Registration Deadline: Sunday, June 15, 2014
Course Instructor: Course Instructor: Becky Schreiber and John Shannon, Schreiber Shannon Associates
In the current environment of tight budgets, limited resources, and a changing world, libraries of all kinds are seeking ways to focus their energy on meeting critical user needs while maximizing the talents of every staff member to streamline internal processes.
Leading From Any Position is a workshop developed by Becky Schreiber and John Shannon of Schreiber Shannon Associates to give you the knowledge and skills to analyze work processes, make data based decisions, and facilitate more effective meetings - from any position in the library. We will provide strategies for helping your library be more agile in responding to user needs by creating an organizational culture of exploration and knowledge sharing.
In this workshop, we will help you find answers to the following questions:
- How can I increase my ability to influence the choices my library is making in response to its users changing needs?
- How can I have more impact on the daily decisions that affect my work and its impact?
- How can I help to create a library culture where good ideas have a fair hearing and are nurtured through to implementation?
- How can I make a positive difference in my library even if I'm not in charge?
This workshop will enable you to take initiative, regardless of the position you hold in your library. We will practice methods of facilitation, creative problem solving, and setting priorities that will give those who attend better influence strategies. We will work with "real time" work situations and create action plans so participants will move directly into implementation upon their return to work.
In a few months, we will return to a follow-up session - to celebrate our successes and help each other with the barriers we met in our implementation efforts. The follow-up workshop is critical to assure successful achievement for each person.
Some of the benefits of coming to LFAP:
- You will be able to steer the direction of your work instead of being at the mercy of the usual distractions, inefficiencies, and disconnections.
- You'll have more influence and have less frustration when you clarify individual work priorities within the context of the system's priorities.
- Your credibility will expand when you start supporting your opinions with data, building the capacity of your work team to study an issue, build data, and make informed decisions to move into the future.
- You will enhance your meetings when you learn to be a better team member, facilitating decision-making even when you are not in charge.
- You will improve your library's culture starting from your own position, by changing your behavior and holding others accountable in diplomatic and effective ways.
Workshop Description: This is a two-day workshop with a one-day follow-up. We will use experiential learning in which you will learn a concept, practice it, and then apply the experience to real work situations. This hands-on learning will provide opportunities to apply new techniques to persistent problems. The instructors will provide examples, stories, step-by-step methods, as well as practical, useful tips that can be applied immediately. Individual and group exercises will enable you to create an action plan to implement, and the skills to follow through.
Pre-workshop assignment: Before you arrive, you will complete some pre-workshop observations of your library, based on Peter Senge's Five Disciplines - personal mastery, mental models, shared vision, team learning, and systems thinking – making note of specific insights. We want the skills you gain in LFAP to be based on data rather than opinion, and the pre-work will provide a quick reality check before we start applying concepts.
Who Should Attend: As its title implies, LFAP is open to anyone from the California library community with an interest in developing skills to be more influential in their work. We are hoping to attract those of you who are enthusiastic about contributing your best to your library, but who may have met obstacles in that effort. This workshop is also appropriate for library business managers, procurement officers, public information officers, systems staff, facilities managers or anyone else on staff who wants to improve the organizational culture through their own initiative.
Prerequisites: This course requires that students be comfortable with experiential learning. Although we will use some lectures, much of our time will be spent in small groups, discussing strategies and practicing methods. We will be creating a safe environment so that people will be able to share their work issues, ideas, and potential solutions freely.
Check-in: 8:30 to 9:00 AM Instruction: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Keywords: Leadership, Professional development and efficiency, Staff development