Stetson University’s Executive MBA Cohort 13 is underway. This dynamic group of talented managers is navigating the classroom experience and learning about each other as the next 17-months will be a result of collaboration, transformation, and challenging work.
Currently in their first course, Management & Leadership, the student’s awareness of their impact on others in the work environment is highlighted. Focus is on developing constructive approaches and methods to enhance creativity, innovation, employee motivation, and career success. Cohesiveness is formed as well as strengths and areas of opportunity are recognized.
The cohort has written a mission statement, “Growing personally and professionally while enjoying and embracing the experience!” The cohort quickly realized that the Stetson way of learning will be challenging and a mix of diverse activities that elevate the “spark” of inquisitiveness and exploration through deep collaboration and faculty facilitation by Michelle DeMoss and Greg McCann. In this course, Dr. Michelle DeMoss facilitated TED talk activities – Marshmallow Challenge, a Harvard Business Review Simulation – Everest, and One on One Executive Coaching are just some of the components that have added to the learning evolution! Students were encouraged to “color outside the lines” and find new creative ways of thinking and doing things. The result was undeniable satisfying.
Near the conclusion of the first course, each student receives Executive Coaching to explore their unique situation and aspirations with our coach, Greg McCann, “The Cohort’s commitment to deepening their self-awareness and empathy as the foundation for their leadership practice was evidenced in the coaching sessions where each leader was asked to reflect on themselves, what issues in their lives have them stuck or have been unaddressed, and how they might take ownership for them as part of their ongoing leadership development. We don’t just study leadership, we practice it”. This coaching will continue at regular intervals each term and within courses to aid in their growth.
Lastly, the culminating exercise in this course requires that each student write a Professional Development Plan that will guide their individual “practice” during the entire EMBA journey. This is an action plan that will provide structure and intentional focus, and will define success on their terms.