SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat
Wednesday, February 17, 2016
Posted by: Christina Mimms
Attendees at the the 2016 SAIS Heads Leadership Retreat should prepare for a time of collaboration, growth, and getting "Vip'd." Vipul Kapadia (aka Vips) of thinqshift will serve as facilitator at this year's retreat, April 18-19, 2016, in Asheville, NC. He is well acquainted with the challenges that school leaders face, and as a leadership coach, advisor, and consultant, he helps executive leaders to work through problems, change behavior patterns, and function with more purpose.
Watch a short video about Vips' work with schools here.
A number of school heads already work with Vips. Jay Underwood, head of High Meadows School in Roswell, GA, has enlisted Vips to lead retreats for school staff and also as an executive coach. “I was inspired by his energy, enthusiasm, and intellectual vitality,” Underwood said. “He can put things in a totally different perspective. People will find him refreshing.”
Suzanna Jemsby, head of The Galloway School in Atlanta, also has worked with Vips as an executive coach. “It is the most helpful, professional coaching I’ve ever had,” she said. “Vips is incredibly personable and has the ability to see through people in a good way. He hits the nail on the head.” At Galloway, Vips has also worked with the administrative team and met with the board of trustees. “He gives you a sense of how you think and makes you aware of your weaknesses,” Jemsby said. He offers not feedback but “feed-forward” to help one grow as a leader and individual, she explained.
Attendees at the retreat will work in small groups to share their current challenges and brainstorm solutions together, taking input from all. While schools can differ greatly in their size, programs, and makeup, they also have much in common and may have experienced the same or similar situations. In sharing their ideas, leaders can learn different ways to solve the same problem.
“You can’t communicate only one way,” Vips said. “You need to be adaptable to people’s needs.”
Responding to a variety of scenarios, Vips will introduce Whole Brain Thinking to suggest new approaches to problem-solving. “How might we think of our leadership challenges in a whole brain way?” The way you think makes you you, but it may also stifle your successful leadership if you can’t attack a problem or situation from a different perspective. The whole brain approach uses every part of the brain.
As part of these exercises, attendees will receive a leadership profile and will take some time to reflect on themselves as leaders and their schools. They will look at their top three challenges as leaders and the top three challenges of their schools. In the last segment of the program, leaders will refer back to the situations they shared with peers at the beginning of the retreat and apply the whole brain methodology to those situations. They will see the value of the whole brain approach in real-life scenarios and will know how to take the tools back to their campuses for future situations.
This is the third annual Heads Leadership Retreat that SAIS has hosted, following the successes of facilitators Ian Symmonds in 2014 and Allan Calarco in 2015. Registration is open! Click here for more information about the retreat.