Leading and Motivating Teams in Higher Education

Leading and Motivating Teams
in Higher Education

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Collaboration is key to your team's effectiveness; make the investment to ensure success.

Building a successful team is difficult work, but can have an extraordinary impact on your campus. Gain the insights and tools you need to motivate and lead your team to greater collaboration and results. Throughout this program you will learn to:

  • Negotiate different perspectives
  • Improve communication
  • Make sound decisions
  • Tap the expertise of all team members
  • Improve your meetings
  • Enhance overall trust

As the challenges in higher education become more complex, it is critical that your team functions at a high level. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn the practical team-building skills that are rarely taught in higher education.


Tools and Assessments for You to Keep

During this program, you will complete assessments and receive a number of resources that you can use when returning to campus. We will give you tools that measure:

  • Your own leadership and thinking styles
  • Your team’s leadership and thinking styles
  • Your team meetings’ effectiveness


Designed for Both Leaders and Teams

Designed for managers and team leaders, this program will help you maximize team productivity.

Though not required, you can maximize your learning experience by bringing along a few key members of your team. Doing so enables you to operate from a shared understanding of team performance, establish a common vocabulary, and generate buy-in to make needed adjustments. 


Follow Through With Success Coaching

Have you ever gone to a training only to find that you came back with great ideas but don’t have the time, support, or skills needed to make the changes?

Academic Impressions has produced thousands of trainings and we have learned that utilizing a coach after attending a conference helps provide accountability and bridges the training with the on-the-ground work of getting the job done.

As a result, we are now offering success coaching on select conferences.

  • Purchase this training + 3 one hour follow up success coaching calls
  • Work with an assigned coach who has extensive experience in higher ed.
  • Get individualized support to help you follow through on what you’ve learned.
  • Workshop your plans, run your ideas by someone and get additional help/practice.

To learn more, contact Patricia Sandler at patricia@academicimpressions.com or purchase the Premium Pass with success coaching below.


Bring your team and save!

Save over 15% on registration when you register three or more colleagues.

  • 1-2 registrations: full price
  • 3-4 registrations: 15% off each conference registration
  • 5-7 registrations: 20% off each conference registration
  • 8 + registrations: 25% off each conference registration

This highly personal and interactive workshop is limited to the first 40 registrants.
Not sure whether your team would be a good fit for this program? Call Amit Mrig at 720-988-1210 or email him at amit@academicimpressions.com for more information.

“Loved the conference. This was the most technique packed, relevant, practical info I've ever received at a conference. I can't wait for Monday—I can take what I learned today and implement it tomorrow.”

- Michele Bart, Senior Director of Development, University of California San Diego

“Pat's knowledge and insight is unmatched on this topic. Highly recommend this course to gain tools to become a high-functioning leader on my campus.”

- Whitney Smith, Director, Ceremonies and Special Events, Office of the Chancellor, University of California, Davis

“I attended this session with my team and found it empowering, educational, engaging, and a way to make immediate impact. I am leaving with tangible ways to make change and enhance our team's best strengths.”

- Katherine Ritchie, Assistant Director of Reunion Giving, College of Wooster

“I liked the small size of the seminar because it encouraged everyone to participate and contribute to the learning experience. The topics covered were relevant, and I enjoyed learning via all the assessments and tools provided. I will definitely utilize these tools with developing leaders and their teams back at San Jacinto.”

- Jennifer Clark, Manager of Leadership Development, San Jacinto College

“I have participated in many professional development opportunities in my career—this session far exceeds anything I've attended before. I am walking away with a wealth of information that is practical and powerful. Pat is an amazing leader!”

- Lindsay Johnson, Associate Dean for Admissions and Student Affairs, Texas Tech University HSC


Day One

8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Your registration for the event includes access to the conference sessions below and materials, breakfast, lunch, and the networking reception on Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday, as well as refreshments and snacks throughout the conference.

Welcome and Introductions



10 Differentiators of Exceptional Teams

What do the most successful teams in higher education, government, military, and the corporate sector have in common? Independent of their purpose or affiliation, research shows that high-performing teams share 10 specific commonalities that enable their success. In this session, you’ll learn about each of these characteristics and have a chance to measure your team against these benchmarks.



Thinking Styles Inventory

Most teams have members with diverse backgrounds, experiences, and thinking styles. That diversity, if not well understood, can pull a team apart. But if properly leveraged, it can lead to higher levels of performance. Using a validated assessment that identifies four primary thinking styles, you will uncover your dominant style of thinking and problem solving and discuss how this can and should influence the way you work with others on your team and improve overall effectiveness.



The Exceptional Team Survey

Using an assessment tool developed by program facilitator Patrick Sanaghan, teams will diagnose their effectiveness on critical areas of team performance including leadership, results orientation, group climate, communication, and ability to assess. Team members will then identify areas for improvement and commit to taking specific steps to improve.



Creating Ground Rules

High-performing teams create and operate by a few critical ground rules or working agreements. In order to truly embody these principles, it’s critical that they reflect the input of all team members and are created using a transparent process. In this session, team members will use such a process to suggest ground rules that reflect the unique character and dynamics of their team, and can help ensure higher levels of effectiveness.



Highly Effective Meetings

Teams spend the majority of their time together in meetings. If the meetings aren’t well managed or executed, the team will not be as effective. In this session, team members will use an assessment tool, developed by program facilitator Patrick Sanaghan, to diagnose the effectiveness of their meetings and identify specific tactics to improve use of time spent together.



Tools and Techniques to Improve Team Effectiveness

Drawing on both the facilitator’s vast experience and current research, this session offers a series of highly practical tools that can help teams manage critical duties, such as decision-making, delegating tasks, and onboarding new team members.



Q&A, Day 1 Wrap-Up, and Networking Reception

This informal reception is your chance to decompress, have a drink on us, and expand your network of connections. Our programs are intentionally designed for smaller groups, which means you will have the opportunity to meet your peers and our speakers face-to-face.


Day Two

8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Day 1 Review and Q&A



Five Paths to Leadership℠

In addition to understanding others’ thinking styles, it’s important to understand how team members’ behaviors impact those around them. This session utilizes an assessment instrument that identifies a team member’s operating style and its impact on effectiveness in a group dynamic. Suggestions will be offered for mitigating the effects of overused strengths as well as for overcoming challenges created by shortfalls in other areas.



Talent Audits

Teams are most effective when they can properly leverage each other’s strengths and support each other in areas of needed development. In this interactive session, team members will have an opportunity to share with one another and ensure that their team is fully aware and able to leverage the team’s human capital.



Effective Supervision/The Supervisory Dialogue

Effective supervision is critical to ensuring that the ideas that surface during this program are actually implemented and seen through. In this session, participants will learn the seven questions to ask to enable more open and honest dialogue on critical items.



Building Resilience as a Team

Why do the same incidents paralyze some people, but act as a springboard for others to change, grow, and learn? Setbacks, mistakes, and failures are inevitable—the key is resilience. Leaders must be able to navigate these situations and not just bounce back, but spring forward. In this session, participants will define leadership resiliency, discover personal strategies that build leadership resilience, and learn how to assess their organization’s resilience.



Group Dynamics Simulation

In this simulation, participants will learn more about the factors that enable successful group cohesion and the factors that can derail groups, including how group dynamics can influence individual behavior.



Action Planning and Program Wrap-Up

High performing teams make commitments to each other that are worthy of themselves and others. In this session, team members will work with a thought partner to distill the program’s takeaways and identify specific steps they are committed to take in the month following the program to enhance their team’s effectiveness.




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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