Learn about guided pathways

Rob Johnstone comes to campus Feb. 5

Rob Johnstone, a national expert and researcher on guided pathways, will be on campus Monday, Feb. 5 for a keynote presentation and breakout sessions.

What are guided pathways? In short, it’s a model of restructuring student services and scheduling to create a more clear path for students to meet their goals.

Have questions about what it is or wondering which campuses have implemented it and whether it’s been effective? Johnstone is a good person to ask. There will be break-out sessions for faculty and classified staff and opportunity to ask him questions.

Johnstone advises that the keynote address will provide the necessary background for more productive breakout sessions. You can review the agenda and other relevant linked information about guided pathways on the events page.


The community’s college

Lane is the community’s college and there’s an opportunity to give your input about the community by participating in Lane County’s strategic planning process.

The county is currently seeking input to update its 2018-2021 strategic plan through a survey. There is also an open house where you can learn more about the framework of the process from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 24 in Harris Hall, 125 E. 8th Avenue, downtown Eugene.

If you can’t make it to the open house, here’s a link to the survey: http://bit.ly/LaneCoSurvey

You can read more about the county’s strategic planning process and the 2014-2017 strategic plan by clicking this link: https://www.lanecounty.org/cms/one.aspx?portalId=3585881&pageId=4081129

Weekly update

Our current cohort met on Friday, Jan. 19 for a special presentation by Lida Herburger and Deborah Butler on Appreciative Inquiry, a reflective planning tool they illustrated using a “4-D Cycle” –

  • Design: Consider, “What should be?”
  • Destiny: Consider, “What will be?”
  • Discovery: Consider, “What is?”
  • Dream: Consider, “What could be?”

Last year, a team of employees was trained in Appreciative Inquiry practices and several of the trainees are going through the certification process, which requires them to give a presentation. If you’re interested in learning more or in a training for you or your department, email sillsm@lanecc.edu.


‘Make a career of humanity …’

“Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr., March for Integrated Schools, April 18, 1959.

Imagine someone reading words you uttered and history showing you lived by those words. We do not need to imagine when reading the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Next week will be a short one as we pause Monday to reflect on his contributions and how our communities can work together toward healing and equality. In the coming days and weeks,  there are opportunities to engage in conversations and events that seek to build community learn from one another. Later this month, free events sponsored by Oregon Humanities’ Conversation Project seek to engage communities in conversations on the following topics: 


On Monday, the local NAACP chapter has organized a march and community program. Those interested in the march are encouraged to start congregating at Autzen Stadium at 9 a.m., so the group can organize and leave the parking lot at 10 a.m. to begin the march to the Shedd Institute downtown. At the Shedd, there will be a program from 11 a.m. to noon featuring community leaders, the youth council and activists who will share their vision and hopes for our community.

On Wednesday, March 17, Lane will have our own MLK Celebration featuring Nina Turner. Turner is a former Ohio state senator and contributor on CNN and other news programs. Last year, she was also tapped to lead Bernie Sander’s group that reaches out to potential leaders. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public. Please extend an invitation to your colleagues, family, friends and neighbors and help us create community here at Lane. Some of our students have stepped up to volunteer for our MLK Celebration event. If you’re interested in volunteering, let me know by emailing me at: sillsm@lanecc.edu. 

Weekly challenge

The motto, “A Day On, Not a Day Off” has been adopted to designate the holiday as one of service to honor King’s legacy. How do you plan to make it a “day on” through service to your family or community? Share by leaving a reply for us.



Hello, 2018

Have you forgone resolutions this year? The new year ushers in reflections on what was, what is and what will be. May we carry the resolve of reflection with us into the days ahead.

Weekly updates

Jan. 19: Current cohort monthly seminar on strategic planning at Lane and interactive planning exercises using Appreciative Inquiry with Jen Steele, Deborah Butler and Lida Herburger. 

Jan. 25: Alumni book club at 3 p.m. in Building 19, Room 142 to discuss selection, “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg.

Training opportunity

An interactive training on the gender spectrum, Gender 101, will be offered at two times on Jan. 19:

  • 10 a.m. to noon;
  • 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

Both sessions will be held in the Gender Equity Center in Building 1. The training is presented by Jenn Burlington of TransActive Gender Center. Check out http://transactiveonline.org for more information about the TransActive Gender Center.

The presentation is sponsored by International Programs, Gender Equity Center and Diversity Council. Employees will receive two hours of cultural competency professional development credit for attendance.

RVSP is requested to secure a spot: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfZV24PiLICg-RXcd42dCsedf9X2Lsx8gB66OxnrmbOGHVSWA/viewform


Weekly challenge

Leadership author, John C. Maxwell offers these tips on developing listening skills as a leader in an article he wrote in 2014 for the magazine, Success. In the article, he shares a story of the importance of not only listening, but asking the right questions.

The full essay and listening audit can be read in this link: https://www.success.com/article/john-c-maxwell-a-1-week-leadership-listening-challenge

Below is an excerpt of his listening audit:

The Listening Audit

The first step is to take an honest look at your current approach to communication. Start by asking yourself the following questions:

1. Am I open to other people’s ideas?
2. Am I open to changing my opinion based on new information?
3. Am I actively seeking feedback and input in order to move the team forward?
4. Do I act defensively when criticized, or do I listen openly for the truth?
5. Do I ask questions in every conversation?

At the end of each day, reflect on the day’s interactions—every meeting, conference call, phone conversation and so on—and calculate the percentage of the time that you spent listening as opposed to the time you spent speaking. How much of the day were you actively taking in information? At the end of the week, tally up your percentages and get an average. Set a goal to increase your listening percentage in the upcoming week. Be sure to track your progress.

What you are trying to develop are these five strengths of a listening leader:

Connecting. In my book The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership, I write about the Law of Connection, which states, “Leaders touch a heart before they ask for a hand.” You cannot connect with other people when you are the one doing all the talking! Do this intentionally. Stop, make eye contact and be fully present, and you’ll find yourself truly connecting—not half-listening.

Building confidence. Take time to listen to each person on your team. New people, in particular, offer a fresh perspective that can lead to valuable insights, but they may not feel they have the right to contribute their thoughts. Shake their insecurity by soliciting their ideas and taking those suggestions to heart. Henry David Thoreau once said, “The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when someone asked me what I thought and attended to my answer.” Don’t you feel the same way?

Soliciting ideas. Great leaders create an environment of innovation. That requires actively seeking out new ideas. I often find that listening precedes great periods of creativity in an organization. In the words of Richard Branson, “Any organization’s best assets are its people, and if you are ready to help the team to achieve its goals, you can start gathering information on how to move things along just by paying attention to what employees are saying.”

Taking action. With your new focus on intentional listening, you will probably find that you have an abundance of good ideas at your fingertips. Just hearing them isn’t enough. Good ideas have expiration dates. You need to act before they become dated, irrelevant or otherwise spoiled. A bonus: Members of your team will see your responsiveness, feel valued, trust you with their ideas and keep bringing them forward.

Reflecting nightly. Maximize your new habits by taking time before bed to think and reflect so you can process and apply what you have learned.

Do you want to increase your leadership capacity? Work on applying these practices on a consistent basis. Pastor and speaker Robert Schuller once said, “Big egos have little ears.”

I challenge you to become the opposite—a small ego with big ears. Because that’s the kind of person who truly excels.

Source: https://www.success.com/article/john-c-maxwell-a-1-week-leadership-listening-challenge

Learn by doing … and reading

I appreciate the Mintzberg quote above for its implication that leadership is a practice. But, I also think we can learn by not only doing, but, well, by learning from others through reading and reflection. Our alumni book club seeks to engage discussions on leadership through books that examine and enlighten views on leadership and connections.

Their current selection, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead” by Sheryl Sandberg. Here’s a Forbes review of the book from 2013, if you’re interested in learning more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/susanadams/2013/03/04/10-things-sheryl-sandberg-gets-exactly-right-in-lean-in/#157f36567ada

At the current Aspiring Leaders cohort’s retreat, Marge shared a book recommendation: Bad Leadership by Barbara Kellerman. (Available in the Lane Library stacks.) The book explores a missing piece in many leadership books: the bad leader, seeks to define bad leadership and what we can learn from it. In each chapter, Kellerman evaluates a different trait of a “bad leader” and offers the reader a view of that trait through the lens of a leader in history.

Not sure you want to spend your free time reading about bad leaders? What about bee leaders? Bees have secret lives and lessons to teach us about leadership. “The Wisdom of Bees: What The Hive Can Teach Business About Leadership, Efficiency, And Growth” by Michael O’Malley is also available in the Lane Library. Here’s an article by O’Malley in Psychology Today on lessons we can learn from bees on decison-making: https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-wisdom-bees/201006/why-bees-dont-make-stupid-decisions-and-we-do

Have you started a reading list for the break or books to tackle in 2018? Let us know what you’re reading or your recommendations by replying.

Weekly Update

Thanks to those of you who have provided feedback about the Aspiring Leaders program via the survey. It’s still up – and will be up through the end of 2017. Your feedback assists with continual improvement at the college and is appreciated.

Here are a few more comments that have come in:

Q: How would you describe Aspiring Leaders to an employee unfamiliar with the program?

Program which says it’s a leadership development sequence, but mostly a networking opportunity.


Q: If you could experience one seminar or day of Aspiring Leaders again, what would it be and why?

Quality time with the president reflecting and talking about BIG, possibly even sensitive, issues that individuals feel must be tackled/addressed in order for Lane CC to be all it can be. I think this lets aspiring leaders see the college’s leader as a human being with thoughts and feelings and worries like the rest of us, and allows us to get to the business of solution-finding… at least temporarily… on an equal plane.


Q: What would you like the Aspiring Leaders program planners to keep in mind when making decisions about potential changes to Aspiring Leaders programming?

Consider adding outcomes for the program to make it more cohesive; tie sessions to leadership; encourage personal goal setting and reflection throughout.

Weekly Challenge

This is a revisit of the first challenge: reflect on your core values. The holidays are a time of reflection for many. Take the time to reflect on your core values and revisit your own mission statement. Is your work and daily practice a reflection of those values and your personal mission?


What do you think?

Weekly Update

Thanks to those of you who have completed the survey about your Aspiring Leaders experience. Time is precious and as the end of term is in sight, a survey is another time drain. I invite you when you do have the opportunity: to reflect on your experience and provide some feedback. Continuous improvement is a goal for all our programs at Lane and your perspective will help us identify areas for improvement and potential new programming. As a reminder, you’re responses are anonymous – but if anyone would like to provide attribution to their feedback, let me know.

Here’s what some of you are saying:

Q: How would you describe Aspiring Leaders to an employee unfamiliar with the program?

Warren Bennis once stated, “leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.” Aspiring Leaders trained employees to assist in translating LCC’s vision into reality.

AL was a fantastic opportunity for me to meet and network with other LCC employees. I learned so much about other areas of campus and the challenges that face LCC. On multiple occasions I was taken out of my comfort zone and feel grew because of it.

Q: Has your participation in Aspiring Leaders added value to your work at Lane? Explain how it has or how it has not.

Absolutely. I was a new employee and it immediately “shrank” the college down to a happy size. It gave me a crash course in the college culture—both what it was and what it could become. I created relationships with colleagues whom I continue to lean into for support.

It has not, it confused things because the direction given in Aspiring Leaders is not how things are run.

Q: What type of alumni efforts should the group consider?

Could we take on one project a year? Such as fundraising, an event to collect materials for the food pantry or clothing stash.

I wouldn’t put too much effort into this, though perhaps one event per year – like a coffee/tea. Maybe reach out to alumni to facilitate a discussion?

Q: Do you feel Aspiring Leaders is relevant to the mission and core values? Please explain your response. (All affirmative responses so far.)

Yes, because good leadership requires at least an openness to transformation, and building relationships is essential to helping an institution transform the lives of not only students, but staff and community as well.

Yes! Meeting and working with Lane colleagues from other departments across classified, faculty, and manager positions really demonstrated that equity lens and cultural diversity that the college is pushing towards. I saw issues from other perspectives that I had never experienced before in a safe and open place. Aspiring Leaders transformed my life through learning and all of our efforts were to improve ourselves and student success through better understanding. We touched on all of the core values at some point during the year.

Weekly Challenge

Kerry Levett, Brian Kelly and Jen Steele joined the Aspiring Leaders cohort for the December seminar. Brian and Jen received some good ideas from the small group exercise on ways to increase revenue and retention, such as differential tuition options and discounts for returning students. The group quickly ruled out a brew pub on campus.

Think you have a plan or idea that you know has worked elsewhere that could help generate new revenue or help with student enrollment and retention? Share it. Who knows what your brainstorm could spark?

Also, Kerry shared the somewhat new science of an organized life: bullet journaling. If you haven’t checked it out, you should. It takes writing things down to the next level with this key change: an index! You can use any notebook. Here’s a short video that explains it:


Give it a try. Let us know how it works out for you.

Survey says …

By now, Aspiring Leaders of the past and present should have received an email with an invitation to complete a survey about your experience in the program. Your feedback will be used to help guide future programming and alumni activities. Thanks to you who have already submitted your responses! If you haven’t received an email with the link, please let me know: sillsm@lanecc.edu.

Weekly Challenge

Let’s keep it simple this week: complete the survey. Seriously, your feedback is valuable to the future of the program. Feedback: it works for Elon Musk.

“I think it’s very important to have a feedback loop, where you’re constantly thinking about what you’ve done and how you could be doing it better.”
– Elon Musk

“What is the shortest word in the English language that contains the letters: abcdef? Answer: feedback. Don’t forget that feedback is one of the essential elements of good communication.”
– Anonymous

Ways to Get Involved

Dead Week is upon us! Support students who are wrapping up their term.  Smile. Say, hello! Wish them luck! And … Ask if they’ve registered for winter term.

Reminder: The Aspiring Leaders Book Club meets at 12:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 in Building 19, Room 124. The group opted to continue reading the current selection, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant.

Giving Tree: There are still some tags available on the giving tree for students’ children. Gift ideas and the age of the child are on the tag. If you take a tag, unwrapped presents need to be returned to the Gender Equity Center by Friday, Dec. 1 – but it’s possible to return gifts next week through Dec. 6. The earlier deadline is better because parents have transportation issues and may not have finals scheduled through Dec. 6. Pop into the Gender Equity Center if you have questions.

Have an idea for Aspiring Leaders to get involved with a campus activity? Submit to sillsm@lanecc.edu.






The Weekly Update

Greetings from the POD!

Happy break to all of you – and good luck scratching off your to-do list before the end-of-day tomorrow … and before the end of the term!

Few quick updates:

  • Aspiring Leaders Alumni Book Club: Next meeting is 12:30 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 in Building 19, Room 124. The group opted to continue reading the current selection, “Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World” by Adam Grant. Here are a few quotes from the book that may pique your interest —
    • “Originals are nonconformists, people who not only have new ideas but take action to champion them. They are people who stand out and speak up. Originals drive creativity and change in the world. They’re the people you want to bet on.”
    • “Argue like you’re right and listen like you’re wrong.”
    • “The greatest shapers don’t stop at introducing originality into the world. They create cultures that unleash originality in others.”
  • Aspiring Leaders Surveys: Look for a message from me in your inbox by Nov. 29 with a survey related to your experience in the program and suggestions on moving the program forward. We’re seeking your feedback on where to focus future programming efforts and how to best continue this enrichment opportunity for employees. Note: If you don’t receive a survey by Nov. 29, let me know. We may need to update our list. (Alumni and the current cohort will receive surveys.)
  • Aspiring Leaders Current Cohort: Next monthly seminar is from 1 to 5 p.m., Friday, Dec. 1 in Building 30, Room 114. Guest presenters are Kerry Levett and Brian Kelly, who will provide leadership practice insight related to their work at Lane.

Weekly Challenge

As part of the Aspiring Leaders fall retreat, participants are asked to consider their core values and draft a mission statement. Find yours and review it. Is your mission statement still relevant? Does it need an update? (Can’t find yours? Make the time to reflect on your core values and start a new mission statement.)  

Ways to Get Involved

Holiday Giving Tree: Spread the holiday joy and pull a tag with the holiday wishes of a Lane student’s child from the Holiday Giving Tree. The tree is in Building 1 on the second floor, near the Gender Equity Center. Unwrapped gifts may be returned no later than Dec. 6 for student-parents to pick up. The project is a cooperative effort between the Gender Equity Center and the MultiCultural Center/Clothing Stash.

Work by Core Theme review teams will get underway in the coming weeks to examine how well our work is aligned with our core themes: Resp6onsive Community Engagement; Accessible and Equitable Learning Opportunities; Quality Educational Environment; and Individual Student Achievement. Many Aspiring Leaders (current and alumni) are either leading these review teams or serving as team members. A call for volunteers was issued earlier this month and sent via email to all employees. 

Have an idea for Aspiring Leaders to get involved with a campus activity? Submit to sillsm@lanecc.edu.


Hello, again … and for the first time

“The connection economy thrives on abundance. Connections create more connections. Trust creates more trust. Ideas create more ideas.” ~ Seth Godin

It’s time for this blog to do its job of forging connections as it was intended. This is a space to share ideas and information for alumni and the current cohort.

Much has changed since the date of the last post in 2015. This is the first year of the program without its founder and the current cohort’s resiliency and adaptability skills are being honed. (You’re welcome!) Two alumni: Mike Sims (2015-16) and Kristina Holton (2013-14) stepped up, offering to help facilitate the retreat and they did an amazing job setting the tone for the rest of the program year.

The 2017-18 cohort is a lively bunch that includes:
Carla Arciniega-Henrici
Katheryn Blair
Amanda Blunt
Anna Gates-Tapia
Andi Graham
Scott Hutchings
LuAnne Johnson
Nikki Li
Richard Lubben
Mira Mason-Reader
Bliss Newton
Casey Reid
Cathy Thomas
Shara Tscheulin
James Walugembe
Brenda Williams
Meggie Wright
Carl Yeh

What’s the latest with alumni action?
Well, there’s a book club. Thanks to Jill Gillett (2016-17) for getting it a book club off the ground. The group meets Friday, November 17, 12:30 p.m., Building 19 Room 142 to discuss: “Originals: How non-conformists move the world” by Adam Grant and Sheryl Sandberg. Email Jill if you’d like to attend the meeting via Zoom. Didn’t read the book? (It’s book club! Who reads the book?!?) Stop by and engage with alumni, anyway.

Following the alumni gathering in the spring, there seemed to be a consensus to do more alumni activities. Look here and the Lane Weekly for updates on how to get involved and give feedback.

Have news to share with Aspiring Leaders and Aspiring Leaders Alumni? Let me know! Contact me through the blog or at sillsm@lanecc.edu.

Thanks to Deborah Butler, Aspiring Leaders (2015-16) for bringing the blog back in the leadership spotlight. Updates to our webpage are coming soon.