By Danielle Miller, Public Relations Specialist
Group Shot of the Graduates
Five Mosaic Agencies Take Part in Leadership Series
For nine months, five Mosaic agencies; Terre Haute, Northern Indiana, Pontiac, Rockford and Macomb from Indiana and Illinois came together for a leadership training series called, “Mission into Action” led by Geery Howe.
The training was divided into four sessions. The Terre Haute and Northern Indiana agencies hosted two sessions each.
Over the course of the program, 10 books and multiple readings were assigned and early morning discussions were based on these readings. Nightly, homework was assigned which was usually two or three articles on management skills.
There was a lot to learn but as a group we pushed through and digested the material. Geery was an engaging story teller, often leaving the class teary eyed or amused at the end of the day with a touching anecdote from his childhood.
From team building to learning theories like the “Salt Shaker Theory” it is virtually impossible to relay all of the material we learned. Almost 30 of us graduated Geery’s program and here are some of our reflections:
Nancy Davis, Vice President of Operations
“It was amazing for me to join Indiana and Illinois agencies in several of the M2A sessions, and especially the final one. You are such an engaged group, and took the concepts and really put some thought in to how you can incorporate them into your work.
I would like to do more of these, and in other regions besides ours.
Thank you so much for your commitment to attending M2A and using what you learned to create lives of possibility for the people we support and our staff. Let’s share the good news with others in Mosaic!”
Kayla Sweet, Associate Director Terre Haute, IN
“Mission to Action changed me as a leader. It helped me to recognize where our agency was as a whole and allowed me to take the time to find the strengths in my team and move us forward with the mission, vision, and values guiding our way.”
Dean Giudice CRM Northern Indiana
“I have never met a better story teller and all around great and humble human being in my life as Geery. That being said I would have to say that the thing that I will take out of the training is moving the salt shaker. Making sure to remember that people need constant gentle pressure to stay on track. Also, I would like to acknowledge the point of making sure to remember that everybody’s experience and knowledge are not your own. I should not expect people to know what I want and how I want it, I should be clear in my instructions. Last but not least I really enjoyed getting to know our regional team and growing a bond. I think that was a great way to do that.”
Joan Carlson CRM Pontiac, IL
“Being a Community Relations Manager I was looking at the things we learned differently. The people working under my direction are volunteers, they do what they do because they want to. So I guess I have an advantage. But I am sure you all are striving to compel your staff to “want to” do what they do.
My big take away for me is from the article from Harvard Business Review. To hold to your principles 100% of the time is easier than it is to hold to them 90% of the time. If you give in to “just this once” you’ll regret where you’ll end up. I don’t want to regret where I end up! You got to define for yourself what you stand for and where you draw the line. And if you’re not sure, well then you got to ……..PAUSE and PROCESS!”
See Slideshows Below for Each Session: