I am pleased to share this wonderful, detailed report from Professor George Sharp about using the Transformations decks in the doctoral program in Organizational Leadership.
I received very positive feedback from a number of graduate students about the use of the cards. It was an extremely powerful class.”
“I am a professor in an Ed.D. program in Organizational Leadership at Stockton University. We had our first class for the Spring 2017 semester this past Friday and Saturday. This marks one year since we launched the program in January 2016. At this time, we have opened two interdisciplinary cohorts, each with 23 leaders representing business, education, health care, government agencies, not-for-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.
Much of our program is based upon research conducted at the Center for Creative Leadership. We have integrated a vertical leadership perspective and reflection into each course in the program. We are striving for a balance between horizontal leadership development and vertical leadership development, hence my interest in the Transformation cards.
Transformations Activities Instructions
This past weekend, I engaged the 23 leaders in the first cohort in a six-hour adventure involving the Transformation and Catalyst cards I purchased from the Center for Creative Leadership. It was the first time they were introduced to the cards.
Based upon the feedback, it is apparent that my challenge now is to create several new reflective adventures to reinforce and expand their understanding as they continue their respective growth journey’s.
In the slide show, you will find a description of the three activities we used in our class with the Transformation cards. You will also find five attachments representing the ‘past, present, and future’ time horizons addressed in Activity II. The fuller scope of the activity also included development of a personal leadership story board (on flip chart sheets) as well as the creation of an overarching 10-word story reflecting their leadership growth journey. Integrated together, it was an extremely powerful class.
About George Sharp:
I am a retired superintendent of schools, and for the past six years, I have served as a professor at Stockton University in Southern New Jersey. I currently teach in an interdisciplinary doctoral program – an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership – which we created several years ago partly based upon a variety of CCL white papers and research articles.