Catalytic Leadership

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This presentation was delivered to the Residence Life staff at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth on January 21, 2010 and goes over what it takes to have Catalytic Contact with their students and be an excellent RA.

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  • What does it mean to be a college Student Leader?
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  • RAs will understand the power of a positive attitude/outlook in their daily interactions with students, fellow staff and others RAs will understand how to build trust with their residents and fellow staff RAs will realize the damage that rumors can cause to building a healthy community RAs will understand the importance of upholding University policies and role modeling RAs will value their community-building/resource role more greatly than their policy-enforcer role RAs will leave the session having interacted on these topics and with tools they can take with them to live these values in their RA roles What type of student are you? Morning or Night person Text messages or Email Facebook or Twitter Procrastinator or Planner
  • House Exercise Foundation: What are your values? Door: How do people see you? Window: How do you want to be seen? Attic: Something you hide/keep to yourself? Chimney: Relieve Stress? Clouds: Dreams?
  • Catalytic Leadership

    1. 1. Catalytic Leadership A New Leadership Perspective Presented by: Ed Cabellon, LTE Consulting January 21, 2010 UMASS Dartmouth
    2. 2. Ed Dad Boss Coach RA
    3. 3. <ul><li>Learning Outcomes: </li></ul><ul><li>Will learn why they are doing this whole “RA Thing” </li></ul><ul><li>Will learn the power of being an RA </li></ul><ul><li>Will learn how attitude can change your life </li></ul><ul><li>Will learn how to build and earn trust </li></ul><ul><li>Will learn Catalytic Leadership </li></ul>
    4. 4. How will you leave your mark on this earth?
    5. 6. Truth #1: Not everyone is going to like you… Get Over It. Truth #2: You won’t always get what you want… DEAL. Truth #3: No one can transform your life like you can… Don’t wait for someone else to do it for you! Truth #4: You’re going to FAIL, a lot. Stop trying to be PERFECT. Truth #5: You are not in complete control… stop acting like you are! Truth #6: Someone else will always have more than you. Truth #7: There may be no tomorrow… so make the most of today.
    6. 8. Why Did You Become an RA?
    7. 9. What characteristics make a model RA?
    8. 10. AGREE DISAGREE
    9. 11. What are the keys to success in Residence Life?
    10. 12. Do you ever have days where you feel like this?
    11. 13. Do you ever have days where you feel like this?
    12. 15. What do you believe in? What do you stand for?
    13. 16. Foundation: What is your defining value? Door: How do people see you? Window: How do you want to be seen? Attic: Something you hide/keep to yourself? Chimney: Relieve Stress? Sky/Clouds: Dreams?
    14. 17. Take the Next Step!
    15. 18. Some Bad News…. <ul><li>Our thoughts are not our own, we have been programmed… </li></ul><ul><li>Our Creativity levels are down thanks to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Endless options for Media, Internet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Our On the Go schedule finds us booked from the minute we get up to the minute we go to bed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Besides the shower/bathroom when was the last time you spend an hour, half hour, 15, 10, 5 minutes… in silence? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let’s test this theory out…. </li></ul>
    16. 19. Complete the following statements: <ul><li>Maybe she’s born with it, maybe it’s…. </li></ul>MAYBELLINE <ul><li>Give me a break, give me break, break me off a piece of that… </li></ul>KIT KAT BAR <ul><li>Be all that you can …. In the …. </li></ul>ARMY
    17. 20. Sing along to the following: <ul><li>Fresh Prince of Bel Air </li></ul>
    18. 21. The Good News…. <ul><li>Leadership opportunities, force us to think differently and creatively to solve problems and move our groups towards a common goal. </li></ul><ul><li>Choosing to lead is only the first step. Learning to lead takes the rest of your life. </li></ul><ul><li>You will learn more outside of the classroom than in them. What is the greatest lesson you have learned thus far? </li></ul>
    19. 22. Catalytic Leadership Model Points <ul><li>PROVE </li></ul>2 + 2 = 30 TEACH HOSPITALITY
    20. 23. Prove <ul><li>How do you know what you say is TRUE? </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluations and surveys are NOT ENOUGH! What do you do here at UMASS Dartmouth to back up your claims? </li></ul><ul><li>I’m curious: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ On average, I get 7-8 hours of sleep each night” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I eat three meals per day” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I consider myself organized.” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I know why I am involved” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ I know why Res Life exist at college” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This is an area leaders spend not enough time in. Talk to people directly to find the answers you seek. </li></ul>
    21. 24. Hospitality <ul><li>Catalytic contact is at the heart of this model. What is a catalyst? </li></ul><ul><li>How would you define “hospitality?” - Dictionary.com defines it as “Cordial and generous reception of or disposition toward guests.” </li></ul><ul><li>If your residents don’t feel like they matter, they will go somewhere else to find that connection. </li></ul>
    22. 25. 2 + 2 = 30 <ul><li>Can the above equation be true? Why or Why Not? </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking of leadership differently. </li></ul><ul><li>Get in groups of 3-4 and answer these questions: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Just because you are an RA, do you consider yourself a leader? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Who are models of leaders that you look up to and why? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What do you hope to learn from being a leader? </li></ul></ul>2 +2 30 Dimes Nickels Cents
    23. 26. Teach <ul><li>Part of why we lead is because we know what we are doing. Part of actually leading is teaching what we know to others instead of doing it all ourselves. </li></ul><ul><li>Communication Exercise </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Paper Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How much time do you spend doing versus teaching others. If it isn’t at least 50/50, you’ve missed opportunities to grow your organization (and you!) </li></ul><ul><li>You will not be there forever! Give others the opportunities you have had! </li></ul>
    24. 27. Bringing it all Together <ul><li>Four Volunteers to Represent All Four Points!?! </li></ul><ul><li>CHAIR CHALLENGE </li></ul><ul><li>You need all four parts to succeed. But what happens when things get rough, will you do things yourself or will you reach out for your members? </li></ul><ul><li>What can still keep your group together is each other… and holding on…. Supporting and encouraging one another….. And being a Catalytic Leader </li></ul>
    25. 28. Turn your RA experience into an adventure!
    26. 29. Catalytic Leadership A New Leadership Perspective Presented by: Ed Cabellon, LTE Consulting January 21, 2010 UMASS Dartmouth

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