Leadership, Power, and Politics: How Organizations Get Things Done
Presenter: Vanessa Phipps, Future Force Group LLC

In the world of work, politics is what happens when people with different interests, personalities and approaches to becoming successful decide how they’re going to drive that success – both for themselves and for their organizations. Great leaders are, therefore, also typically great politicians who:

  • get things done despite the obstacles that confront them,
  • lead their teams so that they accomplish great work, and
  • can thrive through times of significant change.

This session will help participants understand their "natural" political style and strengths, along with identifying a set of skills that politically savvy people possess. Participants will also work in teams to both define which of those the skills they believe are most essential to being successful in their current roles, and discuss how they can increase their opportunities to develop political savvy as a workplace competency.

Managing Up: How to Move up, Win at Work, and Succeed with Any Type of Boss
Presenter: Mary Abbajay, President and Founder of Careerstone Group, LLC

Managing Up is your guide to the most valuable 'soft skill' your career has ever seen. It's not about sucking up or brown-nosing; it's about figuring out who you are, who your boss is, and finding where you meet. It's about building real relationships with people who have influence over your career. Managing up is good for you, good for your boss, and good for the organization. This workshop will give you strategies for developing these all-important connections and building more than rapport; you become able to quickly assess situations, and determine which actions will move you forward; you become your own talent manager, and your boss's top choice for that new opportunity. As a skill, managing up can do more for your career than simply 'networking' ever could—and Mary will show you how.

Bridging the Gap Cooperative Group Challenge
Host: Boar’s Head Outfitters

Experience a powerful transformation as we spend the morning sharpening your performance from the inside out by calling upon your creativity and problem-solving skills. Participants will learn to identify their strengths and possible blind spots through creative communication and engineering.

Bridging the Gap entails constructing a large model scale bridge that will span over a selected area with a gap in between two land masses. Groups must build the bridge, test it, and then give a sales pitch explaining their group’s design. The two sub-group’s objective is to build a bridge that spans over the gap by connecting two pieces of a bridge. Each sub-group will build one section of the bridge in a different area than the other half of the group. The groups will have limited communication through simulated phone calls, e-mails, and faxes. Time is limited, and the communication will add a road block into the construction phase. Participants will have to make decisions on the fly, sometimes without the input of the other half of their group. Communication, formulating a consensus on the design, and utilizing the skills and talents from everyone in the group are essential for success. Making the most of the planning phase and how to better communicate throughout the lifecycle of a project will become apparent with this event.

Innovation Leadership
Presenter: Pete Ronayne, University of Virginia

Participants gain a clear view of Innovation Leadership and identify individual commitments to become better innovation leaders. During this session we will increase self-awareness around personal and organizational barriers to innovation and change, understand creativity and innovation and how the terms relate to leadership and culture at work and explore different types of innovation and connect to examples and opportunities at work. We will also learn and practice an Innovation Toolset, receive feedback on their innovation preferences and how it impacts their individual and team work (via the Foursight Thinking Profile), and apply idea generation tools to individual/organizational challenges at work.

Values-Based Leadership
Presenter: John Lord, University of Virginia

Leadership has two key ingredients: What you do and who you are. The research on leadership identifies more than a dozen well-established models of leadership as well as over one hundred competencies attached to the leadership role! In the wake of this overwhelming information, what is the effective leader to do? There is one element that is shared across all models and competencies: core values. Leadership emanates from a core set of values, yet few leaders have taken the time to articulate “what they stand for” as a key element of their leadership effectiveness. In this session, we will explore the significance of one’s values and guide participants through a process to delineate their personal set of leadership principles.

High Performance Teams and Work Groups
Presenter: John Whitlow, University of Virginia

This segment focuses on walking participants through strategies for building teamwork and collaboration within their work unit as well as across their department. The content emphasizes practical team-building techniques to ensure that all employees are on the same page and working toward the same objectives. These techniques promote full participation and open communication and result in individuals having a higher level of commitment.