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Event Name:2019 Directors' Retreat: Steps to Stress Free Leadership
Description:This year we will focus on you the leader.  The first day will be devoted to Facilitative Leadership with topics to include: developer of people, developer of teams, manager of conflict and master of problem solving.   The evening will continue with facilitated "Rich Conversations" focused on HR and other issues.  The second day will begin with Leading Inside & Out of Your Library: Finding Balance, followed by time for reflection and the creation of an action plan.  We will end the Retreat with The Art of Relaxation.

Day 1: 9:30 am - 4:00 pm with dinner at 6 pm and Rich Conversations to follow 
Facilitative Leadership

Facilitative leadership involves four modes of behaviors - Manager of Conflict, Developer of People and Teams, and Master of Problems Solving Tools. These behaviors are sets of skills which can be learned and practiced. Effective leadership behaviors are unique to the group of followers you lead. Understanding the motivation of followers is critical to succeeding as a leader. Glenn Ray helps leaders relate to followers and peers in a personal way while maintaining focus on the organization's needs.
Learning Objectives:
  • Learn how to develop people and teams
  • Manage conflict with ease
  • Take away problem solving tools
  • Be aware of verbal and nonverbal listening
Glenn Ray is the President of RayCom Learning, which helps leaders who want to create an environment where people communicate clearly and choose to commit to organizational goals. He spent 16 years in industries such as chemical, construction, mining, and manufacturing and 10 years as an external consultant while Director of the Institute of Education and Training for Business at Marietta College. He has also had extensive experience training and facilitating federal government employees as well as family owned companies. His positions have spanned corporate training director, plant training manager, production supervisor, and production worker. As an internal consultant, he designed and administered employee development processes to improve organizational performance. He taught communication and leadership courses at Ohio University and Marietta College. He has led over 1500 workshops on facilitative leadership, small group facilitation techniques, communication, team development, and conflict management. His clients include 36 multinational companies, and 105 hospitals, government, education, and domestic industries spanning eleven states.

Day 2: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Leading Inside & Out of Your Library: Finding Balance

This session is inspired by the Library Journal article, “Leading Inside & Out.”  Running a library is a full-time job and then some. Yet library leaders still find time to lead community wide, state, and national initiatives. These efforts advance the power and prestige of libraries as a field but can still pull focus from their institutions. We will discuss the importance of leading outside your library and ways leaders juggle internal and external commitments, as well as how they balance their time—and why the balancing act is worth it.

Learning Objectives:
  • Identify leadership opportunities outside of your library
  • Identify strategies for prioritizing internal and external commitments and ways to balance your time  
  • You will have a chance to:
    • Create an action plan to get involved outside of your library if you are not already doing so OR increase external involvement if desired. 
    • Analyze your current external commitments and determine if they are the right commitments for you at this time, create an action plan based on the results (if needed).
Wendy Tressler Jasper, Manager of 2020 Vision Plan (Construction & Facilities Projects), Columbus Metropolitan Library.  Over the past 18 years, Wendy Tressler Jasper has worked in a variety of management roles at the Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) beginning her career in the HR department as the Organizational Development Manager. After 7 years working on a variety of HR projects (such as, training on Customer Service, Diversity, Management, and Reference Skills,  revision of Policies & Procedures, Job Descriptions, creation of a Wellness Program, Unobtrusive Survey, and Staff Development Day), she transitioned to the Project Management & Quality Department to serve as manager. Ms. Jasper and her team worked on a variety of projects including process improvements in support and public services, the creation of the Outdoor Reading Room at Columbus Commons Park (which gained national press), and the creation and implementation of project management methodology across the system. Her knowledge of project management lead Wendy to be assigned as a member of the 2020 Vision Plan core team in 2012. In 2013, she joined the 2020 Vision Plan department full time and to date has lead the completion of ten building projects including the renovation of Main Library.  In addition to her work at CML, she is involved in external leadership roles with OLC and ALA-LLAMA.

Art of Relaxation

Learning Objectives:
  • Various simple relaxation techniques that you can practice daily
  • The benefits of practicing relaxation techniques
Dr. Michael Schechter has extensive experience as an instructor and administrator, and currently serves as the Director of Wellness Services.  Dr. Schechter received his B.S. from Miami University and his M.D. from The Ohio State University College of Medicine in 1989.  He received a Physician Executive Certificate from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Continuing Studies in 1999.  He has served as the Chairman of the Departments of Psychiatry at St. Luke’s Medical Center and St. Vincent Charity Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio where he provided supervision and strategic planning to the clinical staff of two large departments.  He has served as a medical director of several agencies.  In addition, Dr. Schechter is an award-winning teacher, being recognized as Northeastern Ohio Universities Psychiatry Resident Teacher of the Year in 2000-2001 and 2003-2004.  Prior to founding Be Well Solutions, he served as a staff psychiatrist and Chairman of Quality Improvement and Peer Review for the Department of Psychiatry at SUMMA Hospitals in Akron, Ohio.  He has authored and presented nearly 100 lectures in the areas of wellness, strategies for change, behavioral health and professional responsibility. Dr. Schechter co-founded Be Well Solutions in 2005. 
Event Date:5/22/2019 - 5/23/2019
Event Time:9:30 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern
Location:Mohican Lodge & Conference Center
1098 Ashland County Rd. #3006
Perrysville, OH 44864

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Contact Person:Melissa Lattanzi
(phone: 330-655-0531)
Details:Who Should Attend:  Directors and Deputy/Assistant Directors

Competency:  Leadership

Cost: FREE

$110 surcharge for facility use and amenities.

On Your Own
Room Reservations at Mohican Lodge & Conference Center cost $102.46 
Call 419-938-5411

Speakers for the Directors' Retreat are generously sponsored by an LSTA Open Grant from the State Library of Ohio

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