Mary Miller, CEO of JANCOA Janitorial Services, presented on Inspiring Dreams: Shifting to a Culture of Caring for our Breakfast Meeting on March 27. Mary shared her experiences of how she works to motivate and inspire her workforce by creating a “spark” of getting individuals to discover their dreams and work to make them a reality. This innovative approach is the focus of Matthew Kelly’s book The Dream Manager and Mary’s book Changing Direction: Ten Choices That Impact Your Dreams. Some of our participant feedback includes the following:
* Perfect timing. We are working on a similar initiative, so the content was perfect.
* Very helpful, good action steps and thoughtful points.
* Mary was excellent, very inspiring.
* Really enjoyed listening to her passion and picked up several meaningful quotes.
* This was a great presentation and could have used more time.
Imagine working at the Gaza Strip. Your mission is to break down boundaries by collaborately working with the opposition by bringing in the wounded to one main hospital. You might think to yourself, “Impossible!!” But that's one of the success stories that Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason shared during her “Developing Boundary Spanning Leadership Skills,” presentation for the Greater Cincinnati Association on Training & Development on January 17, 2018. Fortunately, most of us do not face these types of life-or-death situations. However, we are frequently met with the interdependent challenges that can only be solved by groups working collaboratively together.
For businesses, governments, organizations and communities to solve current problems and realize new opportunities, leaders must think and act beyond current group boundaries and identities. Successful leaders in today’s fast-pace global work environment must develop the capacity to engage in boundary spanning leadership.
Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason, Author of, Boundary Spanning Leadership: Six Practices for Solving Problems, Driving Innovation and Transforming Organizations, and Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Organizational Leadership at the University of Cincinnati (UC), provided practical ways for going from an “Us VS. Them” mentality to bridging understanding and cooperation through listening and sharing as we collectively build new horizons and visions. To bring practical situations closer to home, Dr. Chrobot-Mason shared ways that collegues on different floors went from total indifference to strong collaboration through a six-step system.
In addition to being an author and professional speaker, Dr. Donna Chrobot-Mason, a Senior Partner for RCSN, an executive recruiting and leadership consulting firm. Her focus is on leadership across differences and strategies for creating organizational practices, policies, and a climate that support diversity and foster intergroup collaboration. For more information, please visit: http://rcsnleaders.com/about-us/our-team/name/donna-chrobot-mason/. Her book can be purchased on Amazon.