In order to achieve their goals, contemporary organizations of all sorts must develop the capacity to learn and adapt to relentless change and occasional conflict. How team members think together and make decisions is one of the keys to effective team learning.
Professor Christ's presentation will zero in on specific strategies, tactics, and techniques to improve communication among team members, especially in face-to-face meetings. Though team-based decisions are often more effective than individual decisions, conflicting values and diverse viewpoints can make team decision-making tedious, frustrating, and ultimately dysfunctional. Several forms of group process have been developed in recent years to avoid the worst pitfalls of bad meetings and help group members think together productively. This presentation will focus on three primary strategies: active listening, balancing advocacy with inquiry, and focusing on the same perspective at the same time.
You don't want to miss this opportunity to learn from Dr. Jack Christ, a renowned expert in leadership. He is also the founder, professor and director of Leadership Studies at Ripon College. He helped create the Ethical Leadership Program at the college and currently serves as its Research Director. Dr. Christ regularly facilitates Leadership Ripon which is a community-based program that develops leaders to be more knowledgeable and better equipped to make key decisions affecting the welfare of their businesses, the community and themselves. Conflict & Communication in Leadership is one of the topics of Leadership Ripon. Dr. Christ's sessions are sure to be engaging, educational and enlightening. So bring your colleagues and friends to experience this extraordinary presentation by Dr. Christ.
The program will be held at Ripon College in the Heritage Room on February 21 with social/networking at 5:30 p.m.; dinner at 6 p.m.; and Dr. Christ's program at approximately 7 p.m. Please be aware that the program is 90 minutes long - so the session should conclude around 8:30 p.m.
Firm reservations must be made by noon on Monday, Feb. 18 by e-mailing Jill Towery at email@example.com or by calling her at 920-361-4442, ext. 224. Member and college student (with student ID) cost for the event is $15 and non-members $20; both payable at the door. The dinner entrée is a Mexican buffet. Vegetarian or dietary restrictions will be accommodated upon request when making the reservation.
Women in Management is a networking group and educational opportunity for area business and professional women, focusing on professional growth, personal development and the enhancement of leadership skills. Women in Management is not a fundraising organization. The money for the annual scholarship comes from member dues, allowing current members to give back to the next generation.
Those interested in joining Women In Management are welcome to attend as a guest prior to joining the organization. Applications to join Women In Management are available through membership chair Jill Towery at firstname.lastname@example.org. Membership forms will also be available at the meeting.