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Published
May 4, 2021

Agile Leadership in a Volatile World

It Calls for Self-Awareness, Thinking Differently, and Creating Organizational Change

Especially in turbulent times, higher education leaders would be advised to assume the six most valued perspectives: curator, architect, conductor, humanist, advocate, and pioneer.

From Volume 49 Number 3 | April–June 2021

Abstract: An agile mindset exercised by leadership and distilled down into organizational culture is the prerequisite for any higher education institution planning to transform itself in an age of constant disruption. The post-pandemic world will continue to present new challenges for colleges and universities as they seek innovative solutions to plan for an ever increasing volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) environment. Higher education leaders would serve themselves and their institutions well by learning how to practice the six attributes of an agile leader in a volatile world.

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Published
April 15, 2021

Agility Management Principles for a Volatile World

This new approach will change the way you work, think, and manage—regardless of industry, position, title, training, budget, or educational background.
Abstract: Shift your antiquated set of management principles (planning, organizing, staffing, directing, and controlling) to a more agile set of functions including curator, architect, conductor, humanist, advocate, and pioneer. Then, become more agile and understand that management today needs to be far more dynamic, empowering, and creative. This new approach will change the way you work, think, and manage—regardless of industry, position, title, training, budget, or educational background.

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Published
December 11, 2020

Redefining Federal Work-Study Programs

Support Students in Their Academic and Professional Success by Developing Their Career-Readiness Skills

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, by reinventing its campus Federal Work-Study (FWS) program (newly termed PRO Roos), committed to a goal of supporting student success through developing their career-readiness skills. FWS students were engaged in worthwhile campus employment that increased their sense of belonging within the university, enhanced their professional proficiencies, and prepared them for careers after graduation.

From Volume 49 Number 1 | October–December 2020

Abstract: As Federal Work-Study (FWS) programs are coming under national scrutiny for their lack of proven effectiveness and antiquated systems, the University of Missouri-Kansas City reevaluated the culture surrounding its student employee positions. After collaborating with financial aid personnel and identifying key stakeholders, a new program was created to focus on professional-readiness skills and developing a culture of high-quality, campus-wide customer service. Former expectations of FWS positions were revised to include more intentional career-readiness opportunities. Doing so required investing in professional development for supervisors and support for mentoring student employees. This article presents the planning and collaboration methods that are vital to implementing an innovative program and provides insight for other universities seeking to professionalize their FWS programs.

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Delivered
October 6, 2020

2020 Southern Regional Conference | October 2020

Leading in a Crisis

The Power of One

This session will introduce you to concepts about preparing for adversity. Institutional leaders often rely on ineffective processes for crisis management, but we’ll provide you with a framework and tools that will allow you to more constructively navigate crises.
Abstract: We’re living in challenging times and other crises are sure to follow. Having the proper skills and culture will mean the difference between success and failure. This session will introduce you to concepts about preparing for this adversity. Institutional leaders often rely on ineffective processes for crisis management, but we’ll provide you with a framework and tools that will allow you to more constructively navigate crises. We don’t learn from our experiences—we learn from reflecting on them. Come share and reflect on your experiences with your peers and learn a new framework to help you lead in a crisis.

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Delivered
July 21, 2020

2020 Annual Conference | July 2020

Leading with Focus

Collaboration and Productivity Without a Billion Video Conferences

Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Beth Z, for proven techniques to help you focus and improve your productivity along with the tools to lead your team to be more efficient and effective.
Abstract: The traditional workplace culture shifted overnight when the COVID-19 pandemic pushed our workforces into work-from-home models. Never-ending videoconferences haven't helped you and your colleagues be more efficient—they're just wasting your time. Join Your Nerdy Best Friend, aka Beth Z, for proven techniques to help you focus and improve your productivity along with the tools to lead your team to be more efficient and effective.

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Published
June 11, 2020

Adding Zip to Your Zoom

How to Put Your Best Face Forward on Video Conferences

Recorded June 11. Join Beth Z, also known as Your Nerdy Best Friend, for a lively session on how to make your video conferencing events more professional and engaging. You’ll learn more about lighting, sound and content sharing . . . plus innovative ways to turn your presentation attendees into participants! Beth’s energizing programs are full of ideas and tips, and we welcome her back to SCUP for the fifth time.
Abstract: Join Beth Z, also known as Your Nerdy Best Friend, for a lively session on how to make your video conferencing events more professional and engaging. You’ll learn more about lighting, sound and content sharing . . . plus innovative ways to turn your presentation attendees into participants! Beth’s energizing programs are full of ideas and tips, and we welcome her back to SCUP for the fifth time.

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Delivered
March 27, 2019

2019 Pacific Regional Conference | March 2019

The Challenge of Vulnerability

This interactive presentation challenges participants to lean in towards one area of fear in their life, whether that’s practicing a strategy at home or stepping onto the stage to share their message with the world.
Abstract: We are all invited to take the stage in some form in our lives, whether that be in an interview for work, a speech at a wedding, or simply asking a question in a business meeting or classroom setting. We all have ideas, questions or explorations which we hold back from sharing because our brains are hardwired to prioritize acceptance by our peers and avoid rejection and ridicule. Sometimes, this keeps us safe—but more often than not—it keeps us from truly stepping into a life of opportunity.

The first major theme of the presentation is the psychology of fear. What makes so many of our hands shake, our body’s fidget and our minds forget our words once so perfectly rehearsed? It is an evolutionary response, developed eons ago, designed to protect us. Public speaking asks us to do the one thing we are hard-wired not to do – step outside of the tribe and ask to be invited back in. As relatively weak and slow planetary beings, we survived only in community. Public speaking is the most vulnerable and scary thing that we can do. We will explore the role of this response and how it “shows up” for us in our modern-day world and body and four scientifically-proven ways to shift out of fear and into action using both science and story to address the “hack”.

The second major presentation theme is the role of nonverbal communication. Research shows that over 93% of communication is nonverbal, demonstrating that our brains are wired to prioritize nonverbal over verbal communication. But as presenters, we focus on what we say – rather than how we say it. We engage in fun-partner work to learn how our brains are specifically attuned to body language – and the signals that we are unintentionally demonstrating while speaking from a place of fear or anxiety.

The presentation is concluded with a challenge: to invite each audience member to make one commitment to themselves to lean in towards one area of fear in their life, whether that’s practicing a strategy at home or stepping onto the stage to share their message with the world.

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