April 20, 2014

Student-Leader Seminar

Joe Thomas facilitates discussion at Student-Leader Seminar groupThe Student-Leader Seminar (S-LS) is designed to introduce the topic of ethical leadership to students, athletes, educators, public service professionals, and leaders in the not-for-profit and corporate sectors. The seminars are highly interactive discussions built around the themes of leading with purpose, ethical decision making, and the value of character.

The purpose of the Student-Leader Seminar is to:

  • Develop leaders who are oriented toward achieving outcomes for the organization
  • Build vertical team cohesion (chain-of-command) and lateral team cohesion (co-worker groups)
  • Energize organizations with fun, interactive conversations centered on transformational leadership topics
  • Develop in the learner a personal understanding of the processes and demands of leadership and provide the tools and tactics to realize full potential
  • Encourage thinking about the role of character and the moral/ethical component of leadership
  • Employ diagnostic instruments to help participants learn about themselves, their co-workers, subordinates, and leaders
  • Provide supporting processes to ensure the learning continues beyond the seminar, including leadership coaching, peer coaching, leadership development plans and guides for further learning about leadership.

Joe Thomas is interviewed about The Student-Leader Seminar

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Featured Articles and Posts

NCAA Champion Magazine: Safely Putting Ethics to the Test

“Ask any neurologist – or parent – and they’ll tell you that the decision-making centers in the brain aren’t fully formed until the mid- to late 20′s. So it’s little surprise that college students aren’t always celebrated for showing sound judgment.”

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Confronting Ethical Dilemnas at Work: Why Do Good People Do Bad Things?

“Ethics can be dangerous to your career. The danger may come not from your own ethics but from the ethics of people around you and the organization of which you are a part. At work, you may be called upon to do things that turn out to be unethical or even illegal. What should you do if that occurs? According to the old adage, “The best defense is a good offense.” And the best defense against involvement in wrongdoing is being prepared for organizational challenges that will inevitably test your personal values, moral beliefs, and commitment to doing the right thing.”

Read the rest of the article here

Women’s Empowerment Series Hosted by Angela Cyrus (PhD) of the Student-Leader Seminar

The Women’s Empowerment Series is comprised of full-day (9:00 AM – 3:00 PM) immersion retreats designed to increase personal empowerment and self-acceptance, foster rewarding relational skills, and inspire confidence to live and lead from a place of wholeness.

Read more about the Women’s Empowerment Series here

Intra-Group Social Networks As Social Support Systems

“Approximately 20 years ago, at the start of my career as an Organizational Development (OD) consultant, I was asked to help commanders of the Infantry basic training program to find ways to reduce the high number of trainees who fail to complete their basic combat training…Lesson learned from IDF’s infantry basic training show a clear connection between an individual’s Intra-Group Social Score (IGSS) and the probability of drop/withdrawal”

“This article details the overall process of analysis and intervention for reducing the dropout rate (voluntary and involuntary) of new recruits. The reduction was made possible by rallying and strengthening existing social ties, in particular to support the individual and reduce the level of burnout experienced.”

Read the article by Tzur Keren

Proceedings Magazine Article: Cause For Alarm

“A young submariner once wrote, “It is integrity that bondsthe crew of a submarine so tightly together that when faced with any circumstance, each individual can trust his shipmate to meet the needs of the moment.” This anonymous sailor went on to make the comparison between integrity in professional conduct and the physical integrity of a ship.  It seems that officers in today’s Navy need to extend this analogy to address integrity in personal conduct.”

Read the article by Lieutenant James Drennan