Locating the Tools of Mass Construction

11/12/2015 15:04
Bob Sprague, Suzanne Zivnuska, Colleen Robb, and Rick Hubbard, who led a recent CELT workshop on the topic of developing leadership in the classroom, presented again on the topic last Monday to colleagues interested in continuing the discussion. Several faculty stopped by the informal session to discuss tools, techniques, and reasons why the topic matters today, perhaps more than ever.

Data presented at Monday’s meeting show that public trust has eroded in a multitude of professions; we all live and work in a decidedly post-trust era. Aspects of trusting relationships with which most of us identify are reliability, openness, competence, caring, compassion and stability. As Jim Collins would say, this list also defines key attributes of “Level 5 Leadership.”

Not only are these attributes part of building an organization’s leadership capacity, they also lay at the core of successful civil environments and help us build communities, including learning communities. Social skill-building is also important. In fact, social skills are lacking even in professional environments, according to articles like this one recently published in the New York Times.

At our meeting we worked with several tools of constructive engagement including the team-self accountability and management tool, CATME. In the “Experience & Experiments” tab to your left, you will find further information on CATME and other tools.

This is what I like most about being a part of the faculty here: it’s our job to entertain ideas. We share knowledge, providing the opportunity for a more interesting life (and world) for our students and each other.

Each faculty member possesses a world of experience along with a desire to produce a student body able to lead themselves and others to a more civil, intelligent discourse in whatever life pursuits they choose. We each have our unique ways of reaching students and thinking through the challenges within the classroom and beyond. Together we hone the craft.

Great Courses Can Help Us Too

For my own development, I enjoy listening to The Great Courses, a product of what was once known as The Teaching Company. I am on the hunt around the house for favorites to add to a little library in my office. I’ve been listening to these courses for decades and been able to apply new knowledge in unexpected ways. For example, I am currently “taking” a course in linguistics from a University of Michigan professor. This course has helped me understand more about communicating in challenging situations, and how to work with students who are shy about articulating their ideas.

Watch this space – once I have more details on the content of my little lending library, I'll provide a list of subjects here in the blog. I’d be happy to lend these courses, which are in audio CD format, to anyone who’s interested.

New Lecturer Kristin Minetti – Nope, Nothing Fishy Happening Here

Nothing, that is, except what Kristin's holding. I don’t know what kind of fish that is; we’ll have to ask! Read on for a few highlights of her bio:

·        A passion she shares with her husband, Derek, is acquiring, flipping and managing real estate. They own five properties and manage a dozen.

·        Kristin was a CSU, Chico undergrad and was very involved with student organizations. She loves being back as a lecturer.

·        Before obtaining her MBA from Washington State University, she worked at Englebrecht Advertising in Account Coordinating and Media Buying before she was recruited by Target Corporation where she spent six years doing both in-store and District management.

·        She once won a prize on “The Price is Right.”


Be sure to check out her full bio here – it’s fun reading. Welcome, Kristin!