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MLDP Recap: "21st Century Public Service" with David Uejio

 
As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here. 

I am very glad I attended Dave Uejio's session "21st Century Public Service," which turned out to be an awesome discussion. Uejio covered public service, what it is, why students should consider careers in public service, etc. One of the main takeaways was the difference between politics and policy. Uejio told us that "Policy is action," eloquently explaining that politics is more focused on advocating to accomplish something while policy is concerned with efficiently operationalizing policies. Uejio also told us how he really doesn't care much for politics because at the end of the day, what matters most is not necessarily what policies should or shouldn't be passed, but rather what policies are being done and whether they are achieving the desired result.

MLDP Recap: Week 6 Fall 2013

 
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.

This Tuesday, we heard from David Uejio, Strategy Program Manager at the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, in his session on “Presentation Design for the User Experience.” Mr. Uejio began his lecture by conveying to us the importance of presentation design. Indeed, as students at Dartmouth, we encounter all kinds of presentations as we attend lectures each day.

Mr. Uejio went on to share with us a framework for "demonstrating superior thinking through visualization." He discussed the importance of designing for a specific audience with a specific purpose in mind, and emphasized details like font and color palette. He also relayed the importance of designing slides for ourselves, in order to command material. Throughout his talk, Mr. Uejio shared with us some slides that he created for work purposes and we discussed why they were effective.

MLDP Recap: "Networking Strategies for a New Generation" with Kaneisha Grayson

 
As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read a student account of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here. 

On Sunday, I had the amazing opportunity to be a part of a Webinar by Kaneisha Grayson on “Networking Strategies for a New Generation.” Not only were her experiences and education extremely relevant to the occasion, but Grayson was a pleasure to hear as a speaker and made her talk simple and practical to follow. She emphasized the importance of networking in today’s world as an effective tool to receive guidance and encourage others to support and cheer for you. On the practical front, she discussed LinkedIn profiles, who to connect with on LinkedIn and the art of sending effective emails.

MLDP Recap: MLDP Explores the Great Outdoors with Bob Miller

 
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. 
MLDP participants had the special opportunity to hear from Bob Miller, the Holekamp Family Strength and Conditioning Coach for Dartmouth College Athletics. Mr. Miller brought his expertise in supervising and training athletes to the MLDP program through a series of fun outdoor exercises to teach participants how to lead through action.
We began by training one member of every group in compass navigation. From this, we progressed into the main activity for the night, which was to simulate a night of camping outdoors. Using directions on slips of paper given to us, we had to find our camping supplies before continuing on to find our campsite where we would set up camp for the night, and prepare to boil water for a morning cup of coffee.

RLF Recap: Leadership, Personal Development and the Feedback Cycle

   
This Thursday, the Rockefeller Leadership Fellows had the pleasure of welcoming Professor Betsy Winslow of the Tuck School of Business to share with us her knowledge about leadership theory and giving proper feedback. Just as she does in her Comparative Models of Leadership class, Professor Winslow taught us about the four key components of leadership, which she believes can be mastered through attention and practice. These include personal excellence, effective situational control, motivating and developing people, and achieving results. 

Woven through each of these components were the important tips of planning ahead and adapting your leadership style to the situation at hand. To wrap up the discussion on leadership, we carried out role-plays simulating work conflicts between a supervisor and a manager. At the end of the session, Professor Winslow spoke to us about how to give feedback using the SMART (specific, measurable, actionable, relevant, timely) and SBIR (situation, behavior, impact, result) models. Overall, this material supplemented well the knowledge we had gained from the annual RLF leadership retreat the previous weekend.

Voxmasters Recap: A Call to Action

As part of MLDP, we encourage student participants to attend other Rockefeller Center programs in order to enrich their Dartmouth experience. Read three student accounts of a Rockefeller Center program, and for more information about MLDP, click here.

On Wednesday, October 2, several MLDP students attended the Rockefeller Center’s VoxMasters discussion group, which allows students to practice impromptu public speaking in a comfortable and casual environment. The group, led by Sarah Ogren ’16 and Shoshana Silverstein ’15, meets every Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m.

RLF Recap: Letting Others Have It Your Way: The Art and Science of Negotiation

The 2013 RLF Retreat set a high bar for the excellence of the RLF program, marking the 13th year of Professor Brian Mandell’s unrelenting dedication to sharing his wisdom with us fellows. Even compared to the successes of past years, this year’s retreat was particularly insightful and inspiring. The first day underwent a few changes, emphasizing Mandell’s “Breakthrough Communication” exercise in place of other public speaking activities. As a result, the fellows were able to receive individualized feedback from the group and from Professor Mandell on their communication skills. Concepts that continued to come up were using intergenerational language, weaving in relevant anecdotes, and avoiding fillers, trailing tone, and conditional phrases like “to be frank.” The fellows spoke about their understandings of productive work, rewards, commitment, and future career goals. Day 1 also included a discussion about the millennial generation and an evening talent show.

RLF Recap: Leadership in Civil Society with Prof. Ronald Shaiko

Professor Ron Shaiko, a leading member of the Rockefeller Center public policy faculty, came to RLF to speak about navigating the space we call the “civil society.” He started his lecture by referring to experiences he had in Eastern Europe with varying attitudes about community service and aiding strangers in need. Then, Professor Shaiko asked us to reframe our understanding of social capital, especially in terms of how it relates to bonding and bridging. 

MLDP kicks off Fall 2013 with Dr. Darin Eich

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.

MLDP participants were awarded the great opportunity to hear from the session’s guest speaker, Dr. Darin Eich, following staff introductions and a general program orientation. As the founder of several leadership development and innovative initiatives, such as the student-based consulting firm BrainReactions and Create Your Path at the Rockefeller Center, Dr. Eich brought his expertise in the fields of communication, networking, and creativity to the MLDP program through a series of engaging presentations and activities. 

Prof. Miller Gives Talk on Ngo Dinh Diem and the Vietnam War

 

Addressing a mixed audience of both students and community members, Associate Professor of History Edward Miller invited his audience to reconsider a frequently under-addressed chapter of America's history. 

In a talk entitled "Misalliance: Ngo Dinh Diem and the Roots of America's Intervention in the Vietnam War", Professor Miller challenged conventional views that the final actions of Diem and his brother were driven by desperation. On the contrary, according to Miller, Diem went to his grave with the firm belief that "he was the smartest guy in the room." Diem and his brother firmly believed that they were winning the war, their Strategic Hamlet Program was succeeding in winning over the populace, and that government loyalists also in the military would swiftly crush any coup against the Diem regime. It was this final assumption, accompanied by Diem's refusal to flee the capital and his subsequent belief that he would be safe in military custody, which cost Diem his life.

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