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University of Florida Leadership Network (UFLN)

The University of Florida Leadership Network (UFLN) is a forum for faculty and professional leaders who have completed UF’s leadership development programs. The network supports its members’ continued exploration of leadership issues while providing opportunities for networking and collaboration.

The UFLN holds approximately three events per calendar year. Participation in these events is by invitation only and is limited to network members-individuals who have completed UF’s leadership development programs including:

The UFLN currently has over 300 members.

Upcoming UFLN Events (By Invitation)

The UF Leadership Network will hold reading group sessions to discuss:

Dare to Lead*
Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts.
by Brené Brown

In this “ultimate playbook for developing brave leaders and courageous cultures” University of Houston research professor of social work and author of #1 New York Times bestsellers Brené Brown (LMSW) challenges leaders to stay curious, ask questions and share power by leaning into vulnerability and courageously engaging in difficult conversations and situations through empathy and connection.

Join us for one of the two following sessions:
Session 1: Thursday, June 27, 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Harrell Medical Education Building, Room 332
Session 2: Tuesday, July 23, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, University Auditorium, Friends of Music Room

*The UFLN will order and deliver copies of the book to registered participants who request them up to three weeks prior to each session (June 6th and July 2nd, respectively). After completing your registration, please send your request via email to imalvarez@ufl.edu with your name and campus delivery location.

If you have questions, please contact UF Training and Organizational Development via email, or call (352) 392-4626.

Past Events

Giving and Receiving Feedback
Master Certified Crucial Conversations Senior Consultant and independent contractor and facilitator Greg Sammis guided UFLN members through the Crucial Conversations model for situations where stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. Members learned and practiced skills for improving dialogue and engagement, effecting behavior change and high performance and nurturing a culture based on trust and respect using crucial conversations’ core principles: creating safety, mastering our stories and encouraging others to share their meaning. The session offered participants opportunities to apply the crucial conversations framework for fostering frequent, helpful and honest feedback and coaching as part of everyday exchanges. These will support UFLN members’ efforts to speak persuasively, achieve increased accountability, engagement and productivity as well as build acceptance, foster teamwork and better decision-making and resolve individual and group disagreements.

Crucial Conversations Links:

Leading Change in Higher Education
From Breaking Resistance to Empowering Agency: Rethinking Organizational Change Management

New York consultant, author and speaker Carsten Tams addressed the UFLN in November 2018. Challenging the core assumptions or conventional change management theory, Tams discussed big ideas by bold thinkers and challenged UF leaders to reframe organizational change management by dispelling assumptions of employee resistance and embracing a community-building approach.

UF at Work offered an excellent overview of Mr. Tams’ talk.

Mr. Tams is a regular contributor to Forbes Magazine. You can access his published articles on change management here.

Immunity to Change
How can we make the changes we know we want, but never seem able to achieve?

UF Leadership Network member Mark Jamison, along with Araceli Castaneda, of the Public Utility Research Center (PURC) led this transformational session based on the book Immunity to Change exclusively for members of the UFLN.

Participants engaged in an exercise to reveal the hidden stories we, and those in our organizations, tell ourselves to create a natural but powerful immunity to change. UFLN members experienced how this mechanism can hold us back personally and at work and identified the strategies needed for unlocking their own potential, as well as that of the organizations they lead, to finally move forward!

Conflict Competent Leadership
In response to expressed interest from summer reading group participants, the UFLN will host Craig Runde for a presentation and skill-building session on Conflict Competent Leadership on Wednesday, March 21st from 10:00 am – 12:00 noon at the IFAS Straughn Center. Mr. Runde will kick-off the session with an overview of conflict competence after which participants will gather in small groups to practice skills in managing emotions and perspective-taking. This will be followed by a Q&A period.

Developing UF’s Culture of Performance Engagement
On October 11, 2017, UFLN members examined culture change with respect to performance engagement at UF using Connors and Smith’s Change the Culture, Change the Game model. Small-group discussions were followed by a large-group debrief; members continued informal discussions during the network and socializing portion of the event.

Conflict Competent Leadership
During summer 2017, the UFLN held two reading and discussion groups for Craig E. Runde and Tim A. Flanagan’s article on Conflict Competent Leadership. The University Auditorium’s Friends of Music room provided a perfect setting for rich discussions.

Implicit Bias: Leadership Implications
Dr. Kate Ratliff, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Executive Director of Project Implicit addressed the UFLN on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. Her presentation was followed by small group discussions on how implicit bias influences our thinking, actions and decision-making at work and how to reduce its impact in the future. After Dr. Ratliff’s presentation, UFLN members stayed for networking and socializing.

Ideas into Practice
Ideas into Practice March 16, 2016 from 3:00 – 6:00 pm at the IFAS Straughn Center.
Negotiation Skills
On October 12, 2015, Dr. Judith Callahan, of the Department of Management at the Warrington College of Business, presented an overview on the nature of negotiations and how we use negotiation skills in our everyday interactions. Following individual case-study preparation and negotiation in pairs, participants benefited from Dr. Callahan’s review of each dyad’s approach and outcome. Crisp, fall weather welcomed UFLN members to outdoor conversation and hors d’oeuvres during the informal networking part of the event.
Talent, Trust, Vision, Alignment
The UF Leadership Model Competencies: Drivers to Excellence
For this event, UFLN members were asked to prepare in advance by visiting our Leadership Toolkit and reviewing one of the resources available in each of the four UF Leadership/Management Competency Model quadrants. These quadrants are: Build Trust, Create and Communicate Vision, Generate Alignment and Cultivate Talent. The selected resources provided food for thought to initiate small group discussions which addressed each quadrant’s objective. Participants sat at different tables midway through the session, thereby interacting with other members.

Following the discussions, UFLN members networked while enjoying a delicious catered lunch.

January 27, 2015 Panel Discussion: Perspectives on Strategy, Change, Culture and Accountability
The panel discussion featured College of Nursing Dean Anna McDaniel, Vice President for Research David P. Norton, and Vice President for Business Affairs Curtis Reynolds. These three distinguished UF leaders presented their views on identifying and addressing strategic priorities; initiating and supporting change; observing and affecting culture; and developing relationships and influence to nurture accountability. UFLN members were invited to ask questions following the presentations. Finally, an hors d’oeuvres reception offered panelists and UFLN members an opportunity to interact informally and network professionally.
March 17, 2014 Kick-Off
The UF Leadership Network kick-off session was held on March 17, 2014. Attendance was to capacity with 50 members present.Participants watched two TED Talks, each lasting approximately 15 minutes, after each of which they discussed a list of questions to pursue reactions and experiences related to the topics both in small clusters and with the group at large. The TED Talks were: Kathryn Schultz: On being wrong and Shawn Anchor: The happy secret to better work. The formal discussions were followed by an opportunity to informally network and socialize during a cocktail hour.
July 2014 Book Group Discussions
Two book group sessions were held in the summer of 2014 to discuss the title Leadership Without Excuses: How to Create Accountability and High-Performance (Instead of Just Talking About It) by Jeff Grimshaw and Gregg Baron. These sessions were limited to 15 participants which allowed for rich conversations also guided by facilitated questions on some of the main concepts of the book and how they applied to leading at UF.

Submit UFLN Event Ideas

Is there something you would like the UFLN to provide that would support your growth as a UF leader and our university’s quest for excellence? Let us know! Contact Irma Alvarez at imalvarez@ufl.edu.