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Kelsey Ketelsleger

Leadership Symposium: A Week of Leadership Focused Training

by Kelsey Ketelsleger Wednesday, November 29, 2017

For the week of Oct 23 – Oct 27 the Full-Time MBA first year students attended a Leadership Symposium.  Throughout the week, students attended various breakout sessions and key note speakers to learn more about effective leadership and management skills. 

Some of my favorite breakout sessions and key learnings included:

Effective and Impactful Corporate Presentations

  • Make sure you answer the WHAT? SO WHAT? And NOW WHAT? 
  • The point of your presentation should be to make recommendations to help the business grow, not just share information

From Win-Win to Mutual Gains

  • Give someone a choice they WANT to say YES to
  • Know your BATNA – Best Alternative To Negotiated Agreement

Developing a Healthy Mindset for Success

  • Avoid All-or-Nothing Thinking – just because one thing goes wrong does not mean that everything is going to go wrong
  • Put everything into perspective and take a minute to evaluate your situation

Leadership Catalyst

We also had three key note presentations discussing topics like Emotional Intelligence, Resilience and Unconscious Bias.  All three presentations gave a great perspective on these topics and how they relate to the workplace.  One of the things that stood out most to me was a TED Talk we watched on introverts and the discussion that followed. Being a bit of an introvert myself, it was interesting to me to learn and realize that the world tends to favor extroverts on the basis of first impressions, but introverts tend to stand out after having a chance to prove themselves.

All in all it was a great to be able to take some time away from the classroom and focus on some of the “softer” skills that are so crucial for effective management and leadership!