Our sessions are interesting, energizing, and challenging. Here’s what to expect:
Personalities– During this session, participants will:
- Differentiate between four general personality styles.
- Identify the relative strengths of the four types in their own personality.
- Experience ways in which different personality types approach tasks.
- Create a persuasive communication regarding their proposed change that deliberately targets each personality type.
Identities and Cultures– During this session, participants will:
- Identify three core components of their personal identity and academic identity.
- Describe how their identity influences assumptions and behaviors.
- Identity the micro-cultures that combine to shape their identity.
- Illustrate how their identity is connected to their proposed change.
Cultures and Conversations– During this session, participants will:
- Predict areas of conflict or support regarding their proposed change given the identities and micro-cultures of others.
- Identify key aspects of their proposed change that are likely to be palatable across relevant cultures and personality types.
The Elevator Pitch– During this session, participants will:
- Identify the components of and criteria for an effective ‘elevator pitch’.
- Create a brief ‘pitch’ for their proposed change.
Building Teams– During this session, participants will:
- Identify key behaviors of different stages of team development.
- Identify five characteristics of effective teams.
- Generate strategies to encourage interpersonal interactions that build effective teams.
- Generate ideal team rosters – both tactical and strategic – for their proposed change.
- Identify real people who could fill in the ideal rosters.
Difficult conversations– During this session, participants will:
- Classify the components and subtexts that define a ‘difficult conversation’.
- Assess the likelihood of difficult conversations in their own institutions, and analyze the stakes of those conversations for their own and others’ identities.
- Choose and apply conversational strategies, including Acknowledgment, Paraphrase, Me-Me-And, and You-Me-And to model difficult conversations about their proposed change.
Buy-In– During this session, participants will:
- Anticipate likely non-substantive objections to their proposed change.
- Identify common arguments against change in general.
- Verbalize responses to several common non-substantive arguments, in the context of their proposed change.
Partnerships– During this session, participants will:
- Identify key characteristics of successful partnerships.
- Compare and contrast partnerships with teams.
- Create a list of potential partnerships that could help them improve influence or strengthen resources related to their proposed change.
- Develop a plan to cultivate at least one strategic partnership, and justify its strategic nature.
Change Simulation (KEEN)– During this session, participants will:
- Experience a highly interactive exercise.
- Practice integrating all aspects of the MACH curriculum.
- Identify strengths and weaknesses in implementing academic innovation projects (in terms of Curiosity, Making Connections, and Creating Value).
- Identify strategies that can help them execute their academic innovation project.
Risks– During this session, participants will:
- Identify risks associated with undertaking their proposed change.
- Classify risks according to their likely probability and severity of consequence.
- Create strategies to mitigate the most severe/probable risks.
Engines and Anchors– During this session, participants will:
- List attributes, resources, people, etc. that will likely positively or negatively influence the proposed project.
- Identify and describe root causes of the likely negative influences.
- Reflect on which objections most threaten a successful change.
- Identify positive aspects of the likely negative influences.
- Revise SMART goals.
Action Plan– During this session, participants will:
- Develop an Action Plan and a project management timeline of tasks and goals based on the activities conducted in this workshop overall. Plans will include team building, partnerships, critical conversations, influence, etc.
The Final Pitch– During this session, participants will:
- Deliver a polished elevator pitch regarding their proposed change to the assembled participants and facilitators.