People's Task Force PEL Project on Performance Management and Career Mobility. Left to right: Teika Pakalns, Tim Hoaglund, Jan Williams, Gina Baas, Kathryn Johnson.
Emerging leaders forge ahead in strategic areas
2005-06 teams report results
By Deb Stull Erickson
Brief, June 28, 2006
Over 200 people gathered at the Campus Club on the Twin Cities campus June 19 to recognize the accomplishments of the 2005-06 President's Emerging Leaders (PEL). The graduation ceremony also included a remembrance of three PEL participants who passed away this year: Tony Diggs, Ann Kranz, and Javier Silva-Biotti (see box, below right).
Celebrating its fifth year, the PEL program provides leadership development opportunities for high potential academic professional and administrative (P&A), civil service, and bargaining unit staff. The program features educational and experiential components and promotes skill development to enhance leadership effectiveness.
The 2005-06 project teams were unique in that they focused on issues identified in the strategic positioning process, says PEL coordinator Beth Zemsky.
Two PEL alumni and a 2005-06 participant who died this year were honored at the June 19 event. Memorials are posted as PDFs on the PEL Web site.
Tony Diggs, Student Activities Office, PEL 2001-02
Ann Kranz, Minnesota Center Against Violence and Abuse, PEL 2004-05
Javier Silva-Biotti, Academic Health Center, PEL 2005-06
"The goal of PEL projects is to enhance the emerging leaders' understanding of complex issues by engaging them in strategic issues facing the University," says Zemsky. "This year's projects were especially complex because they were tied to administrative strategic positioning task forces. As the University moves towards its goal of being a top-three public research institution, these projects will continue to have an impact on the future direction of service and administrative improvements."
Final reports and copies of the teams' poster presentations are posted on the PEL Web site.
Organizational Transformation Models and Benchmarking Research Project. Sponsor: Kathleen O'Brien, vice president for university services. Team members: Pamela Flash, Jill Froehlich, Stephanie Helgeson, and John T. Jensen III. Project summary.
Top: Organizational Transformation Models and Benchmarking Research Project. Left to right: Jill Froehlich, John Jensen, Stephanie Helgeson, Pamela Flash. Bottom: Administrative Services Task Force: Electronic Communications With Students Study. Left to right: Heather Powell, Beth Koepke, Maria Vuldjeva, Bob Utke; missing: Renee Fawcett.
Administrative Services Task Force: Electronic Communications with Students Study. Sponsor: Jerry Rinehart, vice provost for student affairs. Team members: Renee Fawcett, Beth Koepke, Heather Powell, Bob Utke, and Maria Vuldjeva. Project summary.
Administrative Services Task Force: Hours of Operation Study. Sponsor: Jerry Rinehart, vice provost for student affairs. Team members: Amy Brewster, Jennifer Mein, Valerie Stedman, Dan Sward, and Lori Ann Vicich. Project summary.
People's Task Force PEL Project Focusing on Performance Management and Career Mobility. Sponsor: Carol Carrier, vice president for human resources. Team members: Gina Baas, Tim Hoaglund, Kathryn Johnson, Teika Pakalns, and Jan Williams. Project summary.
Transforming the University Culture. Sponsor: Linda Thrane, vice president for university relations. Team members: Kari Branjord, Erin George, Twila Jensen, Emily Johnston, and Shelley Carthen Watson. Project summary.
Top: Administrative Services Task Force: Hours of Operation Study. Left to right: Amy Brewster, Lori Ann Vicich, Dan Sward, Valerie Stedman, Jennifer Mein. Bottom: Transforming the University Culture. Left to right: Erin George, Emily Johnston, Twila Jensen, Kari Branjord, Shelley Carthen Watson.
PEL participants for the coming year were announced in May. Projects are expected to be named early this fall. Timing will be contingent upon when the next wave of projects from the strategic positioning process are identified. See the list of participants at 2006-07 Program.
PEL goals and competenciesThe primary goals of PEL are to identify, prepare, and support new leadership within the University; to create a larger pool of candidates to fill open positions and leadership assignments; and to create an organizational expectation whereby all administrators assume responsibility for identifying and nurturing potential leaders.
Some sample competencies that the program intends to nurture in participants are:
- ability to present ideas forcefully and persuasively
- ability to influence the service culture of one's own organization to promote the University agenda for providing great service
- ability to tap the talents and expertise of staff from a range of University units and operations to deliver higher quality outcomes than result from working within "silos"
- ability to foster a healthy workplace environment that seeks and values diversity
- ability to leverage technologies in creative ways to meet business needs
- ability to contribute to successful completion of complex projects involving multiple constituent groups and multiple outcomes
Deb Stull Erickson is a communications project manager, Office of Human Resources Communications.