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Imagine 2023 Leadership Training

Imagine 2023 Training

SDState leadership launched a training series during the summer of 2018 that was for deans, department heads and directors to operationalize the Imagine 2023 strategic plan for the university. The training series was designed to infuse Imagine 2023 core values and goals and strategies into the inner workings of the university to facilitate achievement of its collective vision.

The Imagine 2023 training series provided tools for supervisors that:

  • INSPIRES Strategic Leadership
  • MOTIVATES Strategic Business Management
  • ALIGNS Operations with Imagine 2023
  • GENERATES Strategic Enthusiasm
  • INFUSES Imagine 2023 Core Values and Creates Clarity
  • NAVIGATES Controlling Provisions for Optimized Deployment
  • ENERGIZES Strategic Responsibility and Accountability

The training sessions were:

1. Infusing Core Values and Creating Clarity

All great performance begins with clear expectations and goals. Without these, employees and their supervisors seldom reach their greatest potential. In this session, participants will learn methods, techniques and practical “how-to”s for aligning with and furthering the university’s Imagine 2023 Core Values, establishing strategically aligned expectations, setting boundaries and providing clearly understood and university-aligned strategic goals. Some specific topics to be reviewed include: creating Core Values infused SMART goals; expectations, ownership and accountability; reinforcing and leveraging the university brand; and communication best practices. 

Presenters: Lindsey Hamlin, Karyn Weber, Ryan Knutson, Justin Sell, Mike Lockrem 


2. Strategic Leadership Essentials

Higher education is facing complex organizational challenges that require strategic, adaptive and agile leaders. In this session, managers will master core leadership concepts and continue to build key skills in several subject areas, including: collaborative leadership and motivation; university-aligned strategies; fostering innovation; enabling academic freedom; effective leadership communication; team building; change management; effective community outreach; and facilitating effective meetings. Attendees would also be taught how to effectively reach people and create a stronger sense of “we” within their respective areas. 

Presenters: Becky Degen, Jana Hanson, Teresa Hall, Jill Thorngren, Karla Trautman 


3. Strategic Supervision: The Nuts and Bolts of Managing Employees 

Aligning the management of employees with Imagine 2023 Core Values and Strategic Goals is critical to the success of employees and the university. Supervisors are responsible for implementing strategic employment duties, goals and actions that hold employees accountable for the performance of their employment duties. This session will focus on maximizing employee effectiveness and will provide supervisors tools for the strategic management of employees in three parts: (1) recruitment/onboarding, including pool/selection diversity and writing effective position descriptions; (2) maximizing performance (i.e. setting expectations and enforcing them); and (3) accountability and compliance. Presenters at this session will share experiences and provide concrete examples vital to this session. 

Presenters: Michaela Willis, Marc Serrett, Sam Jennings, Wendy Cradduck, Nicole Lounsbery 


4. Strategic Management: Excellence in the Business of the University

Gain the critical knowledge and tools you need to make smarter business decisions for the university. To succeed, university leaders need to understand what information is required and the applicable rules to inform the best possible decisions. This session will first provide a general overview as to how the university is operated, as well as overviews of UBOC and RCM. It will then explore the basic architecture of rules applicable at the university to inform managers including: ethics and integrity; internal controls; contract efficiency and effectiveness; grants; facilities; purchasing and accounts payable; budget processes; exploring revenue streams that properly align with university priorities; data-informed decision making; and tactics for review of current departmental practices to align with Imagine 2023 strategic goals.

Presenters: Joe Santos, Karen Jastram, Mike Adelaine, Derek Peterson, Mike Holbeck 


5. Enhancing the Student Experience and Driving Student Success

Access to teaching, research and outreach is critical to the mission of the university. To increase enrollment, retention and completion as well as promote a safe, challenging and fulfilling university experience, leaders will be knowledgeable of applicable policies, procedures and programs. This session will cover general issues surrounding students at the university and tools to help drive student success, including: recruitment and retention; admission, progression and completion; students building relationships across campus; demystifying academic policies and procedures (e.g., student conduct and freedom of expression); co-curricular activities and engagement leading to student success; identity-based student populations; and people-centered philosophies to best serve our continually changing student body. 

Presenters: Mary Kay Helling, Teresa Seefeldt, Shawn Helmbolt, Todd Stricherz, Dmitry Suspitsyn, Bill Gibbons, Sam Jennings


6. Mandatory Trainings: (Ongoing) 

Supervisors set the tone of their department and should be aware of the general policies and procedures applicable to the activities of the university. Supervisors should attend Emergency Management, EO/Title IX, Conflicts of Interest, Research Integrity, Information Technology, Supervisory, and other mandatory or nonmandatory training tools provided on campus. Supervisors will be held accountable for said attendance and should require the attendance of employees within their supervisory control as appropriate for their job duties.