The world is facing so many unique leadership challenges related to the impact of the pandemic.
BGU has been adjusting in significant ways, and one way that we responded was by forming a new class called Transformational Strategies for the Ice Age* that was taught during the July 2020 module. The course was successful at equipping leaders to change course during these trying times that we’re living through. 17 leaders from Ethiopia, Kenya, Jamaica, South Africa, Guatemala, Haiti, and the United States produced some incredible projects that equipped them to make difficult changes and decisions in their organizations, and also to innovate new ways of operating that lead to breakthrough.
I’m proud of all of the students for the projects that they produced. I’d like to highlight just one example of leaders who utilized the course to adjust what they are doing with their work. MATL students Annie Thurber and Katie Berube from Guatemala teamed up to start a new business that empowers local women where they live called Abeja Flowers. Check out this brief VIDEO where they share about their class project that is already working out well. Also, here is a LINK to their project proposal explaining how they’re hoping to expand.
These transformational leaders have seen some remarkable results in a relatively short amount of time. I recently received a nice note from Katie saying: “The roots of our project, Abeja, were started through your class all about pivoting through COVID…Thank you again for such a wonderful class. It equipped and catapulted us into this exciting chapter!”
I’m excited to share that BGU will be offering the Transformational Strategies for the Ice Age course again in the January 2021 module.
Although I really enjoyed teaching the course in 2020, I’ll be handing the course off to the capable hands of BGU professor, Dr. Jason Davila. Jason co-taught the original course with me. Jason is passionate about the content and looking forward to working with a new group of leaders to help them strategize to lead through these trying times that we’re in. The course can be taken for academic credit for current BGU students, or it can be audited. This would be a wonderful opportunity to take an entire leadership team through the course in order to recalibrate and set goals for the coming months and years. Feel free to contact Dr. Davila at Jason.email@example.com if you’d like more information about the course. You won’t want to miss out on this unique learning opportunity!
Dr. Bryan McCabe
Bakke Graduate University
*The title of the course comes from a widely distributed metaphor first penned in an essay in March 2020 (Leading Beyond the Blizzard: Why Every Organization Is Now a Startup | by Praxis | The Praxis Journal (praxislabs.org) This essay proposed the COVID-19 crisis would not be just a blizzard that lasts for a few month and then everything would return back to normal but instead it would mark the beginning of a new “Ice age” that would require every organization to act in part like a start-up to adjust to a new environment. This course teaches leaders how to survey this new age and explore how their organizations can rethink and deploy whole new strategies for the present and future.