Friday, February 2, 2024

Hello Leader.

This edition is all about taking action to develop yourself and the leaders around you to grow and strengthen the great leadership skills that help keep us all working together and moving forward. And we start off with big news: the UI Executive Leadership Academy – Higher Ed is returning this fall! 

Nominations are now being accepted for the 2024-2025 Executive Leadership Academy (ELA)-Higher Education, a rigorous and immersive individualized seven-month program for accomplished mid- to senior-level staff and faculty. This award-winning program offers a comprehensive experience designed to enhance core leadership attributes essential for effective, adaptive, and creative leadership in today's ever-evolving higher education and research environments. If you would like to nominate yourself or another leader for ELA-HE, please send the name, email, and position title of the person you are nominating to, and a member of our team will contact you/them with information on how to apply.

Are you involved in sourcing or providing leadership development programs or services for your organization at Iowa? 

We are currently taking inventory of leadership offerings for employees and would like to hear from you. To participate in a five-minute survey, email with the subject line, SURVEY.


Emerging Staff & Faculty Leaders

This summer, elevate your leadership journey with UI LEAD (Leadership, Education, Assessment, and Development) – a comprehensive program for emerging staff and faculty leaders. Engage in 4 individual coaching sessions, collaborative cohort roundtables, and personalized behavioral assessments to sharpen your leadership skills. It is ideal for emerging leaders preparing for increased responsibilities. Nominations are currently being accepted. If interested, contact your HR Sr. Leader or for more information.

Leadership Team Coaching

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Transform your leadership team's performance with our Team Coaching service! Our experienced coaches specialize in aligning and harnessing the collective power of your team, addressing communication issues, conflicts, and silos through a personalized process that builds trust, nurtures collaboration, and drives alignment. Rapidly integrate new leaders, facilitate focused problem-solving, boost unity, and re-energize your leadership team with our interactive and tailored coaching. Invest in your team's success today! Email to request service or more information.

Fall 2024 PASS Series

Plan ahead! Tailored for new and aspiring supervisors with 0-4 years of experience, non-supervisors preparing for leadership roles, and seasoned supervisors seeking a refresh, our dynamic PASS (Practical Application of Supervisory Skills) program is for you.  Secure your spot for one of the 50 available seats in this fall's cohort. Applications open in July, and classes start in September. Seize this opportunity to enhance your supervisory skills, build a supportive network, and accelerate your professional growth.


Know a Great Student Advocate? 

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Nominations are now being accepted for the Lola Lopes Award for Undergraduate Student Advocacy. The award recognizes an administrator, staff member, or faculty member (in a non-teaching role) who supports undergraduate education and serves as a strong, effective advocate for undergraduate students. Nominations may be made by any current UI student, faculty, or staff member and are due by Feb. 19.

Coaches Corner

The beginning of spring semester often triggers strategic planning efforts for leaders as they look ahead to the next school year.  For change initiatives you have planned, here are some considerations for getting started:

  1. Is this one initiative or a combination of multiple mini-projects?

For an initiative with multiple tracks (e.g., org restructure, operational/process changes, new technology, change in physical space, and/or team culture change) consider creating a roadmap.  Key roadmap components include:

  • Case for change (What, Why, and Why Now messages)
  • How the initiative will be structured (independent tracks or mini-projects?)
  • Time-frame
  1. Who is the project sponsor?

This is the decision-maker, and their role as sponsor is to be active and visible throughout the project (providing oversight and creating a coalition of leadership to support the change). This isn’t a role to delegate.

  1. Who will lead the change?

It is important to identify someone who will serve as project manager (creating and managing the plan, coordinating the team, providing updates to the sponsor).

Mapping the initiative and identifying a project sponsor and project manager gives you a great start to shaping the project so it is ready to be shared with the organization.

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