Program Overview

  • Session I

January 12-13, 2018 (Friday - Saturday)

The first session is an orientation for participants and spouses or other supporters.

Session Objectives

    • Provide participants an opportunity to meet each other and begin the process of learning about their interests in leadership for communities and economic sectors such as agriculture and food systems, natural resources and the environment, and business and manufacturing.
    • Provide an overview of the program for spouses and other supporters and create an awareness of the expectations for participants in the program.
    • Create awareness of leadership approaches and discuss "leadership for the common good."
    • Become familiar with the GLLA "check-in" and "check-out" processes.
    • Discuss significance of lighthouse to leadership and take group photo at lighthouse.
  • Session II

Febuary 5-7, 2018 (Monday - Wednesday)

Session II will involve participants only and will focus on learning more about self and our interactions with others.

Session Objectives

    • Deepen awareness of our individual strengths and how we relate to others.
    • Participants tell their personal stories providing a powerful context for understanding one another by breaking down barriers and assumptions and creating a foundation for trust.
    • Understand and appreciate each other’s differences and the value of our diverse perspectives and opinions.
    • Identify shared expectations of each other and agree on rules of engagement.
    • Create awareness with the process, interactive, and contextual components in a group setting.
    • Build an understanding of our identities and memberships in target and non-target groups.
    • Explore Issues of power, oppression, privilege and change at the personal, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
    • Create a common language related to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
    • Learn the core principles behind healthy human psychological functioning.
    • Explore the link between emotional health and effective leadership for the common good.
  • Session III

March 4 - 15, 2018 (Sunday - Thursday)

Session Objectives

    • Encourage group problem-solving and collaboration.
    • Create alignment between and among the program attendees—strengthen collaborative leadership skills.
    • Develop relationships, rapport, and trust between the participants through deepening our ability to be vulnerable to one another and to be trusted.
    • Increase joint accountability for "the common good."
    • Create mutual reliance and team connectedness within the group to increase sharing of best practices, engagement in constructive conversations, and making change happen in our communities.
    • Provide breakthrough awareness and practice of partnership skills across difference.
    • Learn the benefits of journaling and solo reflection time for leaders.
    • Provide participants core skills to increase their emotional resilience and psychological flexibility.
    • Provide participants with skills to increase self-awareness, notice their own emotional engagement, reduce reactivity, and increase ability to act in accordance with their identified core leadership values.
    • Provide opportunity for participants to create a plan for personal/professional growth which will explore values, identify goals to help stay in alignment with values and create an action plan to meet identified goals.
  • Session IV

April 3 - 5, 2018, (Tuesday - Thursday)

Session Objectives

    • Introduce and practice the strategies of Appreciative Inquiry.
    • Create a vision of one’s irresistible leadership based on one’s core strengths.
    • Appreciate our collective strengths and how they can be leveraged for the common good.
    • Increase skill in navigating difficult interpersonal and group situations (navigating conflict, difficult conversations, accountability and giving and receiving feedback).
    • Encourage group problem-solving and collaboration.
    • Sharpen listening, dialogue, and conflict management abilities.
    • Learn to understand yourself in the midst of conflict and complexity and to flex your DiSC style to enhance communication and effectiveness as a leader.
    • Learn about the practice of deep listening with intent to understand.
    • Prepare regional issues teams to convene and interview program alumni in their assigned region.
  • Session V

June 6-8, 2018 (Wednesday - Friday)

Spouses or other GLLA supporters will be invited one where they will be shown appreciation for their support of the GLLA participants.

Session Objectives

    • Identify and learn about key issues impacting Michigan’s communities and economic sectors such as agriculture and food systems, natural resources and the environment, and business and manufacturing.
    • Gain a greater understanding of how geography and the environment have impacted the economy and quality of life in Michigan and the Great Lakes region.
    • Provide a demographic overview of the trends that are vital to Michigan’s immediate and long-term future.
    • Consider the opinions of current leaders on the most critical issues facing Michigan’s communities.
    • Build awareness and understanding of the role of scientific research, history, and culture in these complex issues.
    • Develop skills for having successful conversations around complex issues.
    • Gain awareness of models and strategies for engaging community members in meaningful dialogue.
    • Learn how effective and efficient team decisions are made and tools for managing meetings.
    • Prepare regional teams to convene and interview regional leaders in their assigned regions.
    • Develop skills for communicating program impacts to employers and other GLLA supporters.
  • Session VI

September 5-7, 2018, (Wednesday - Friday)

Session Objectives

    • Understand the concepts and practice of appreciative leadership.
    • Increase proficiency in specific leadership meeting management techniques and tools.
    • Regional teams begin planning for engaging the rest of the cohort in their region including sharing information/experience around the major economic drivers in the region and how people in the region live, work, and play.
    • Prepare regional teams to inform cohort about the agriculture, natural resource, and business features of the region.
    • Introduce participants to the key components of a respectful and useful relationship with community members including setting up the conversations.
    • Practice leadership across difference skills.
    • Understand the importance of emotional health to effective leadership.
    • Begin to prepare participants for September travel experience through introduction to the area and issues to be studied.
    • February and March 2017: Regional teams continue their work within their regions.
  • Session VII: Regional Team Presentation

December 12-14, 2018 (Wednesday - Friday)

  • Session VIII: Regional Team Presentation

Janaury 8-10, 2019 (Tusday - Thursday)

  • Session IX: Regional Team Presentation

February 6-8, 2019 (Wednesday - Friday)

  • Session X

Thursday, March 7 - Saturday, March 16, 2019,  Capstone Travel Experience

Session Objectives

    • Explore and learn about community, food systems and agriculture, natural resources and environmental, business and manufacturing and quality of life issues from a multi-cultural -perspective.
    • Create opportunities for developing a broader view of various economic, political, cultural and social systems.
    • Examine leadership in the context of differing political, cultural and social systems.
    • Witness resource management, entrepreneurialism, and leadership in the context of a regional/international economy.
    • Provide particpants an opportunity to practice and validate skills in cultural intelligence and navigating across difference. 
  • Session XI

April 8 - 10, 2019 (Monday - Wednesday)

Session XI provides an opportunity for peers to give each other feedback on how they operated as part of the regional teams. Participants will learn the value of feedback and how to give and receive it within the framework of appreciative inquiry and positive confrontation. Members will consider the impact of the GLLA experience on themselves as individuals, on the cohort, and on their respective communities; creating a personal post-GLLA commitment to the common good.

Session Objectives

    • Debrief the Travel Experience.
    • Provide for peer and coach feedback from regional team members.
    • Create opportunities for additional personal understanding and growth.
    • Assess self in relationship to GLLA desired outcomes.
    • Provide feedback to GLLA staff on desired outcomes.
    • Learn to find voice through positive confrontation.
    • Improve leadership across differences skills.
    • Identify significant influences on your personal leadership development.
    • Identify opportunities for intentional civic leadership after GLLA.
  • Session XII

June 16-17, 2019 (Sunday - Monday)

The final activity of the Leadership Advancement Program will be a wrap-up and graduation event designed to celebrate completion of the program and to remind participants of the opportunities to use the experience to provide leadership to serve the common good. Spouses and other supporters will join the group for this session. Separate activities for spouses and other supporters will be provided for part of the session.

Session Objectives

    • Reflect on the entire Leadership Advancement Program as a cohort and personally.
    • Provide an opportunity to celebrate personal and cohort growth during the two-year program.
    • Reflect on leadership for the common good and how the alumni network can provide opportunities to leverage the experience of the previous 18 months.
    • Demonstrate specific appreciation for each cohort member.
    • Provide time for cohort to network with each other, spouses and other supporters, and GLLA alumni.
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