02 May Final Thoughts Before Graduation…
Final thoughts from UMass Dartmouth before my graduation in a few weeks:
What I have learned form this Organizational Leadership Program and from John Kotter, who I am connected with on LinkedIn now, is that it takes us all to grow and change together. Without people being engaged in the organization or processes, the change is dead in the water before it even starts. To me, communication and change go hand-in-hand. With a Bachelors in Business Administration, a Masters in Human Resources/Employee Relations, and now a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Leadership, in a few weeks from UMass Dartmouth; I have learned that ideas are wonderful if the message is delivered effectively to the group or organization. The truth is that plans do not fail because of a good or bad idea. Rather, they fail because the planning, execution, and application are sub par.
I want to be better than that. I want to be a leader who is about action and trusting others to invest in the idea or change plans we are investing valuable resources and time into. People are the heart and soul of change. Without change we will be stuck in the past and new advancements in medicine, technology, and production would be nonexistence. We need change! We need to know how to induce change effectively as change agents. The people around us are some of the brightest and best change agents we know.
As leaders we have to trust others and know that they have information that is equally beneficial to us all. One man or woman cannot move a mountain, but groups of dedicated people are unstoppable. I plan on pursuing a Ph.D. in either Behavioral Psychology or Industrial-Organizational (I-O) Psychology next fall and I am looking forward to the challenges and rewards that follow. The education I have received has been instrumental to improving my life and more importantly improving the lives of others in every way that I can. It is not what we know; it is what we do with what we know. That is the key to both our life and the future successes for those we are charged to develop around us, as the bona fide leaders we strive to be and become everyday.