Pinnacle Leadership Challenge Workshops

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2020-21 Workshops:

Talents, Teams, and Strengths: Unpacking your Gallup Clifton Strengths Assessment

Facilitated by Andrea Davis (RSW), Student Services Manager, Pinnacle Team Lead, Gallup Certified Strengths Coach at the Students’ Association of Mount Royal University

Workshop Registration restricted to Pinnacle participants only. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15.

Workshop Description

In this 2 hour facilitated workshop we will come together with other Pinnacle Challenge Participants to unpack the language of strengths so that you’ll be able to better understand yourself and each other. We’ll learn some of the history of the Clifton Strengths Assessment and focus on understanding our top 5 talents and how each of us brings uniqueness as a leader to team environments. Make sure you send your reports to Andrea prior to the session and also make sure you have easy access to your 2 Clifton Strengths reports in our virtual session. Looking forward to meeting you all!

WORKSHOP DATES:

October

15 – (3-5 pm) -Thursday, 16 – (2-4 pm) – Friday, 21 – (3-5 pm) – Wednesday, 23 – (10-12 noon) – Friday, 28 – (4-6 pm) – Wednesday

Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Andrea Davis is passionate about creating learning conversation opportunities between people. She is currently in a volunteer logistics role internal to the Students’ Association, helping to on-board new volunteers, build volunteer systems, and create opportunities for volunteer relationship building within the organization. In the 6 years and 10 months in her role as the Student Advocacy Coordinator at SAMRU, she coached individual students here at MRU to become their best self-advocates through a strengths-based, anti-oppressive focus. Andrea is a registered Social Worker with the Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) and holds two degrees; one in Social Work, and the other, a Bachelor of General Studies with a minor in Communications from the University of Calgary, with post graduate professional development work in conflict resolution. Andrea also brings seven years of management experience in both banking and retail operations as well as a variety of experiences in human services; a complimentary blend of both for-profit and not-for profit sector experience.

In 2017, Andrea completed her certification requirements through Gallup, to become SAMRU’s own Gallup Certified Strengths Coach. Completion of her coaching certification further enhances her assistance of students in post-secondary with understanding their talents and strengths in thriving both academically and in the workplace. Gallup’s Clifton Strengths testing is used internationally across sectors and is an evidence-based instrument proven to be both valid and reliable in its results over time. For more information on how Clifton Strengths for Students is currently being used in post-secondary, visit Gallup’s website.

Leadership as an Act of Service

Facilitated by Will Conner, MRU Computer information sciences major, Pinnacle Leadership participant 2016 & Pinnacle Volunteer Committee member & Entrepreneur

WORKSHOP DATES: November dates coming soon!

Workshop Registration is open to all current MRU students, including Pinnacle participants. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15.

Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Workshop Description

Recent representations of leadership in media focus on strong, authoritative, driven, decisive leadership styles. While these skills are important, motivation and attitude go a long way to dictating what type of leader we will be. Do we focus on pushing our goals above all others, or do we enable our team to chart the course with us at the helm looking out for disaster? How do we lessen the isolation and burden of leadership and frame the act as something consistent with our internal values? How do we express and negotiate our power to champion and build our team members? What can we gain by looking at leadership as an act of service instead of one that demands to be served? Let’s explore.

  • This two hour facilitated on-line workshop will help us explore these topics. You’ll walk away with some fresh perspectives and strategies to internalize these values. As a group we’ll generate a handy 1-page take way so those ideas always stay fresh (you’ll receive this via e-mail afterwards).How you can prepare:
    Dress casual and comfy.
  • Please have some paper and various coloured writing/drawing instruments handy for this session.
  • Have an idea of a leader (in any industry/capacity) who’s style you admire, and why (brief).
    Be prepared to engage and have some fun.

There will be one 15 minute break in the middle of the session.  Microphone and Camera use are strongly encouraged. See you there!

Leading through fire

Facilitated by Matt Mickelson, MRU Criminal Justice Studies major, Pinnacle Leadership participant 2019 & SAMRU Governor

Workshop Registration is open to all current MRU students, including Pinnacle participants. Minimum 8 participants per session, maximum 15.

 

WORKSHOP DATES: 

November 
10th – (2 – 4 pm) – Tuesday
18th – (1 – 3 pm) – Wednesday
23rd – (5 – 7 pm) – Monday

 

Location: Virtual via Google Meet/Zoom

Workshop Description

The “Leading through Fire” Workshop is about how to be able to work with a team of people at times of extreme difficulty or extreme pressure. In this workshop, we will go over the importance of communication with your team, how to address individual team members’ concerns appropriately, and how to manage the needs of your team and still complete your team goal!

Biography

Matt Mickelson is currently in his fourth year of Criminal Justice at Mount Royal University. He is the current president of several clubs, namely Cougars Unsolved and the MRU Criminal Justice Student Society. In his spare time, you can find Matt baking cookies or out volunteering within the community. Over quarantine, Matt was asked to become involved in the search efforts for Shane Smith’s remains, Matt and his small cohort of students and community volunteers were able to log over seven hundred hours and cover more than 6000 km of backroads, and on September 5th covered almost 122 kilometres of the bow river. Currently, Matt is working alongside a Mexican Federal Investigator on an independent review of several Mexican cold cases. 

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