Defining leadership goals & becoming a Tempered Radical (Jan 19 – March 7)
We have an assigned reading (apart from any additional online readings that we may recommend). So first things first, go ahead to your favorite online bookseller and purchase Rocking the Boat: How to effect change without making trouble by Debra E. Meyerson. Order it right away because we will need it one week’s time.
Reading: Meyerson, D. E. (2008). Rocking the boat: How to effect change without making trouble. Harvard Business Press.
This assignment can be further divided into three sections:
- In the Room
- Rocking the Boat
- Setting Goals
|In the Room activity
Jan 19 – Jan 26.
|Before you begin this assignment, you must make us one promise: you will not read ahead! As you read each section, make sure to complete the tasks before moving on.Part 1:
As you examine the six random objects that you have selected, think about how each one could represent a characteristic or element of leadership. In your document, record how each of the six random items represents or symbolizes leadership. You may choose to use key words or short descriptions. Feel free to tell a story of leadership with the items, create a metaphor, create similies, etc. Take creative license in the connections that you find!
Post your finished collage to your website by January 26th. In addition, tweet it out to #MSUrbanSTEM15 with a 126 character definition of what leadership means to you.
|Rocking the Boat in four stages
Jan 26 – Feb 22
|Setting goals (Instrumental and Missional thinking)
Feb 23 – March 07
|Having read Rocking the Boat and worked on Tasks Zero to Three, you should now be able to situate yourself on the continuum of being a Tempered Radical. We will now focus on using what we have learned from our reading of the book and its application in our professional settings.In Task Three: Facing Challenges, you read Meyerson’s 4 levels of challenges and reflected on how you see yourself dealing with some of these challenges. Holding the thread from this task, let’s start thinking about setting some goals for ourselves. Now that we know the challenges we could face and ways to deal with them, what kind of goals do you visualize for yourself? Take a moment to write these goals down. In your vision, do you imagine your goals being more instrumental or missional? Don’t know what these terms mean? This quick reading will help you decide for yourself:
Having read about and identified instrumental and missional thinking, which one do you prefer? Or do you prefer a balance of the two when setting your goals?
Now, using your understanding of instrumental and missional thinking, set up two sets of goals: one set of short term goals, and another of long term goals. The short term goals are somethings you aim to achieve in, say 6 months. And the long term goals are somethings you plan to do in next 5 years. Both these goals need to be STEM and/or leadership-related. We will use these goals to shape your Personal Manifesto.
Need help writing goals? Check out this additional resource: Writing SMART goals
Write a 350-500 words response defining your goals.