ENERGY IS EVERYTHING
"BE PASSIONATE IN EVERYTHING YOU DO." That's what Laina Phetteplace, a junior studying marketing, learned through Leadership from the Heart, a two-day leadership immersion workshop that was sponsored by and held at LSBE in March.
Ryan Penneau, LifeSkills' associate director, trainer, and keynote speaker, says the program is all about going for it. They created a formula: energy x execution = results. He feels that a lot of effort in education is focused on execution, and
character and attitude development are often bypassed.
For millennials, Penneau says these skills are especially important. "These students will be taking jobs where they will need to lead. We help them develop communication skills, which are widely missing from a generation that has been raised with the idea that 'community' is a group of characters within an online network."
Phetteplace described the experience as out of the ordinary. "I had no idea what I was getting into. It
definitely pushes your comfort zone and I grew because of it."
Nick Gorman, a senior studying organizational management, agreed. He said they were asked to give a couple of speeches. At first, the students were writing down what they wanted to say, but it felt inauthentic. Through the program, they learned to speak from their hearts.
Gorman already was able to try out his new skill in the classroom. "I gave a speech a week later and went up there energized and people were clapping," said Gorman. "My professor wrote, 'way to bring it.'"
Kunjummen says his new outlook has changed the way he studies and helps him stay focused. "I can do anything I set my mind to."
"It's two days of hard work for long-term results," said Penneau. "We tell people to be the best they can be - to be at such an outstanding level that the rest of life feels better." LSBE is interested in bringing the program back to UMD.
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