Leadership Workshops

November Leadership Workshop

November 14-15, 2018 in Fairbanks
The Realizing Alaska’s Future 2020-2040 leadership forum brought together 130 of the university's academic and administrative leaders, governance representatives, student leaders and faculty to provide clarity and perspective on where we are heading as a university; ask for leadership’s input into advocacy efforts and provide advocacy tools; strengthen relationships across the system; and generate high energy around our future plans and opportunities.

January Leadership Workshop

January 18, 2018 in Anchorage
The workshop will bring together the chancellors and university leadership along with key internal stakeholders to discuss our strategic goals, budget, and priorities.
 The one-day workshop is being designed as an  information sharing session, to discuss important issues around effective communication, to gather ideas, input and personal perspectives, and to develop a coordinated strategy for generating broad support for the university.

Following the workshop, the expectation is that each person attending will help with outreach and education in some capacity in their home community or through their personal networks. Specifically, each attendee will do a minimum of three activities to help spread the word about the value of the University of Alaska. The activities can range from speaking engagements to private conversations, internally to your respective UA communities and externally. Please make sure to highlight one of the five focus areas, which are:

June Leadership Summit

Lecture slide deck

Click HERE to download the slide deck from Ron Heifetz's keynote presentation. Please keep in mind that the order and content of the slides is constantly changing, and this presentation varies greatly by audience. For more information on these concepts refer to the reading material distributed at the conference.

Pre-Reading Recommendations

In preparation for the June leadership summit, please take a moment to read the following articles suggested by keynote speaker Ron Heifetz.

  • Leading by Feel - by Ronald Heifetz, Alexander Grashow and Marty Linskey
    Reprint from Harvard Business Review, posted with permission
  • A Survival Guide for Leaders - by Ronald Heifetz and Marty Linsky
    Reprint from Harvard Business Review, posted with permission
  • Chapter One from Leadership on the Line - Staying Alive through the Dangers of Leading
    [with permission from the author]
  • Wired Magazine Interview with Ron Heifetz

Handouts and Additional Resources

Leadership Presentations

Leading Change at the University FOR Alaska, 2016-2025 - Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska President

You Are Not Alone: Pursuing Goals in the Face of Budget Cuts - Dennis Jones, National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS)

Working with the Media in Time of Change - Jennifer Thompson and Ally Day, Thompson & Co. Public Relations

Handouts and Additional Resources

On Leadership (Alaska Business Monthly) - Jim Johnsen

Alaska's Completion Crisis - Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) and the University of Alaska.

Alaska's Postsecondary Completion Rates - Alaska Postsecondary Access & Completion Network


Leadership Book Shelf

Clayton Christensen Innovators Dilemma
The bestselling classic on disruptive innovation, by renowned author Clayton M. Christensen.

Stephen Covey The Speed of Trust: The One Thing that Changes Everything
Offers an unprecedented and eminently practical look at exactly how trust functions in our every transaction and relationship—from the most personal to the broadest, most indirect interaction—and how to establish trust immediately so that you and your organization can forego the time–killing, bureaucratic check–and–balance processes so often deployed in lieu of actual trust.

Michael Crow Designing the New American University
Crow and coauthor William B. Dabars, examine the emergence of this set of institutions and the imperative for the new model, the tenets of which may be adapted by colleges and universities, both public and private. 

David Grossman No Cape Needed: The Simplest, Smartest, Fastest Steps to Improve How You Communicate by Leaps and Bounds
Through this engaging book with a simple Do/Don't format, leaders learn how better communication skills clearly translate to better leadership, allowing them to quickly transform their organization, not to mention their relationships and their lives.

Ronald Heifetz  Leadership On the Line
Through vivid stories from all walks of life, the authors present straightforward strategies for navigating the perilous straits of leadership. Whether parent or politician, CEO or community activist, this practical book shows how you can exercise leadership and survive and thrive to enjoy the fruits of your labor.

Ronald Heifetz  Leadership Without Easy Answers
Fitting the theory and practice of leadership to our extraordinary times, the book promotes a new social contract, a revitalization of our civic life just when we most need it. Heifetz presents clear, concrete prescriptions for anyone who needs to take the lead in almost any situation, under almost any organizational conditions, no matter who is in charge.

Ronald Heifetz  The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World
A hands-on, practical guide containing stories, tools, diagrams, cases, and worksheets to help you develop your skills as an adaptive leader, able to take people outside their comfort zones and assess and address the toughest challenges.

Daniel Kahneman Thinking, Fast and Slow
Engaging the reader in a lively conversation about how we think, Kahneman reveals where we can and cannot trust our intuitions and how we can tap into the benefits of slow thinking. He offers practical and enlightening insights into how choices are made in both our business and our personal lives―and how we can use different techniques to guard against the mental glitches that often get us into trouble.

Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It & Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization
Authors Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey show how our individual beliefs--along with the collective mind-sets in our organizations--combine to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. By revealing how this mechanism holds us back, Kegan and Lahey give us the keys to unlock our potential and finally move forward.

John Kotter Leading Change
John Kotter’s now-legendary eight-step process for managing change with positive results has become the foundation for leaders and organizations across the globe. By outlining the process every organization must go through to achieve its goals, and by identifying where and how even top performers derail during the change process, Kotter provides a practical resource for leaders and managers charged with making change initiatives work.

Jeff Selingo College (Un)Bound
Incisive, urgent, and controversial, College (Un)bound is a must-read for prospective students, parents, and anyone concerned with the future of American higher education.

Marc Tucker Surpassing Shanghai
 This book answers a simple question: How would one redesign the American education system if the aim was to take advantage of everything that has been learned by countries with the world’s best education systems?