It's time to meet another one of our great alumni. Today the spotlight is on Becky Adams, she has a passion for leadership development at the community level.
Tell us about your job?
I currently work at the Blandin Foundation in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. The Blandin Foundation (www.blandinfoundation.org) is a private non-profit organization whose mission is strengthening communities in rural Minnesota. I am the Recruitment Coordinator and I manage all of the recruitment for our community leadership programs.
Tell us about one of the programs you recruit for.
One of our longest running leadership programs is the Blandin Community Leadership Program (BCLP). It’s been running for 25 years. In this program we bring together a cohort of 24 participants from one community and train curriculum built on three core competencies of Framing, Social Capital and Mobilization. They learn skills and build relationships that they can bring back home to continue to build on their community’s strengths. It is so rewarding to meet wonderful people all over the state who are doing what needs to be done to thrive in their communities.
What are your best memories about studying at SLPA?
I so loved getting to know the others in the online classrooms. The many perspectives and experiences were a significant part of the learning. No one could just sit back quietly – we only knew each other through what we wrote as everyone participated.
Another favorite, the instructors and the curriculum chosen for each course. I could hardly wait to see the book list for the next class and have some favorites now in my bookcase for reference: Now, Discover Your Strengths, Political Savvy, The Pollyanna Principles, The ThreeLaws of Performance; I could go on and on. The instructors did a great job of staying current in theory and practice and even gave us opportunities to’ live chat’ with some of the authors.
Tell us about your leadership philosophy?
My leadership philosophy is supported by the quote we use in our training, “Leadership, you have to do it yourself but you can’t do it alone” (author unknown). “… You have to do it yourself…” – you have to step up to the opportunities and challenges of taking on leadership roles; taking risks, learning new skills, working together. “… but you can’t do it alone.” You need to build relationships and have a team around you. Really getting to know others can make or break a good team.
What books have you read or are reading right now that you would recommend?
“The Loudest Duck,” by Laura Liswood – a great read on understanding differences in the workplace and working across those differences.
I always have a list of what I WANT to read – “Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future” by Peter Senge et al. I still need to read “Blink” and of course I reread a lot of the books that I didn’t quite get through during class.