Leading Change Through Collaboration

Leading Change Through Collaboration

November 15 - 17, 2017
New Orleans, LA



Help your institution lead adaptive change in a more effective way.

Despite the best intentions or even external mandates for change, numerous forces are at work that perpetuate the status quo on college campuses. How can leaders not only initiate but sustain momentum to see new initiatives all the way through?

In this three-day intensive workshop, you will learn a more successful approach to leading change. Using real case studies from colleges and universities, we’ll explore how collaborative efforts helped institutions:

  • Redesign new degree programs
  • Set new strategic directions across a multi-campus environment
  • Reinvigorate an existing strategic plan
  • Find new ways to leverage committees


Why Do Most Change Efforts Fail?

There is a tendency in higher education to hire external “change agents” who fall short of expectations because they attempt to force change without a full understanding of the culture or history of the institution. Given the complexity of the challenges we face in higher education, we need more than these singular efforts. We need leaders who can create a shared vision and gain real buy-in from various stakeholders within your institution. This program will equip you with the skillset and mindset for how to actually do this.


Bring Back a Toolkit

You will leave with a resource packet full of valuable materials including our conference workbook, worksheets, and complimentary copy of Dr. Patrick Sanaghan’s book, Collaborative Leadership in Action. This resource packet will serve as an ongoing toolkit to aid in your collaborative change efforts.


Limited Attendance, Sign Up Early!

This program has been specially designed for middle- to senior-level leaders who are managing large-scale change efforts. Internal staff focused on organizational development will also benefit from attending this conference.

Due to the highly experiential and interactive nature of this program, attendance is limited to 30 people. You will engage in different simulations and discussions and receive personalized attention to ensure you leave with a tangible plan to move your change efforts forward.


Wednesday, November 15, 2017


Registration and Continental Breakfast (included in registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Introduction and Program Overview
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.



Framework: Thinking Styles Inventory
9:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Anytime you bring together groups of people, you will have multiple perspective and working styles. We’ll use the Hermann Brain Dominance Inventory as a lens for looking at engagement and creating the conditions for collaboration.

Conceptual Framework: 3 Questions

Why do some people readily engage in change efforts and others hold back? We’ll introduce you to the three questions people ask themselves as they decide whether or not to invest themselves in a group. These also serve as a lens for creating the conditions of participation and commitment.



10:45 - 11:00 a.m.



An Appreciative Inquiry Into Collaborative Leadership
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
We often approach change efforts from a deficit mentality, trying to fix what’s wrong or not working. In this session we’ll introduce appreciative Inquiry, a strength based approach to planning and innovating, as a more productive means of engaging stakeholders and moving change efforts forward.



Lunch (included in the registration fee)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.



Case Example/Study: School of Public Health
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
This case will demonstrate how the faculty in a school of public health was meaningfully engaged in the redesign of their Masters in Public Health degree.



2:15 - 2:30 p.m.



Case Study: Community College
2:30 - 3:15 p.m.
In our second case we’ll explore an example of a large and decentralized community college that had two campuses and was coming together under a single governing structure for the first time. Using the techniques presented in this program, they gathered more than 200 faculty and campus leaders to identify the big issues and compelling themes that would guide their new strategic plan.



Understanding the Flow Model
3:15 - 3:45 p.m.
Collaborative meetings can accelerate your strategic change initiatives. We’ll introduce the underlying structure of a good, collaborative/participatory meeting. We’ll use the work we’ve done together to illustrate the Flow Model and how its use helps keep people engaged and committed to the discussion.



Action Learning: Reflection and Debriefing
3:45 - 4:30 p.m.

This is an opportunity to “go to the balcony” and shift from active participant to reflective observer and do sensemaking of the material presented. This session will give you the chance to consider implications and discuss emerging questions.

Homework: Scan the design book and see what catches your attention/piques your interest. Be prepared to discuss this tomorrow.



Networking Reception (included in registration fee)
4:30 - 5:30 p.m.


Thursday, November 16, 2017


Continental Breakfast (included in the registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Designing Change: Expanding Your Toolkit
8:30 - 9:00 a.m.
We’ll explore additional methods by which you can engage stakeholders across silos and across the campus to move a change process forward.



Collaborating Across Boundaries
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
While silos serve a functional purpose, they also reinforce fragmented or partial views of the whole. We’ll walk through multiple ways to create a holistic view of the institution and use it to establish relevance and generate momentum towards the new initiative.



Designing Change: Practice Session
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
As a way of applying the concepts and tools you have learned thus far, small groups will be given a design challenge. This will highlight both the structure and flexibility in designing a collaborative meeting or process.



Lunch (included in registration fee)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.



Designing Change: Practice Session (continued)
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.



Case Example: Reinvigorating the Strategic Plan
2:00 - 2:30 p.m.
This case focuses on the use of a one-day faculty/staff retreat to refocus and re-energize a strategic plan.



2:30 - 2:45 p.m.



Mini Case Example: Input to Committees
2:45 - 3:15 p.m.
We often divide up a strategic effort by forming committees or task forces to take on different pieces of the whole. These groups do their work and then have the challenge of selling (or getting buy in) to their recommendations from others. In this mini case study, we’ll explore how we flipped this dynamic.



Design Your Next Meeting
3:15 - 4:15 p.m.
We’ll provide templates to help you scope out a real situation where convening and engaging campus stakeholders will be critical to moving a strategic effort forward.



Wrap-Up and Homework
4:15 - 4:30 p.m.


Friday, November 17, 2017


Continental Breakfast (included in the registration fee)
8:00 - 8:30 a.m.



Day 2 Reflection and Q&A
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.



Designing Change: Expanding Your Toolkit
9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
We’ll explore additional methods by which you can convene large groups to gather data, synthesize information, and make recommendations to move a change process forward.



10:15 - 10:30 a.m.



Designing Your Change Process and Receiving Feedback
10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dedicating time to translate the tools you have learned into a useable, meaningful back-home application is an essential part of the learning process. We’ll designate time in the session for individuals (or teams) to draft a collaborative design and get feedback from small consulting groups. This is an opportunity for individual integration and for learning from and supporting the efforts of others.



Lunch (included in the registration fee)
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.



Guided Journaling and Action Planning
1:00 - 2:15 p.m.
Alone and then with a thought partner, you will identify specific steps that you can take with you when you return to your campus.



2:15 - 2:30 p.m.



Distilling the Most Important Lessons
2:30 - 3:30 p.m.
We’ll reflect on the last three days and distill the most important lessons and takeaways about working with larger groups to tackle your institution’s most difficult challenges.



Program Wrap-Up and Final Q&A
3:30 - 4:00 p.m.


November 15 - 17, 2017

New Orleans, LA


Renaissance Pere Marquette
817 Common Street
New Orleans, LA 70112

Hotel Rate: $159 + tax

Block Night:  November 14, 15, and 16 2017.
Rate Available Until: October 20, 2017.

Please book early - rooms are limited and subject to availability.

Reserve Your Room: Use the link below or call 504-525-1111. Indicate that you are with the Academic Impressions group to receive the group rate.



Nancy Aronson

Clinical Assistant Professor
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine

Nancy has been bringing practical, collaborative methods to organizations and communities facing complex issues since 1980. Nancy has extensive experience in designing and facilitating large group, task-focused, strategic meetings. She has applied this expertise to cases related to strategic planning, organization redesign, critical cross-boundary meetings, and leadership development.

Nancy is clinical assistant professor in the Organization Development Leadership Program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine where she teaches courses on Appreciative Inquiry, Systems Literacy and Leader as Meeting Designer and Facilitator. She designed and facilitates a multi-day Leadership Institute for Friends Services for the Aging and the Penn Foundation.

Nancy received her PhD in Applied Learning Theory from Temple University.


Patrick Sanaghan

The Sanaghan Group

Dr. Sanaghan serves as the head of The Sanaghan Group, an organizational firm specializing in leadership development, executive coaching, strategic planning, and leadership transitions. Pat has worked with over 200 campuses and hundreds of organizations in the last twenty-five years. He has taught leadership to thousands of leaders in higher education, and helped over one hundred campuses conduct collaborative, transparent strategic planning processes. He is the co-author/author of six books, numerous articles, and several monographs in the fields of strategic planning, leadership, and change management. His most recent books include: Collaborative Leadership in Action and How to Actually Build an Exceptional Team. Dr. Sanaghan also serves as a board member of the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, MN.

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