7/5/18 Curriculum Session: Common Purpose

Submitted by JHilsher on Mon, 07/09/2018 - 10:31
By Bryan Payne: Before coming in to this week’s curriculum session, we were given a question to think about and share with the group at the start of class: if you could be the best in the world at something, what would it be? This personal reflection was an enjoyable and informative experience because, apart from sharing dreams with the class, it also led to us thinking about our hobbies vs professions, general passions, helping each other, and making sure to take advantage of opportunities that can help realize goals/dreams. After this exercise, this month’s guest speaker, Professor Doug Gaerte of Houghton College, led us on a workshop focusing on leadership and its role in groups. Through different activities, we worked to develop our personal/professional and organizational ‘Whys,’ thought about how to implement these ‘Whys’ and visions, and how to effectively work in groups by learning about transformational leadership (leadership that elevates, motivates, inspires, and develops the team). To close the session and summarize what we covered, Dr. Gaerte shared a great quote about leadership by John Kotter of Harvard Business School, “leaders establish the vision for the future and set the strategy for getting there.” All in all, this was a fantastic curriculum session.