Message #416: From: AzTeC SW Archaeology SIG To: "'Matthias Giessler'" Subject: Environmental Leadership Course at SI/MAB Date: Sun, 22 Dec 1996 15:10:03 -0700 Encoding: MIME-Version: 1.0 http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/ripley/simab/biodiv.htm#course Course Information At A Glance Dates and Cost: SI/MAB's Environmental Leadership Course: March 2 - March 21, 1997 (3 weeks) US$2500.00 May 11 - June 13, 1997 (5 weeks) US$4000.00 Location: The Smithsonian Conservation and Research Center Front Royal Virginia, USA. For each of these courses, the cost covers food, lodging, local transportation, books, materials, and use of field and lab equipment. The cost does not cover airfare to and from the courses or personal expenses. Fill out and send the application form on page 5 to: Christopher Ros, SI/MAB Biodiversity Program, 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW, Suite 3123, Washington, DC 20560, USA (FAX: 202-786-2557; E-Mail: email@example.com). http://www.si.edu/organiza/museums/ripley/simab/biodiv.htm#application application SI/MAB's Environmental Leadership Course: From Ideas to Reality "Leadership is creating a world to which people want to belong" Gilles Pajou The Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Course examines many of the essential skills and tools that are required to bring positive change and "create a world [environment] to which people want to belong" - the skills and tools of "visionary leadership". The process involves self exploration and discovery as well as interacting with others. A creative leader can form and clarify vision, transform dreams into actions, and engage and empower associates to meet goals making a shared mission reality. Paucity of scientific expertise is typically not a component of failed environmental programs. Projects often support personnel highly skilled in the technical aspects of environmental problem solving. Yet many programs intending to address biodiversity conservation, environmental policy development and implementation, and adaptive management of natural and cultural resources fall short of the mission.... Where are the champions? Creative leadership is what these programs are fundamentally without. The Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Course is designed to create "Project Champions" - people who can set achievable goals, enlist the support of key players and attain other resources, facilitate communication and team spirit, direct timing of goal achievement, and continuously forge progress. You can be a creative leader ... your program's champion. The skills and tools presented in the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership Course are modeled from, and inspired by, effective leaders and managers worldwide. They range from planning and problem solving, to communicating effectively and establishing rapport. You"Il learn how to: Build qualities characteristic of effective leadership within yourself Explore and enrich personal leadership styles Enhance personal effectiveness in communication and management Develop, enhance and maintain personal excellence Develop natural leadership abilities through identification of vision and mission Recognize and address thinking and personal styles Understand and manage beliefs and belief systems Surmount cultural presuppositions, organizational ecology, and other systematic issues Give effective feedback. Leaders learn by example and experience. At the Smithsonian Environmental Leadership course you won't be sitting through long hours of lectures on "what is effective leadership". An exceptional selection of multi-disciplinary leaders will make presentations throughout the course; they will share "their stories" and address your questions regarding how they attained leadership. Facilitators will introduce exercises in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect ... you will challenge yourself and other participants to explore and practice the elements of creative leadership. You'll be a different person when you return home - more confident, prepared, and effective in all aspects of your life. You'll be part of an every growing team and support network - course speakers, facilitators, and alumni - dedicated to creating a more inviting world. If Pajou's definition is correct, you, as an environmental champion, have an important and challenging task. Creating an environment that is safer, healthier and more enduring takes vision and the ability to motivate and empower others to share in that vision. Progress toward your goal today. Your learning experience will take place at the Smithsonian's Conservation and Research Center, nestled in the beautiful, serene foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The facility is situated on 3,150 rural acres bordering Shenandoah National park, 60 miles west of Washington, DC. During scheduled course breaks, you will be able to explore the city and the wilderness. COURSE LEADERS Francisco Dallmeier, Ph.D. Director of the Smithsonian/MAB Biodiversity Program. He has experience conducting research and training programs in 22 countries. Leslie Wildesen, Ph.D. and Jeanne Crouch, M.S., Co-directors of Environmental Training and Consulting International, Inc. (ETCI), have many years of international experience as consultants to a variety of private businesses and government organizations. A select number of recognized leaders in environmental and other fields will be chosen as speakers for the course.