Check out our 2018-2019 Schedule of Workshops for Duluth!
The Boreas Leadership Program is a great opportunity for graduate and professional students to access leadership development training and network building. The program is run through the Institute on the Environment. We will be offering the following leadership workshops for faculty, staff and graduate/professional students on the Duluth campus over the fall and spring breaks:
9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Thursday, October 25
Kirby Garden Room
Cultivating emotional intelligence is critically important to the quality and success of our relationships in work and in life. According to the Center for Creative Leadership, 75% of careers are derailed due to lack of emotional competence leading to issues such as: unsatisfactory team leadership, inability to adapt to change or being able to elicit trust. Unlike IQ, emotional intelligence is less static and can therefore be cultivated and areas of growth can be targeted. Learn how to enhance your performance, better interact with others and maximize your leadership potential.
When you sign-up for this workshop, you will receive a link to the EQi which is an instrument that measures emotional intelligence. Because completing the EQi Assessment is a requirement for the workshop, registration will close on October 17.
Telling Your Story
1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, October 25
Kirby Garden Room
Storytelling is an important leadership skill if you’re interested in science, policy and having an impact. This workshop will help you understand others’ stories and get better at telling your own. You’ll be able to answer the questions: Why do you do what you do? Why does your work matter? You’ll even gain a few ideas about how you can practice telling your story and so grow your leadership.
This workshop is taught by Julie Hanus, senior strategist for the Institute on the Environment. She brings more than 17 years of experience as a mission-driven communicator, editor, and writer to IonE, most recently serving as the senior editor for the nonprofit American Craft Council and its flagship publication American Craft. She is also a former editor of Utne Reader, a national digest of the independent press with a focus on politics, arts, and the environment, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Systems Thinking & Tools
9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday, October 26
Kirby Garden Room
The complexity of the social, biological and physical worlds often defies human intuition. Few people are prepared to work through the complexity within a discipline, much less through problems that transcend disciplines.
Systems thinking is a set of approaches and modeling tools used to describe and simulate the interactions among components of complex systems. With these tools, systems thinking provides insights into the functioning of systems and solutions to today’s difficult problems. This one-day workshop introduces the vocabulary and skills needed to think about, unravel and build models of real-world problems.
Deep Work: Maximizing Your Impact in a Distracted World
9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27
In our digital age, most of us struggle with carving out time to do the work that matters most. Shallow pursuits such as social media, the constant pinging of text notifications, and emails can lead us astray from doing the deep work required to enrich our relationships, communities, and even the world. In this session, you will map out a plan for creating a more meaningful and rewarding life based on the book Deep Work by Cal Newport and by utilizing examples from prolific thought leaders and scientists.
1 p.m.-4 p.m. on Thursday, March 28
We don’t always agree, especially on really important matters. But we still need to make decisions and figure out how to move forward collectively. Strong negotiation skills will help you facilitate decision-making and make you a better leader. This workshop introduces participants to basic principles of negotiation and provides the opportunity for practice.
Dreaming Into Being: Using Dreams as a Catalyst for Co-Creating the Future
9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 29
Some of the world’s greatest scientific breakthroughs were sparked in the realm of dreams, including many Nobel Prize winning discoveries. In a culture obsessed with productivity, we’ve forgotten how to tap into the power of dreams to better understand ourselves, unleash our creative potential and unravel the mysteries of life and science. Learn how to tap into the power of dreaming to co-create the future with internationally respected dream expert, Sheila Asato. Sheila has served as a board member for the International Association for the Study of Dreams (IASD) and is the recipient of the 2006 IASD award for her original research on dreaming, creativity and healing.