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As we start our Monday after such an emotionally charged weekend, I wanted to acknowledge the range of emotions that spans our community from this last week’s events – sadness, confusion, hurt, and anger. I want to ensure we are taking care of each other during this time and thought it was timely to remind you of an important resource for your wellbeing. The Ohio State University has a robust Employee Assistance Program (EAP) that is here to support all employees with a host of resources. The EAP is available 24 hours a day, call 1-800-678-6265 to talk to a live person, or click here and type in username "buckeyes" to view expanded services. 

The unjust death of George Floyd is yet another example of where we must do better. I recognize that there is a broad continuum of reactions and many of those will be represented across the breadth of our college community. President Drake sent a message this weekend calling on renewed efforts to address racial injustice. He states, “we must seriously and concretely redouble our efforts to end abuse, discrimination, bigotry, and hatred.”

I look forward to Dr. Patrice Dickerson’s leadership as our Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in helping us move forward as a community, together, to elevate our current standards and practices to be more equitable and inclusive. I am grateful we were able to finalize our search and garner her commitment to serve in this role. Associate Dean Kitchel has been very clear that our Assistant Dean and the DEI team cannot do this work alone. It will require our collective efforts. However, I am encouraged that we were both able to recruit Dr. Dickerson to our community and even more encouraged that we took the time to have meaningful conversations and affirm that diversity is a top value of our college.

Dr. James Moore, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion in a message sent late last week stated:

“I believe in the power of education. We have an immense opportunity to transform the lives of our students and colleagues as we put our stamp on the next generation of leaders. The next generation will take on these issues that have bedeviled us and build on the work that previous generations have done.”

While recent events are discouraging, I share Dr. Moore’s conviction that each of us can add to the needed change and must continue to find the resolve to do so. Our college has not only affirmed our value for diversity, we are unified in our mission to sustain life. Accepting that mission, we must also recognize there is much more to it than growing food or ensuring the safety of our food or water—we are continually challenged to consider the community we wish to build together.

Dr. Cathann Kress, Vice President for Agricultural Administration & Dean, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 26th, 2020

"The most compelling persuasive communications come from individuals whose personae, life experiences and verbal messages coalesce.

The leader who personified her vision can transform her life into an ongoing narrative. That can be a tangible service, inspiring countless others.

You are the Message. To most effectively serve your audience, you must fuse ever greater parts of yourself into your message. Your values, your hopes for the future, your life history, your habits of living and working, the very clothes you wear...these can all become elements of your communication arsenal (p. 277)."

From: Strock, J. (2019).  Serve to lead 2.0: 21 st century leaders manual.  Serve to Lead Group

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 19th, 2020

"Self-awareness means knowing what you're good at and what you're not. It means you don't hide your flaws or cover up your mistakes. You don't pretend to know it all. It means you practice humility and embrace learning. Not only do transparency and vulnerability help people like and trust you, they set the right example for other leaders and employees. When everyone is willing to take risks, learn from mistakes, and seek out opportunities to learn and grow, organizations thrive.

Coachability just means you're open to feedback. You don't get bent out of shape by constructive criticism. You're actually grateful for it because you want to improve and grow, personally and professionally. You want to be a better leader, spouse, partner, parent, or friend (and you know that growth impacts all of these roles).

Self-awareness and coachability are connected. Each one leads naturally to the other. When we know what we need to improve on, we're more likely to seek the help of others who can coach us. Once we seek that help we become even more self-aware. It's a cycle that builds on itself. The hardest part is getting started, but it gets easier.

When these two qualities become part of your company's culture, you're on your way to becoming an unstoppable organization. It's easier to engage and motivate employees. High performers will be drawn to you (and will be more likely to stick around). Productivity will soar.

All of this can start with one leader. By improving your own performance and setting an example for others by working to become more self-aware and coachable, you will inspire others to do the same. In fact, if you want to help others improve, this is not optional (p. 45-46)."

From: Studer,Q. (2020). The busy leader's handbook: how to lead people and places that thrive. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley and Sons.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 12th, 2020
  1. "Thinking Differently, Thinking Big
  2. The Vulnerability Decision
  3. Having a Mindset of Entitlement versus a Mindset of Duty
  4. Leveraging Your Gifts and Addressing Your Gaps
  5. Having the Courage to Execute with Pride, Passion, and Precision
  6. Staying Present and Being Vigilant
  7. Course Correction (p. 86)."

From:  Mattone, J (2020). The intelligent leader: unlocking the 7 secrets to leading others and leaving your legacy. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, May 05th, 2020
  1. "Everybody can lead, because anyone can serve.
  2. The most valuable resource of any enterprise is its people.
  3. We are in transition from a transaction-based world to a relationship-based world.
  4. Leadership is a relationship between empowered, consenting adults.
  5. Leadership is a dynamic relationship.
  6. There is no universal leadership style.
  7. Leadership roles are converging.
  8. A leader's unique task is to imagine and advance a vision.
  9. Love is the highest level of leadership relationship.
  10. Character is a competitive advantage (p.67-68)."

From:  Strock, J. (2019).  Serve to lead 2.0: 21st century leaders manual.  Serve to Lead Group​​​​​​​

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