Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Enneagram Workshop by Ginger Lapid-Bogda / April 2008

Upcoming Workshop of Interest to Synergists!

What Type of Leader are You? Using the Enneagram to Identify and Grow Your Leadership Strenghts and Achieve Maximum Success

Presented by Ginger Lapid-Bogda, Ph.D., internationally known consultant, Enneagram teacher, and author (books recommended in Becky and John's bibliography)

Based on material from Lapid-Bogda's book What Type of Leader Are You?, this program will explore in-depth three topics -- striving for self-mastery, becoming an excellent communicator, and making optimal decisions -- through interactive activities, self-assessments, practical theories, and self-development activities.

The workshop presumes some knowledge of the nine Enneagram personality styles. It is designed for leaders at all levels and is useful for anyone wanting to increase their self-mastery, communication, and decision-making skills.

April 26-27 (9am to 4pm each day) -- Register by April 21

Hussey Lounge (10th floor of Damen Hall)
Lake Shore Campus of Loyola University
6525 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago

$100 (includes materials, continental breakfast, and afternoon refreshments

Jerome Wagner 847.492.1690 or jwagner5@aol.com

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Leadership Styles / FastCompany.com

The March 2008 issue of Fast Company has an interesting little feature called "The Journal-ist," in which author James Kuczmarski offers abstracts on articles from four academic journals. Each of the articles focuses on a skill or trait of "top-notch" leaders in the 21st century. The four skills are curiosity, charisma, understanding the physiology of the brain (!), and ability to adapt.

You can read the article online at http://www.fastcompany.com/magazine/123/the-journal-ist-in-the-lead.html.

And the librarian in me couldn't resist finding citations for the articles Kuczmarski references. So if you're interested in a bit more indepth reading on these topics, check out:

"The Role of Curiosity in Global Managers' Decision-Making"
Journal of Leadership & Organizational Studies, Vol. 13, No. 3, 43-58 (2007)
Michael Harvey, University of Mississippi & Bond University (Australia)[et. al.]

"The Two Faces of Transformational Leadership: Empowerment and Dependency"
Journal of Applied Psychology 2003, vol. 88, no2, pp. 246-255
Boas Shamir, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem [et. al.]

"The Neuroscience of Leadership" (available through ProQuest ERIC #:EJ778221)
Reclaiming Children and Youth: The Journal of Strength-based Interventions, v16 n3 p10-17 Fall 2007
David Rock and Jeffrey Schwartz

"Leadership Harvard Style" (available through ILL / see Article First)
Australian Journal of Public Administration, Volume 66, Number 4, December 2007 , pp. 507-511
Stephen Bouwhuis

Melissa Henderson
Synergy 2006

Friday, February 15, 2008


Congratulations to the 30 men and women selected to participate in Synergy: The Illinois Library Leadership Initiative 2008. This year's participants will be:

Shirley Bennett, Columbia College Chicago Library
Julie Blackwell, Carol Stream Public Library
Karen Bounds, Centralia High School
Brian Chase, Normal Public Library
Christina Conklin, Moline Public Library
Julie Dahl, University of St. Francis
Jane Easterly, Galesburg Public Library
Veyshon Edmond, Chicago Public Library
Cheryl Goza-Smith, Illinois State Library
Angela Green, Alliance Library System
Karen Hansen, Morton Grove Public Library
Maggie Hommel, Park Ridge Public Library
Heather Jagman, DePaul University
Patrice Johnson, Chicago Public Library
Paul Keith, Chicago Public Library
Richard Kong, Skokie Public Library
Annette Mills, Triad High School
Lisa Morrison-Korajczyk, Steger/South Chicago Heights Public Library
Douglas Orlyk, Bensenville Community Public Library District
Amy Peterson, Schaumburg Township District Library
Kathy Ruck, Melzer Elementary School
Kuntala (Tuki) Sathaye, Itasca Community Library
Laurie Sauer, Knox College Library
Carol Schrey, Franklin Grove Public Library
Cason Snow, Founders Memorial Library
Diane Srebro, Orland Park Public Library
Lynne Thomas, Founders Memorial Library 402A
Dianna Wiggins, Global Consumer & Business Insights Information Center
Alissa Williams, Pekin Public Library
Harriett Zipfel, Belleville Public Library

Thursday, January 31, 2008

Terrific Topics at Dominican University

Dominican University GSLIS is offering a terrific series of lectures on the theme of Emerging Library Leaders for the 21st Century. From January through April, topics include grant writing, advocacy, leadership skills, and more. And the speaker line up is terrific: John Berry (LJ Editor), Kathryn Deiss (ACRL/ALA), Emily Sheketoff (ALA Washington Office), and more!

Additionally, two major annual lectures are also on offer this Spring. The 2008 Follett Lecture on the importance of libraries in the life of young children is coming up on February 6; the current Follett Chair (and lecturer on the 6th) is Steve Herb, former president of ALSC. On April 16, Rosalind Picard, MIT Media Lab, will present the 2008 Lazerow Lecture on technology and emotional intelligence.

Check out the GSLIS News & Events page for more information.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Synergists nominated for positions on ILA board

The nominating committee of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) has named eight candidates for the four directors-at-large positions on the Board of Directors; five of the eight candidates are Synergy alums:

Betsy Adamowski, Itasca Community Library (2005)
Diana Brawley-Sussman, Southern Illinois Talking Book Center-(2002)
Terry Cottrell, University of St. Francis Library (2006)
Amy Falasz-Peterson, Fondulac District Library (2002)
Ted Schwitzner, Illinois State University (2003)

Be sure to congratulate your fellow Synergists on being selected to run for office. And, ILA Members, be sure to vote between April 1 - 30, 2008.

For more information, see page 26 of the February 2008 issue of The ILA Reporter (which also has a cover story by Synergy mentor, Jane Chamberlain of the Bloomington Public Library!)

Saturday, January 12, 2008

OCLC Leadership Symposium / PLA Blog / Libraries as Third Spaces

Hi, all....

I think Synergists will be interested in the postings from the OCLC Leadership Symposium; the first day's notes can be found on the PLA blog.

Here's one tasty morsel to whet your appetite:

A library’s mission is not about books–never was. But it’s also not about information. It is about people connecting people to resources of all kinds needed for learning and critical thinking and (hopefully) knowledge. from a presentation by Dr. Rush Miller, author of Beyond Survival: Managing Academic Libraries in Transition

This reminded me of two of my favorite ideas/comments about libraries (NOT from PLA blog/OCLC symposium)

Libraries are about transformation...not information -- paraphrase -- Omar Wasow, tech guru and founder of BlackPlanet.net, has spoken on this topic at many library conferences. I first heard the quote in a presentation at ILA 2006 by George Needham of OCLC.

Mary Dempsey (commissioner of the Chicago Public Library) is not in the library business; she is in the Chicago business -- paraphrase - Joey Rodger, then head of the Urban Libraries Council, said this at the CPL 2003 Scholars in Residence program commenting on how Comm. Dempsey ensures that CPL is a contributing member in every important discussion in the city.

Melissa Henderson, Synergy 2006