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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, July 28th, 2020

"One form of discomfort or pain arises when our lives are out of alignment with our goals, such as when what we do doesn't fit our values, or when we have changed but our lives have not. When we discover we are out of alignment, we can notice how we can describe the events of our lives and the stories we weave to make sense of the world.

Becoming aligned with our deepest values, our deepest sense of ourselves, often begins when we notice we are out of alignment. If you notice a sense of disconnection and discomfort in your work, your job, or your career, pay attention to it! Being out of alignment can happen in small ways - noticing that a particular activity or decision is troubling, unsatisfying, or doesn't fit. Or it can happen in more profound ways - realizing that a career or an important relationship has become a regular source of discomfort rather than of satisfaction or joy (p. 170)."

From: Lesser, M. (2019).  Seven practices of a mindful leader.  Novato: CA: New World Library.

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Since 1990, The Ohio State University Leadership Center has had the mission of providing research-based resources and high-quality practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities. 

This year, we are celebrating 30 years of hands-on workshops and strength-based training activities to both organizations and individuals. In doing so, we are offering 15% off of our 21st Century Workshops through July 30, 2020. 

“Our workshops are accessible, affordable and applicable. Our participants leave with new ideas and tools that they can apply immediately,” said Beth Flynn. 

In effort to continue providing these opportunities, now through December 2020, all workshops and sessions will be online in order to protect the health of our participants and facilitators due to coronavirus. 

The Ohio State Leadership Center is located on Ohio State University’s Columbus campus and is proudly a part of the Department of Agricultural Communication, Education, and Leadership at the university. 

The center is managed by a team of professionals who understand the importance of leadership training and the impact it can have on everyday lives. As experts in their fields, the facilitators offer practical tips to help participants.

Instructor Tom Stewart said, “I think these workshops are important because it helps people transform their lives. Nothing is more important than being able to really improve someone’s life and in many cases the Leadership Center does just that!”

Communication and conflict management, strength-based training, leadership development and team building are just some of the courses offered by the center. 

Stewart added, “I think the future is unlimited for the Ohio State Leadership Center. I actually think we are just scratching the surface right now. There is great potential for this program to expand.”

To find additional information about the Ohio State Leadership Center, visit our website, subscribe to our newsletter, and follow our social media accounts. 

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, July 21st, 2020
  1. "Provide learning opportunities as a part of every work life.
  2. Create a culture where supervisors support the job success of their teams.
  3. Be mindful of the positive and negative repercussions of autonomy.
  4. Foster workplace belongingness.
  5. Support a culture of work-life fit.
  6. Improve advancement systems.
  7. Recognize and reward the importance of supportive co-worker relationships (p. 22-23)."

From: Tkatchov, O., & Tkatchov, M. (2020). Proactive professional learning: creating conditions for individual and organizational improvement. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield.

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By: Beth Flynn, Tuesday, July 14th, 2020
  • "They are in a position to impact the greatest number of people and processes.
  • Managers control the culture of the company.
  • They are on the front line with employees.
  • They have a huge impact on attracting and retaining talent.
  • They're responsible for bringing out the best in people.
  • They're on the front line with daily processes.
  • They're the 'messaging valve.' They determine what gets reported to senior management and how news is broken to their direct reports.
  • They make change happen (p. 357-359)."

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, July 07th, 2020
  • "Build skill in perceptive engagement, the capacity to take another person's perspective and discern what would be helpful.
  • Cultivate capacity for attunement, which involves being aware of another person while simultaneously staying in touch with our own somatic senses and experiences. It heightens our sense of interconnection.
  • Develop empathic listening, the capacity to tune in to feelings of concern as we hear another person's perspectives and experiences. It allows us to be present without needing to fix, solve, or intervene.
  • Foster mindfulness, an awareness of changing conditions in ourselves and others on a moment-to-moment basis. It helps us to remain calm and steady in the face of suffering - our own as well as that of others.
  • Empathy at work helps us to 'feel our way forward' together and motivates compassion (p. 125-126)."

From: Worline, M.C., & Dutton, J.E. (2017). Awakening compassion at work. Oakland, CA: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc.

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