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Leadership Faculty Retreat report and responses


From: David Heise [dheise@andrews.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 03, 1999 10:44 PM
To: Leadership - All
Subject: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

Dear Leadall,

"The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty Retreat. How I know this is that I was one of the participants that the faculty invited to this year's retreat. It was in a beautiful setting, with dozens of varieties of birds, sumptuous meals, exquisite "tree" beds, hand painted walls, a Jacuzzi in every room but no TV and no phones. These last two omissions are intentional.

Our faculty spent many productive hours grappling with some real issues. I call it productive because after filling the agenda with some pretty heavy topics, they worked through them in an open and unrestricted manner, almost disregarding the clock, and treating everyone at the table as equals. And they came out with decisions made and courses of actions planned, at times creatively different from anyone's expectation at the outset.

One of the topics on the agenda was a budget proposal in support of proper staffing for the program. There are faculty who are overloaded with duties who long to be able to spend more time in contact with their advisees and with the participants in general. So if you feel that your advisor is not as responsive as you think he/she ought to be, it is not because they don't care, and they are working to provide better support.

One of the "heavy" topics was what to do about the sense of opposition to the Leadership program from some quarters within the University. Strategies for overcoming this were discussed on Sunday, and on Monday, Shirley Freed returned from a meeting of the Graduate Council to tell us that a proposal for a Masters degree in Leadership was approved unanimously! This brought cheer to weary spirits.

Some of the planning and negotiating and justifying that has finally lead to the approval of the new Leadership degree had created a feeling of battle weariness. I think this is what prompted Jim Tucker's opening thought. Those of us in Leadership "know" this is a good program. Our leaders know it is a good program. Requests for further meetings to explain or justify it are seen as unnecessary distractions. (I am putting words in Jim's mouth here!)

Here is the passage from Nehemiah that this situation reminded Jim about:

Neh 6:2,3 NIV Sanballat and Geshem sent me this message: "Come, let us meet together in one of the villages on the plain of Ono." But they were scheming to harm me; so I sent messengers to them with this reply: "I am carrying on a great project and cannot go down. Why should the work stop while I leave it and go down to you?"

Nehemiah's reply seemed very appropriate in the context of some of the items on the agenda, and the name of the plain where he was asked to meet became the shorthand answer to give when confronted by such distractions - "Oh no!"

Shirley followed with some compelling thoughts from Ellen White's book Education. I'll have to ask Shirley for the references. It seemed she read something from the first few sentences of the book that spoke directly to what we are trying to do in this program. The third passage she read spoke explicitly about "independent development"! I believe that all of us can humbly rejoice that we *are* doing a good thing in this Leadership program.

I felt honored to be invited to share this very intimate time with our friends, the Leadership faculty, and to be treated as an equal at their conference table. Something that impressed me over and over was that even when heavy topics were being discussed, the conversation never once degenerated into accusation or judgment or complaining self pity. It never came anywhere close, but was always entirely professional. And in spite of the heaviness of some of the topics, there was always an open, positive approach to finding solutions.

The current issue of "Bits and Pieces" has a piece by the editors about the magic word "yet". If you feel that something is too difficult or you don't have the time or the skill, and you are tempted to say "I can't do this", just add the word "yet". Say, "I can't do this yet". It can create a remarkable change in attitude.

Well, I would like to say that our faculty make this one step better. If something needs to be done, then they will find a way to do it *now*. Initially, it may have to be done in a different way from the way it needs to be done eventually, but they *will* find a way to do it now. For them, "I can't do this yet" becomes "I can do this now, even though I can't do it this way yet."

David

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David Heise
Chief Information Officer
Andrews University


email: dheise@andrews.edu
phone: (616) 471-6124
fax: (616) 471-6900
http://dheise.andrews.edu


From: James Tucker [tuckerj@andrews.edu]
Sent: Monday, May 03, 1999 11:43 PM
To: David Heise
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

David, your report cheered my heart! Thank you for your leadership.

Jim


From: dorihal@juno.com
Sent: Monday, May 03, 1999 11:57 PM
To: dheise@andrews.edu
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

I found the concept of saying "I can't do this yet" very interesting. In one of the tests we use with the handicapped children I work with, we are encouraged to say "not yet" to skills a child has not mastered rather than, "no, he cannot."
Dorisann

On Mon, 3 May 1999 22:43:42 -0400 "David Heise" <dheise@andrews.edu>
writes:
>Dear leadall,
>
>"The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our
>Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty
>Retreat.


From: Marilyn Eggers [meggers@atie.org]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 1:22 AM
To: David Heise
Cc: Dr. Shirley Freed; Dr. Jim Tucker
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

Hello David,

Thanks so very much for such a thorough and inspiring report of the leadership faculty retreat. Your report confirms my faith in the faculty and in the program itself. The faculty are truly servant leaders and exemplary role models for all of us. I'm happy that you were able to participate in the retreat and that you were willing to share it with the rest of us.

God is surely leading. I'm inspired! Now I'd better get back to studying.

Blessings,
Marilyn


From: Naomi Ludman [nludman@smc.cc.mi.us]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 12:20 AM
To: David Heise
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

David,

Your comments are insightful, inspiring and affirming. We have a wonderful faculty and wonderful participants in the Leadership Program.

Naomi

David Heise wrote:

> Dear leadall,
>
> "The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our
> Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty
> Retreat. 


From: Nmendez@aol.com
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 6:56 AM
To: dheise@andrews.edu
Cc: Leadall@andrews.edu
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

Hello David,
Thanks for giving me (us) access to the inner workings of our faculty-at-work. Yes, the operative word is "YET". I needed to hear it one more time. I am proud of being a part of this program and need the motivitation to stay the course.
Nydia


From: Carole Kilcher [carole@andrews.edu]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 7:12 AM
To: David Heise
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

Wow, David. Print this out for your portfolio. It is not only a wonderful reflection on what was but what is YET to come. Thanks.
ck

On Mon, 3 May 1999, David Heise wrote:

> Dear leadall,

> "The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our
> Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty
> Retreat.


From: Ruth Pope [popec@ma.ultranet.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 9:21 AM
To: David Heise
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

David, what a masterpiece of writing! I enjoyed your report and could almost hear some of the discussion. Thanks for taking time to represent us there.

Ruth

At 10:43 PM 5/3/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>Dear leadall,
>
>"The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our
>Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty
>Retreat.


From: Mark B. Thogmartin [markt@greenapple.com]
Sent: Tuesday, May 04, 1999 4:49 PM
To: Leadership - All
Subject: Re: The Sanctuary in the Wildwood

David and Leadership Faculty,

Thanks for the optimistic report of your retreat. This is why I am ever proud to be associated with this program!

Mark

At 10:43 PM 5/3/99 -0400, David Heise wrote:
>Dear leadall,
>
>"The Sanctuary in the Wildwood" is the name of a fabulous lodge that our
>Debi found on the web to be the venue for the 1999 Leadership Faculty
>Retreat.


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