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The Alpha Leadership Experience

Alpha…LEAD!

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Alpha Leadership was a blast! Not only was it a blast, I got to develop my leadership skills through really cool activities. We did self assessments to figure out what our leadership styles were and learned how to effectively communicate and use those styles to our advantages. We had to step outside of our comfort zones (yaayy!). We got to meet really awesome new people! All together, I loved my six weeks of ALPHA! I learned that I am a considerate and spirited leader, and I need to work on further developing my direct and systematic skills.

Simon Sinek Ted Talk

How Great Leaders Inspire Action –

Simon Sinek is a man that believes in empowerment. Born in England, he has lived 
in Hong Kong, South Africa and the United States. He is active in the not-for-profit world, and works for an organization called Count Me In. He currently resides 
in New York and teaches at Columbia University.
For an LDR200 assignment, we were asked to watch Simon's famous Ted Talk, 
'How Great Leaders Inspire Action'. I found it very fascinating, and I thought
that Simon brought up very valid points. In this blog post, I will tell you all 
about Simon's method of inspiration and how we can use it in our own lives. 
Here ya go,a

There are leaders and there are those who lead.

Those who lead, inspire us.

We follow them because we want to, not because we have to.

Have you ever questioned what sets those people apart? They all think, act and communicate the same exact way. There is a pattern. Now if you can identify that pattern and apply it to your life, wouldn’t that be nice? Well Simon Sinek can help us with that. In his 20 minute Ted Talk, he explains the secret to this. He calls this way the Golden Circle (Why? How? What?). ldr According to Simon Sinek, this ‘Golden Circle’ determines why certain organizations succeed or not. He urges us to think of the WHY. What’s the purpose, belief, cause? Why should anyone care? Why do you get out of bed in the morning? Regardless of their size or industry, businesses that are more successful function with this way of thinking. He tells that “Employers hire people that believe in what they do, because they won’t be working for money, they will be working for the cause, even if that requires blood, sweat and tears.” He goes on use the Wright Brothers as an example. The Wright Brothers has passion which lead to success. They sold people on the “Why”. Not a single person on their team had a college degree and they competed with Harvard graduate, who was in it solely for the money and paycheck. I bet you haven’t heard of Samel Lingually? The best minds money can find won’t do justice to what someone who truly values a cause will do. The day the Wright brothers took flight, Langually quit all together.

“People don’t’ buy what you do, they buy WHY you do it”

This is due to..

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The Law of Diffusion of Innovation tells us that if you want market success, or acceptance of an idea, you cannot have it unless you achieve the tipping point of 15-18% market penetration (The people who stand in land for six hours to buy the first iPhone, when the can just get it the next day). The early majority will not try something unless someone has tried it first.

I really enjoyed listening to Simen's Ted Talk. I have noticed myself looking at 
commercials and company's slogans differently after watching, and noticing how 
some advertise their "Why" and some just advertise the product. I think this is
a good reason a lot of Not-for-Profit's are successful, because they sell the 
"Why" and have a good cause to support.

PSYCH100L… AKA DISNEY SING ALONG W/ PROF. PRUETT

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Pschology…Where dreams come true…

Just kidding, but…

In my leadership psychology class, I learned many, many things. I learned that one of my LAS friends can swallow an entire water bottle in one gulp. I learned that another one could sing the part in Hakuna Matata, (“When I was a young warthog!!”) perfectly, the pitch was exactly on point to the movie Lion King. I learned that another one of my peers could interpretive dance, very well, and also that my psychology professor liked to interpretive dance as well! Especially to disney songs! I learned that my LAS cohort is crazy silly, and that if someone looses a bet to the game ‘chances are?’, they would actually carry out their punishment, like the time someone lost and carried an umbrella with them everywhere they went for the entire psychology class. I think that his fun attitude actually helped me learn. I mean yes, it could get out of hand sometimes and be somewhat distracting, but also in the other sense, I was usually pretty happy to go to psychology class. I mean Dr. Pruett is a saint, but actually, he is a really great, quirky, silly man. And besides that, psychology is a pretty interest topic. Learning how to apply leadership through understanding human behavior is very neat! And my class was fun, so it was just an all together win, win! The tests were a little challenging, and I had to write my first ever 15 page final exam paper, but beside that, it was overall a great experience! SO Hukuna Matata, No worries! In the jungle, the might jungle, the lion sleeps tonight! Under the sea, under the sea! When you wish upon a staarrr! Wandering free, wish I could be, part of that woorrrlllddd! Be our guest, be our guest! Let’s get dowwnn to business!

Okay, okay! Enough disney songs! But goodbye folks! Psych was fun! Peace.

Mentor/Mentee

I am so lucky!

Along with all of the other perks of being a Leadership Advancement Scholar at CMU, you receive a sophomore mentor to help you begin your college journey.

I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am to have received Megan McGillis as a mentor. Jumping into a school of 22,000 can be a little nerve racking, but Megan made my transition nothing but smooth. From answering all of my college questions, sending me sweet notes and presents, to taking me out to lunch when I was having a bad day, she was hands down an awesome mentor. Throughout the semester, we became very close and she always had my back. She is reliable, trustworthy, smart, hilarious, inspiring, beautiful and so much more. I am so lucky we got paired together!

Megan and I share so many of the same qualities, I find it a little strange how similar we are. Not only do we have a lot of the same beliefs, views and passions, but we have similar majors and share the same weird sense of humor. Megan has encouraged me to get involved on campus and to explore different student organizations, for example, she helped me to get involved with greek life. Next semester Megan and I are going through training to become apprentices and bible study leaders, together. Megan is not only a mentor, she is a best friend. I am glad my Leadership Advancement Scholarship (LAS) gave me an opportunity to get to know such an amazing person!

When you receive a mentor in LAS, you also receive a family tree. Megan once had a mentor, who has a mentor, and so on. Not only do I have an incredible mentor, but my family tree is out of this world! My G mentor, Janelle McLaughlin, and my GG mentor, Molly Macgillivray, are two of the best young women. As with Megan, I share many similarities and life goals. I think that they are very inspiring people. They have given me great advice and I have loved getting to know them as well. I like to think of them as older sisters.

Megan, Janelle and Molly are most definitely some of my role models, and I am thankful to have them as “family” and “mentors”.

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“Surround yourself with people who push you,

who challenge you

who make you laugh

who make you better

who make you happy”


Mentor/Mentee Retreat

Location: Eagle Village in Hersey, Michigan

Purpose: To grow in your leadership skills and build a meaningful relationship with your mentor and 2013/2014  LAS cohort.

I was extremely excited to get a weekend away from school! It was still the beginning of the semester, and I was still feeling overwhelmed with adjustments. Along with that, I got to bond with my awesome mentor and new LAS classmates.

About 80 Leadership Advancement Scholars arrived at Eagle Village on a Saturday morning. We did not all know each other. Half of the people there were new freshmen, like me. After that weekend of getting to know each other over playing survival games, doing ropes courses, sitting around a camp fire, and other bonding activities, we left as more of a family, and less of just a “cohort”.

The Leadership Institute at CMU, is very big on Meaningful Relationships. When school gets tough, I am glad to know that I have my leadership families to lean on.

Megan and I bonded over developing our leadership abilities. We completed a challenging high ropes course together. Along the way, we had to come up with new ways to go along the course, in which we had to depend on each other. When you are forced to completely trust another person, you are most likely to grow your relationship.

I really enjoyed getting to know some of the people in LAS that I had never talked to previously. Lauren Lyon and her mentor Cassie, were apart of Megan and I ‘s small group for the weekend. At one point, we had to complete a survival course, by carrying a sled, and we could not touch the ground. This silly activity improved our critical thinking and communication skills, and helped us to form relationships as well.

Eagle Village was a great time, not only to get away, but to build friendships and learn new things

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