Today I wrapped up Day 1 at the Change Leadership workshop to support the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system office’s Charting the Future strategic planning inititaive. The plan has been in development for several years, but hit a rough patch last year when faculty unions across the state revolted against it, leading to a series of no-confidence votes for the system’s chancellor. This Star-Tribune editorial from April covers the system’s work to restart the initiative after efforts were made to bring the faculty unions back into the project.
I haven’t been involved in Charting the Future up until this point, and part of the reason I wanted to explore this now was to get a different view of how the system would be moving forward with this initiative after what felt like a lost year in 2014.
Today’s first day of the workshop focused on organizational psychology and change management; there was a lot of incredibly interesting information, some things I want to research when I get home, and a book written by one of the presenters that I bought for later reading.
Plus, there was a taco bar for lunch — and nothing is bad when you have a taco bar.
Looking forward to Day 2 tomorrow.