rob is a dynamic speaker -- and leader.

 

Rob shared his personal journey as a leader as well as a parent. He pointed out the number of times he simply had to take a leap of faith that everything would turn out all right, even in the face of uncertainty. Rob's upbeat message about optimism and self-confidence in the face of change and challenge truly resonated with the class.

 

 

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Moderating a Gubernatorial Debate

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How's this for an assignment? On Friday October 10, I served as moderator for the Wisconsin gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Scott Walker and challenger Mary Burke. It was held in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. It was an honor to be invited to help guide this historic event. The race is being closely watched, in my very divided home state. The debate was carried on more than 100 TV and radio stations in Wisconsin and carried nationally on C-Span.

 

Here's a link to C-Span's broadcast of the event, in case you'd like to see it for yourself.

 

 

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Listen Better and You’ll Communicate Better

I learn something whenever I teach leadership workshops. That's because I believe there's already abundant wisdom already in the room. It was certainly the case when I led a week-long leadership and coaching program for journalists from around the world. As you can see from the class picture, it was a smart, diverse, fun group.     MediaProject2014Class   One of the participants, E.S. Isaac of India, made an impression on everyone. His wisdom and warm smile lifted us all. Isaac has a deep belief in the power of listening.   Jill&Isaac   Isaac inherited that belief from his father, a man who had no formal education, who was illiterate for much of his life, and yet was a formidable teacher. He gently schooled Isaac on the priceless value of listening. Now, your parents and mine may have tried to tell us to listen, but I bet the message was not quite as magical as this. Listen for yourself as Isaac tells the story:     You can read more about Isaac and see a photo of his family in a column I wrote for Poynter.org. Just click here.    
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A Chat across the Pond

ILMlogoMy book, columns and podcasts have connected me with leaders all across the world. Most recently, I was contacted by Rhian Morgan, writing for the Institute for Leadership and Management in the United Kingdom.

 

Rhian sent me a great list of questions, dug back into some of my columns, and wrote this combination profile/interview for ILM. It's called: "Women in Leadership: A Culture of Coaching." We discussed women's skills and values as leaders, the importance of coaching, and the essentials of power and influence. Here's a link to the story.

 

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