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The Facilitative Leader: Essential Skills for Deans and Department Chairs
Jeffrey Cufaude, Idea Architects

Friday, October 15, 2010
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Monaco
225 N. Wabash
Chicago , IL 60601

In your role as a Dean or Department Chair, are you required to facilitate conversations, enhance dialogues, manage conflict among competing ideas, honor individual perspectives, explore the value of minority viewpoints, clarify the assumptions that influence thinking while expanding the sense of possibilities? In today's fast-paced and collaborative work environment, strong facilitation skills are essential for anyone providing leadership to projects, departments, or institutions, particular when you are managing from the middle.

Facilitative leadership balances an emphasis on both process and outcome so that decisions reached, projects created, and commitments made reflect the broadest and most compelling insights and ideas from a diverse group of individuals. As a result, these decisions and projects generally have greater support from the stakeholders they will affect.

In this interactive session, you will learn the core values, skills, and behaviors associated with facilitative leadership and how they can effectively be used to engage and influence others. Specific areas to be addressed include:
  • Individual and group dynamics and how facilitative leaders can help manage them effectively;
  • Tools and techniques for maximizing the contributions of individuals when teams or partnerships with other organizations are involved;
  • Strategies for better engaging the full participation of all members of a work group or team; and
  • How to frame conversations to elicit better results.
You will have the opportunity to apply these new tools and techniques in role rehearsals, discuss case studies reflecting commonly encountered situations, as well as gain ideas and insights from your peers in a personal consultation exercise.

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Jeffrey Cufaude is an architect of ideas, working to build communities of ideas and idealists through his writing, facilitation, consulting, and speaking. His past experience as executive director of two national associations and as a student affairs staff member at two large public universities informs much of his work today. He graduated cum laude with a B.A. in English and an M.A. in Communication Theory from Northern Illinois University. He regularly contributes feature articles on a variety of leadership and organizational development issues to national association publications, and he writes monthly about enhancing community and learning in workshops and conferences as a Contributing Columnist for the Professional Convention Management Association’s Convene magazine.


The workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Monaco, 225 North Wabash on the Third Floor.

The Hotel Monaco, Chicago is a four star luxury hotel and part of the collection of Kimpton Hotels. Located in the heart of downtown Chicago, the Hotel Monaco is in the Loop business district and just steps from North Michigan Avenue shopping and the popular Millennium Park. A former hat factory on the banks of the Chicago River, the transformed Hotel Monaco draws guests in and surrounds them with all manner of stimulations once inside. Complimentary highlights of the Hotel Monaco include: a 24-hour fitness center, pet friendly policies, and complimentary coffee and tea and evening wine reception in the living room. Guests must join the Kimpton InTouch program to receive wireless internet access in guest rooms and common areas.

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Hotel Reservations
ISACS has secured a special discounted room of $169/night plus tax single or double occupancy at the Hotel Monaco. To make a reservation, please call 1-800-397-7661 and use Group Code: "Independent Schools Association of the Central States". To make a reservation on line, click here. Special discounted room rates are available until Monday, September 27, 2010.

Parking at the Hotel Monaco is $24 (valet) for 4-12 hours and $42 (valet) for overnight parking. There are several lots within a few blocks of the hotel that may offer less expensive daily parking.

Registration Fee

  • $190 Member Fee
  • $240 Non Member Fee
  • First registrant pays full fee, each additional registrant receives a $28 discount
  • Workshop includes lunch
Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $190     Non-member Cost: $240


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