Sunday, September 18, 2016

Leadership Challenge #3

LdC Template

Module 5 Ldc reflection on provocative question #3

Provocative Question #3 (LdC)
How can I positively influence my CoP through participation in “broader configurations of networks”?

When I think of networks, I think of communities of learning, that is networked learning. I use CoPs as a way to learn from others and open my eyes to different possibilities. It also allows for the sharing of resources that would not have occurred previously. Networks and CoPs are not necessarily one in the same, but networks may give us something that CoPs cannot. Diversity. This is necessary for that expansion of worlds, see how we relate to one another. When I participate in larger networks, I am able to help drive the community and conversations forward. I cannot just attend or be a wallflower in the CoPs since that does not positively influence, but more so will inhibit the flow of ideas.

Reflect on module 3 LdC Step 1 – Prepare for an online conversation

Copy and paste the matrix of quotes/ideas that you developed for the Module 5 LdC Provocative Question #3 and upon which you implemented your Leadership Challenge (LdC).

Quote/ideas from the book; applications/instances from your workplace setting
Page number
 Participation as both action and connection - need to have both to have participation
page 55 
Reification - to treat (an abstraction) as substantially existing, or a concrete material object - relating back to networks, not necessarily CoPs (broader than CoPs)
 page 58
Leadership hierarchies can inhibit the process and benefits of CoPs 
pages 261-262 
 Ownership of meaning - making the meaning/object an extension of ourselves - leading to leadership
page 200 
This example is more for this upcoming week. I am meeting with a couple of students to try to get them to have more ownership over their work, to keep them engaged in the class. They are freshman and have not met deadlines on a consistent basis or attend class most days. I am wanting to talk to them to see what is going on and to see if there are ways to get them connected with other students, their peers in the program, to help keep them motivated.
 The Public Health Student Association met a couple of weeks ago and they are planning their first event. (I am the faculty advisor.) I am working with them on ways to promote the public health messages important to them and how to bring in speakers that will help expose them to new ideas around public health (participation as action and connection).

Reflect on module 3 LdC Step 2 – hold an online conversation

Copy and paste your notes from your on-line conversation from Module 5 LdC and upon which you implemented your Leadership Challenge (LdC).
p 234 - in process of learning, community must have access to other practices. William reached out to an economist for part of his leadership challenge, having input from outside the CoP is helpful to address PoP fully; "Professional Tunnel Vision" - we get stuck in our practices and do not look outside for expertise which could be helpful, including outside voices, add to community discourse

p 234 - every practice is hostage to its own past. She reached out to other types of schools to see if they're seeing the same concerns as she sees, including those within her school for those new to the school. Satisfaction of life - other mental health areas; focus on locus of control. They are seeing it...what are they doing to move people into a new frame of thought, keeping them focused and moving forward. If we stay in the same place as where we have been, we are not going to move forward (move beyond what we have always done)

p 256 - carefully managing prevent the deepening of communities from evolving into fractioning - new opportunities for learning instead, interdepartmental conversations, talk to others who still have stakes (stakeholders) in the community. His goal is to connect the trainers with their clients...different discussions on training and education, realize that our learning and development is more than our little box

p 245 - institution of practice cannot merge because they are different entities, relation between them are negotiating alignment, must constantly be changed and negotiated. He has worked with the college institution and corporate institution. How to streamline all of these things and process them of his team in a start up environment, how do you not stress people out by overwhelming people. We have to look at the desired outcome and work on how to do that (the steps and processes), keeping the people in mind who are carrying it out

p 276 - important function of educational design is to maximize rather than avoid corrections among generations that interlock histories. Taking what is already there and embracing it and giving it its due justice. Embrace the previous generations, understand but also embrace the other layers that are involved in our CoP (the other broader configurations, networks) and what they bring to the table

How to keep the "us" and "them" out of the conversation

Being more intentional for our processes rather than just the outcome (the goal). How to work together intentionally and work together

Reflect on module 5 LDC Step 3 – determine your leadership challenge

Expand your social network to include knowledgeable individuals beyond your workplace setting. Find 10-3 others not in your institution, who have a similar problem as yours. Establish a dialogue with them whereby you compare situations and learn from one another's experiences.
Submit the channel you used to connect (Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Alerts, discussion boards, email, phone call, etc.), who you connected with (a group or individuals), and a summary of your interactions thus far.
I have emailed three people each from a different institute. I have not heard anything back from them (yet). I have established contact with them previously through AzPHA and know that they are active members within academia and public health in Arizona.
Kim Bentley - Central Arizona College, Faculty
Kim Barnes - University of Arizona, Faculty
Holly Orozco - Director of Public Health Programs

Update 09/20/2016: I have heard back from two of the people I reached out to. Kim Barnes asked for more information as far as what I am researching. Holly Orozco did as well and offered some things to think about as I approach the topic. In particular, making sure that I keep my research on novel ideas to improve the body of research. I was a bit shocked in one way because she asked what SES stood for. This is something I was not expected since she has been working on public health for many years and this is a very common term. Then again, it was a good learning experience not to assume that others are familiar with the same things. Assumptions is how you can get into trouble with communication (or the lack thereof!).

Update 09/26/2016: I have heard back from everyone now. We started some preliminary discussion about perceived concerns for students and retention. I did have some difficulty with one person as every time someone put forth and idea, this person kept knocking everyone down, stating that their idea was fine but could be better. The environment has turned negative.  


Reflect on module 5 ldc Step 4 – assess and reflect on your leadership challenge

Some prompts to help the juices flow, but it is not mandatory that you use any/all of these:

·         Was your behavioral change supported by CoP theory? Explain.

·         Was this change really a challenge for you? Why?  (cont. next page)

·         Did you “Lean In” for this challenge? How far? Could you have leaned further? If so, why did you hold back?

·         Did your behavioral change trigger changes in response from others? Was it a positive or a negative response? Why do you think this is so?

·         What do you think would happen if you sustained this behavioral change over time? Why do you think this is so?

·         What would Wenger say?


Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Leadership Challenge #2

LdC Template

Module 1 ldc Steps 1, 2 and 3 on provocative question #1

Provocative Question #1 (LdC)
When/why do I hold back from participating? When/Why do I commit to solving problems by myself?

I find myself holding back from participating for three reasons. The first is typically when I am feeling overwhelmed, such as I feel currently, and do not want to add to my responsibilities. The other is if I feel like the additional work would not be appreciated. The third is if I do not feel that the work is sound. This could be groups, programs, or other initiatives. Sometimes I feel like things can be a waste of time.

I find that I have a difficult time give out work, ie delegating. Sometimes it feels and is easier to do it myself than have others do it. The amount of time it takes to explain what is needed often is more than the actual project itself. I have had unfortunately bad experiences of people not following through as well. This lack of trust leads me to not want to give out work when I will be ultimately responsible for it.

Step 1. Prepare for an on-line Conversation

Quote/ideas from the book; applications/instances from your workplace setting
Page number
I am feeling a bit overwhelmed this past couple of weeks between school, work, and family. I am trying to balance it all and am finding this very difficult. I am not participating and volunteering in opportunities at work like I normally do because I am not wanting to add more to it.
 I am on the board of AzPHA and am the chair of the Professional Development & Academic Relations Committee. We had our monthly meeting this morning. I found myself assigning some things to others in order to not have to do them myself. These were more simple tasks such as finding the next social event location (name a restaurant with a decent happy hour). I tasked myself with running an analysis on our mentoring pilot program in order to do QI.
 Participation in social communities shapes our experiences and it also shapes those communities; the transformative potential goes both ways.
pages 56-57
It is a part of who they are that they always carry with them and that will surface...
page 57
 Concept of identity in terms of social norms...
page 146
The politics of participation include influence, personal authority, nepotism, rampant discrimination, charisma, trust, friendship, ambition
page 91

 Wenger, E. (1998). Communities of practice: Learning, meaning and identity. New York, New York: Cambridge University Press.

Step 2. Hold an on-line Conversation

After participating/viewing the “fishbowl” conversation record notes here (below) about your responses to your peers or new thoughts based on their postings.  Be certain your notes here are comprehensive, as were your responses to peers. (If you participate as a “fish,” in the fishbowl your notes, which should be entered below, can be much more succinct.) (This space expands to accommodate your writing.)
We can only be in one place at a time, finite hours in a day.
Online teaching - difficulty to develop a community. Being far away geographically, it is  difficult to participate.
If she can solve a problem by herself, relating to her classes and students, not needing additional advice, she will. She will reach out if she needs it however.
Ch. 2 CoP can be a strength and or weakness. Cradle of self and potential cage of the soul. If she does not feel like she is needed or necessary, she'll back off. She feels like she can do it better.
p 170 - non participation as a strategy - freedom to not participate, passive disagreeing; you'll have some who check out at the end of the day, some who carry it with them after work hours; level of ownership can vary. Need to engage your employees and get them excited. Note, look up varying TED talks about that topic.
Participation shapes who we are and what we do. What matters in learning, we are social beings, knowing is participating. Opinions being undervalued being linked to lack of engagement and participation.
p 191 - modes of belong become part of identities, participatory process, different CoPs change identities. If you don't have access to your CoP members readily available, he feels more confident in tackling the problems, go at it along.
Our IDs .... what we are and what we are not; what we are not can come into a larger part of defining an identity; can be positive or negative; able to quickly assess topics quickly when looking at commonalities, adverse impacts
When do you leave a CoP? Is it not participating, would one still be part of it just through knowledge
It is important to bring skill sets from other disciplines; good to maintain connections and relationships, cross over

Step 3. Determine your Leadership Challenge

Based on your own quotes/ideas from Wenger, your workplace experiences, and new insights you developed as you reflected on your peers’ work, what behavior do you want to experiment with/try out for your leadership challenge in the next few days? (Write one sentence.)
 I want to try out a simple survey, perhaps two or three questions, to give informally to my students to see how they participate in social settings and how they identify from there.

Step 4. Implement and Reflect

First update 09/13/2016: I have created a survey on surveymonkey and send it off for approval from my director. I am wanting to send it out to my students, as well as put it out on the email distribution list for all public health undergraduates. I asked simple questions about their major (make sure I have all public health students), class standing, if they participate in any ASU sponsored clubs/organizations (if so, which ones, if not, why not), and if they enjoy participating and speaking up in classes. Since I am thinking about my intervention, I did include a question on what their plans are after graduation, including if they will be going to graduate school in public health, another field, medical school, or no plans for additional education. If they select no future plans, I asked why. I am hoping to incorporate their responses into a way to address their needs. This of course is completely informal and will not be used in my action research in any publishable manner.

Second update 09/13/2016: The survey has been sent out!

Third update 09/15/2016: So far the survey has gotten 16 responses, with 15 being public health majors. One is a political science major. I am not sure how they got the link to take the survey, but I can control for that data. Since there are 39 students in the problem, and 15 have responded so far, I am pleased with the turnout. 9/16 students participate in various ASU clubs/organizations, five being in the Public Health Student Association. All respondents listed not having enough time between work and school for not participating with the exception of one person who stated as being a non-traditional student, he/she did not feel welcomed. It was a mix response for those who enjoy or do not enjoy participating and speaking up in class. One stated that the classes are too boring and another that there were too many kids. Those who did enjoy it stated that if it helps to understand the material and they enjoyed sharing their opinions.

For those responding about graduate school plans, eight planned on going to graduate school in public health, three to medical school, one to graduate school in a different field, and one wants to go to the peace corps prior to graduate school. Of those responding that they will not go on for further education stated that financial constraints were their number on reason, one person wanted to take time off between undergraduate and graduate programs, and one feels burnt out on school.

These responses so far mirror what I had been thinking all along. I am surprised that there are so many who plan on going onto graduate school. Most of those responding in the affirmative are also freshman, so it would be interesting to see if their perspectives changes as time goes on. That is, as the realities of education costs set in (especially after four years of undergraduate), if they still are wanting to go on to school.