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Detailed Description for Leadership Intensives (LI) Course

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Purpose of Leadership Intensives:

Two day course to deliver effective leadership experiences to a large population of the USGS as we continue to create a leadership-centered culture to further scientific excellence.

Course Objectives:

  • Build leadership to further scientific excellence
  • Empower people to be leaders in their own offices and to further perpetuate the leadership-centered culture at USGS
  • Gather information and insight to improve the training and Leadership Program
  • Provide continuous sampling data on organizational leadership processes and challenges
  • More fully integrate the Guiding Principles within USGS
  • Understand the links between science and leadership

Course Content (Reference Agenda Below):

  • Program was specially designed, with some components from L101 and L201
  • Interactive sessions covering leadership and management, principled leadership, team exercise, purpose, storytelling as a leadership tool, mentoring, and courage

Nomination Process for Leadership Intensives (LI):

  • A letter is sent from the Leadership Program Manager (LPM) to the Area Regional Executives (RExs) and the Deputy Director in July of each year asking for nominations to attend the Leadership Intensive classes being held in the upcoming Fiscal Year.
  • Criteria for Choosing LI Candidates
    • Candidates may be from either the supervisory or non-supervisory ranks. The following criteria should be considered for each nominee:
      • Possess a strong desire to build leadership for the purposes of furthering scientific excellence.
      • A natural tendency to highlight where the Guiding Principles already exist, and innovatively finds ways to expand the principles even further throughout their daily actions.
      • Have a knack for empowering others to be leaders within their own office/centers and for perpetuating a leadership-centered culture throughout the Survey.
      • A willingness to participate in the classroom experience, including but not limited to the sharing of professional skills and personal insights to improve the overall training.
  • Who is Chosen/Can Attend
    • The class is open to all interested USGS employees; all grade levels, all disciplines, all Areas and Headquarters alike.
  • How Many Classes are Held/How Many Participants Are Chosen
    • Based on input from the RExs and the Deputy Director, classes are set up around the country each fiscal year.
    • The RExs and the Deputy Director will select 26 primary candidates to participate in each class.
    • Additional names may be provided as backup candidates for each course. A “backup candidate” may be contacted as a replacement, in the event that any of the 26 primary nominated participants become unable to attend.
  • Note: “Backup candidates” are reselected each year, as part of that Fiscal Year’s nomination process.
  • Cost
    • The Leadership Program will incur the cost for instructors, coaches, and materials.
    • The participants’ cost centers will incur the cost for participant’s travel, lodging, and training space/enrollment (tuition).
    • Tuition costs $600 per participant.
  • What to do if you are interested in being nominated to attend a Leadership Intensive training:
    • Communicate your interest to your Supervisor.
    • Each Area and Headquarters has their own process once the letter from the LPM is sent to the RExs and the Deputy Director.
    • If you were nominated by your Supervisor but were not contacted by the LPM in November, then check with your Supervisor or respectively your REx/the Deputy Director (if you are a Headquarters candidate) to inquire of your nomination status.

If you were nominated but not selected this year, notify your Supervisor of your continuing interest, and communicate your sustained desire to be put in for the Call for Nominations during the next Fiscal Year.

Scheduled Courses for FY 2014

Visit the Scheduled Leadership Courses page for current information.

Leadership Intensives Agenda

Day 1
8:00 a.m. - 8:15 a.m.
  Opening Remarks Senior Manager
8:15 a.m. - 9:50 a.m.
Introduction
10:00 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Break
9:40 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
Leadership and Management
11:15 a.m. - 11:25 a.m.
Break
11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Principled Leadership
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Lunch
1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Team Exercise
2:00 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Principled Leadership
3:05 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Break
3:20 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.
Purpose
4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wrap Up Exercise
Day 2
8:00 a.m. - 8:25 a.m.
  Introductory comments and review
8:25 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Story as a Leadership Tool
9:40 a.m. - 9:55 a.m.
Break
9:55 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Story as a Leadership Tool
11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Lunch
12:20 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
Mentoring
1:45 p.m. - 1:55 p.m.
Break
1:55 p.m. - 3:10 p.m.
Courage
3:10 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Break
3:20 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.
Closure—Reflecting Circles
4:50 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wrap Up, Summary and Evaluations



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