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Spring 2023 Schedule

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Anatomy of a Strategy

February 21 | 1:00–2:30 p.m.


Presented by Jacob Hahn, internal consultant, Office of Strategic Consulting

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Content level: intermediate

For any organization, a thoughtful and well-developed strategy or strategic plan tells the story of what the organization is or wants to be, where it is going, how it is going to get there, and how it will make choices among competing priorities. The concept of and most frameworks for strategy development and strategic planning come from the world of business. To maximize strategy development and strategic planning in higher education, we must adapt existing concepts and frameworks from the business world to fit with our mission, unique culture, and way of doing the work.

In this session, attendees discovered what strategy development and strategic planning are (and are not), explored strategy elements, discussed options for including internal and external voices in your planning efforts, and learned how to avoid missteps in implementing and executing a developed strategy.

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Navigating Unchartered Waters: Building Leadership Capacity and Resilience

March 22 | 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.


Presented by Raffaele (Ralph) Gigliotti, assistant vice president, Strategic Programs Office of University Strategy and director, Rutgers Center for Organizational Leadership; Sonia Alvarez-Robinson, associate vice president of strategy and organizational effectiveness, Office of Strategic Consulting, Georgia Tech University; and Jenny Faust, chief consulting officer, University of Michigan

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Content level: intermediate

As a result of the myriad of social, health, and economic challenges over the last few years, there is a growing recognition of the need for increased leadership capacity at all levels of higher education.

In this panel discussion, we will explore how higher education institutions are equipping leaders to effectively lead others through adversity and change. The examples and cases introduced in this discussion will highlight the importance of aligning leadership development with institutional strategy, providing a roadmap to bolster leadership competence, and cultivating individual and collective habits of resilience in navigating ongoing periods of disruption.

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Strengthening a Culture of Innovation at UW–Madison

April 5 | 1:00-2:00 p.m.


Presented by Abram Becker, innovation and commercialization specialist, Discovery to Product

Content level: introductory

Central to the university’s core mission is a commitment to the Wisconsin Idea, which states that what we do here at UW–Madison should enhance the lives of every person in the state of Wisconsin, as well as around the nation and the world. Put differently, the Wisconsin Idea is the belief that the wealth of knowledge and research at the University of Wisconsin should be utilized to improve people’s lives across the state, the country, and the world. Living the Wisconsin Idea is one of the core strategic priorities in UW–Madison’s 2020-2025 Strategic Framework.

In this session, we’ll explore how we can work individually to foster an innovation mindset and how we can work collectively to help build and strengthen a culture of mindful innovation, all to support and further our efforts to advance the Wisconsin Idea.

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Maximizing Your Impact on a Project without Direct Authority

May 9 | 10:00–11:00 a.m.

In person: H.F. DeLuca Forum, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

Presented by Jo Carter, AIP initiatives lead, Administration Innovation and Planning

Content level: introductory

Often, you may find yourself involved in a project where you are working with others from different campus units and/or at different levels of the organization. You are likely on the project because of your expertise in a particular area. So how do you influence those over whom you have no direct authority—and in some cases have a higher level of authority than you— so that your expertise is leveraged to its fullest potential (and offers the maximum benefit to the project)?

In this session, you will learn strategies for effectively navigating team and organizational dynamics in a way that allows you to exert the greatest influence. This will be explored from the point of view of a project manager, but the lessons can be applied more broadly.


Ignite Miniseries

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Presented by Mathew Roosa, licensed clinical social worker-psychotherapy and NIATx subject matter expert, UW Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies

Navigating Your Process Improvement Journey: Tools to Keep Your Team on Course

This spring’s Ignite series once again features a special miniseries. In fall of 2022, miniseries participants explored process improvement tools of the NIATx Process Improvement model, with a focus on how to use these tools to enhance team functioning and team engagement.

The five 30-minute spring sessions will explore additional process improvement tools to help you enhance your team’s productivity and effectiveness. You should plan to attend all five sessions; participating in the fall 2022 miniseries is not required to register for the spring.



Miniseries Sessions

May 17 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Defining the Why
Why do we do what we do?
Tools for understanding your team and your organizational purpose
May 24 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Identifying the Destination(s)
Where do we need to go?
Tools for assessing needs
May 31 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Choosing the How
How are we going to reach the destination?
Tools for selecting strategies
June 7 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Charting the Course
Are we ready to journey?
Tools for implementation planning
June 14 | 1:00-1:30 p.m.
Matching Tools to Tasks
Which tool do I need today and tomorrow?
The who what when of strategic process tool utilization