Lectures

The following lectures were provided as part of the Leadership Now! Lecture Series.

Reflective Practice
Judy Brown, Director of Education, Outreach & Training, National Center of Smart Growth, January 14th, 2010

If the world of leadership is the world of action, why does being reflective matter? Why take time out? Why explore the inner world of thought and feeling, the quieter outer processes of dialogue and conversation?

This program will provide valuable resources for those who lead by title as well as those who simply make the world a better place by their example. Judy will present techniques for you to find breathing space in your busy life in order to be more powerful in service to what matters most to you.

Resilient Leadership During Turbulent Times
Dr. David Coleman, Ph.D., organizational psychologist and Director of Transition Management Services, June 14th, 2010

Feeling stressed, and concerned about taking on the stress of those around you?  What can you do to maintain and strengthen your resilience during turbulent times?  This program will give you the opportunity to think about increasing your own resilience, as well as supporting your colleagues and staff members through conscious renewal.

This highly-interactive session will focus on three things:  1) the impact of turbulent times on 2) leadership, and 3) resilience.  For each of these topics, we will explore a theory, tell an illustrative story, and do an experiential exercise.   Participants will be asked to identify one or two concrete steps they can take to increase their resilience as leaders.

Copyright and Digital Technologies – A Report from the Section 108 Group
Lolly Gasaway, Co-Chair, Section 108 Study Group, Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Digital technologies are radically transforming how copyrighted works are created and disseminated, and how libraries and archives preserve and make those works available. Yet it has been observed that Section 108 of the Copyright Act – which provides limited exceptions for libraries and archives – does not adequately address many of the issues unique to digital media, either from the perspective of rights owners or libraries and archives. The Section 108 Study Group is a select committee of copyright experts charged with updating for the digital world the Copyright Act’s balance between the rights of creators and copyright owners and the needs of libraries and archives.

Libraries as Happiness Engines in a Connected Age
Liz Lawley, Director of the Lab for Social Computing at Rochester Institute for Technology, September 26, 2008
Is your library in the happiness business? Liz Lawley, director of the Lab for Social Computing at Rochester Institute of Technology, says that libraries are more than just a place—they act as the emotional centers of their communities and places where people can feel happy. For many people, virtuality is beating reality. People think they’re not good at life, so they escape to gaming and virtual worlds. But, real world colleagues can be online playmates and the online world is becoming connected to the real world. “Virtual is not making the tangible go away,” she says, and this is important for libraries. How does your library make people feel happy, playful, and real? Make tangible connections. Make your library a space that connects the virtual and the real.

Leadership and Moral Courage
Irshad Manji, Director, Moral Courage Project, May 19, 2009
When should you stand up to political correctness? How do you deal with the inevitable backlash? Why does it matter to speak about truth in an era of diversity? And what does it mean to exercise moral courage, which Bobby Kennedy called the essential quality needed to change a world that yields most painfully to change?

Positive Ways to Thrive During Waves of Change
Jon Gordon, founder Jon Gordon Companies, June 12, 2009
How do you create a positive vision for the future during times of uncertainty and change? How can you overcome adversity, life’s challenges, and stress? Whether you are a leader looking to build a positive culture, a manager trying to energize and engage your team, or someone who desires to enhance your productivity and performance, everyone faces challenges and every person, organization, company and team will have to overcome negativity and adversity to define themselves and create their success. International best selling author, Jon Gordon to learn strategies to help you not only handle these issues, but to thrive during waves of change.