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  1. 1. What are they thinking?! Understanding and Preparing Yourself for Mid-Level Decision-Making GLACUHO 2015
  2. 2. Sarah Meaney Assistant Director of Residence Life Miami University Shandee Ewert Assistant Director for Staff Development and Training Loyola University Chicago Marci Walton Assistant Director for Academic Support and Learning Communities Loyola University Chicago
  3. 3. Identify three major factors influencing decision-making at the leadership level Learning Outcomes
  4. 4. Articulate three strategies participants can employ within their current positions to begin preparing for mid-level decision-making Learning Outcomes
  5. 5. Apply leadership perspective to a current issue they are facing within their work Learning Outcomes
  6. 6. Why this topic?
  7. 7. What forces impact centralized decision-making?
  8. 8. Campus Politics
  9. 9. Campus Partners
  10. 10. Budget Concerns
  11. 11. Rapid Timelines
  12. 12. Extended Deadlines
  13. 13. How are decisions made at the mid-level?
  14. 14. Getting Buy-In
  15. 15. What happens when initiatives fail?
  16. 16. Authority Sandwich
  17. 17. Approaching Work from a Mid-Level Lens
  18. 18. Be solution-oriented
  19. 19. Own Your Ideas
  20. 20. See the Big Picture
  21. 21. Communicate Up & Down
  22. 22. Peers as Support vs. Gossip
  23. 23. Value Departmental Relationships
  24. 24. Feedback
  25. 25. Contribute To Success
  26. 26. Impact of Identity
  27. 27. 8 Things Your Boss Won’t Tell You (But Wishes You Knew)
  28. 28. Consider the previous example you discussed…
  29. 29. How might you reconceptualize it from a mid-level lens? What other factors might be at stake? What are the benefits of the decision that was made?
  30. 30. How can you contribute to the success of the process or people who are impacted by the decision? In needed, how could you raise continued concerns most effectively?
  31. 31. Questions Closing Evaluations