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MLDP Recap: Building for Leadership

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Read a student's account of our most recent session in our Management Leadership and Development program below. For more information about MLDP, click here.

Darin Eich, Ph.D. kicks off the Management and Leadership Development Program with a session on facilitation techniques.

From the first anecdote, Darin Eich shared that we all have the ability to do “it” – whatever it may be.  In this opening session of MLDP, we pushed our personal boundaries and made new and interesting connections with our fellow students. Our facilitator, Darin Eich of the University of Wisconsin (founder of ProgramInnovation.com and author of Root Down and Branch Out:  Best Practices for Leadership Development Programs), imparted networking skills through simulations that kept the audience excited and intrigued about what he would pull out of his hat next.  The techniques and icebreakers not only worked to connect our new group, but also gave us new ideas for our own extracurricular groups.

In the end it all came together.  Darin reminded us that we all want to do something.  And we can do it - by focusing on what we need, how we can improve, and how we can utilize our peers and networks.  We took our great leadership challenges and broke them down into more approachable parts.  Steve Prager ’14 said “It was a great way to introduce
us to the program while getting us to know and network with each other.”  I couldn’t agree more!  What a great kick-off to an exciting new term, and new growth as leaders.

- Amber Porter ’14

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