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
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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:

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

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
     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. 

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.