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Mastering Leadership Students Say “See You Later”

July 10, 2017 | 8:10 pm

#NSLCMAST students bid their final farewells to their TA groups and new friends today, as they headed home different people than those who arrived at Rice University less than a week ago. Several students reflect on what they learned and why they enjoyed their NSLC experience.

Mastering Leadership Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

July 09, 2017 | 3:00 pm

#NSLCMAST students spent the morning volunteering at Rise Against Hunger, an organization dedicated to “end[ing] hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.” Go to www.riseagainsthunger.org to learn more!

MAST Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

MAST Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

MAST Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

To view more photos, check out our Flickr album.

Mastering Leadership Students Find Themselves on the Personality Matrix

July 07, 2017 | 9:02 pm

#NSLCMAST students learned about the Personality Matrix today during a session led by A’ric Jackson. Through an activity, students are divided into four personality groups based on how they respond to a series of questions. These groups were assigned a task: to come up with three strengths, three weaknesses, a mode of transportation, a movie, and a song that embodies their characteristics – before learning what Mr. Jackson’s definitions of these groups are. Each personality type (koala, peacock, owl, and lion) corresponds with a leadership style.

Which kind of leader are you? The brief descriptions below give a good idea of which characteristics are dominant forces in one’s personality. It is possible to have a mix, but go with your gut when reading the descriptions to see where you might find yourself on the personality matrix.

Thinker (Owl): Owls tend to analyze in their head a lot and process information internally. They are non-procrastinators and like to be prepared. Quality over quantity is their motto, and they like to be detailed and accurate. Owls are problem solvers, and tend to be task-oriented over people-oriented.

Director (Lion): Lions can be trusted to accomplish a task on time, and are very goal driven. If they can get a task done now, they’ll get it done now. They’re honest to a fault, and often find it easier to apologize than ask for permission.

Socializer (Peacock): Peacocks are the socializers of the groups – they’re the party people, and are often found where the action is. They are excellent when they themselves are excited and are fantastic at getting other excited. Peacocks are alliance builders and can be very persuasive. They’re idea people, so dreams and brainstorming is their game.

Relater (Koala): Koalas are warm and nurturing. They are people oriented and don’t want anyone to have his or her feelings hurt. Koalas are excellent listeners, are relaxed and approachable, and their strong network of close friends makes them great team players.

Mastering Leadership Students Learn About Commitment In Action

July 07, 2017 | 1:38 am

In this session, students are introduced to a new way of looking at commitment. To start, they were asked to define commitment and what it really means to them. We then examined how this applies to their everyday life, from people they know making commitments and giving them up within a matter of hours to those who make New Year’s Resolutions and only stick to them for a couple weeks. After discussing how often commitment is given up, the students were then put through an exercise to test their level of commitment. It sounds pretty easy, however, they were challenged to commit ONE action (no matter what it is) from point A to point B. This exercise truly escorts many of the students to exit their comfort zones.

After this exercise, students were able to see the importance of commitment and how it can really impact their own lives. This is followed up with the “Commitment Contract,” which students wrote up themselves based on what types of leaders they are committed to becoming. Once each student  created his or her “Commitment Contract,” they were encouraged to share these with the group, as everyone in the Mastering Leadership program is going through the same experiences this week with them. This created a space of safety and courage for them to share what they are really taking on for their lives, and ultimately drives them to create a future that they are going to commit to, no matter what.

MAST Students Learn About Commitment in Action

MAST Students Learn About Commitment in Action

MAST Students Learn About Commitment in Action

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Opening Ceremonies

July 06, 2017 | 12:40 am

#NSLCENGN, #NSLCHEAL, and #NSLCMAST students have arrived! Check out a few photos from their opening ceremonies:

Session 2 Opening Ceremonies

Session 2 Opening Ceremonies

Session 2 Opening Ceremonies

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Session 2 Begins at Rice University

July 06, 2017 | 12:00 am

Today, the NSLC at Rice University welcomed more than 170 students to Rice University for Session 2. Students in the Engineering, Medicine & Healthcare, and Mastering Leadership programs got checked and settled in, met their TA groups, conference staff, and workshop facilitators.

Session 2 Registration Day

Session 2 Registration Day

Session 2 Registration Day

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Over the next several days, you can follow along with the students’ activities. Check back here frequently – we’ll be sharing photos, videos, leadership tips, and more here every day we’re in session.

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Session 1, Departure Day

July 01, 2017 | 5:05 pm

Thank you all so much for following along with NSLC Session 1 at Rice University!

#NSLC Session 1 Closing

#NSLC Session 1 Closing

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Mastering Leadership Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

June 30, 2017 | 10:16 pm

#NSLCMAST students spent this morning volunteering at Rise Against Hunger, an organization that according to its website, is dedicated to “end[ing] hunger in our lifetime by providing food and life-changing aid to the world’s most vulnerable and creating a global commitment to mobilize the necessary resources.” Go to www.riseagainsthunger.org to learn more!

MAST Students Volunteer at Rise Against Hunger

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Mastering Leadership Students Learn About Trust and Negotiation

June 29, 2017 | 5:05 pm

#NSLCMAST students have had a busy day so far! In the morning, they met with Paul M. Lisnek, one of the founders of the NSLC, to learn about being effective negotiators. This afternoon, the students learned quickly how important trust and communication are. Students started with a Dyadic Encounter, in which students are paired up and given a list of topics to discuss, ranging from on-the-surface to deep questions about themselves and their goals for the future. With some trust built up, students proceeded to participate in a “trust walk.” In this exercise, some of the students were unable to see and/or speak, so others had to help guide them to the group’s final destination – all while walking in a single file line, hand in hand.

MAST Students Participate in Dyadic Encounter, Trust Walk

MAST Students Participate in Dyadic Encounter, Trust Walk

To see more photos, check out our Flickr album.

Mastering Leadership Students Find Themselves on the Personality Matrix

June 28, 2017 | 8:33 pm

#NSLCMAST students learned about the Personality Matrix today during a session led by A’ric Jackson. Through an activity, students are divided into four groups based on how they respond to a series of questions.

Which animal are you? The brief descriptions below give a good idea of which characteristics are dominant forces in one’s personality. It is possible to have a mix, but go with your gut when reading the descriptions to see where you might find yourself on the personality matrix.

Thinker (Owl): Owls tend to analyze in their head a lot and process information internally. They are non-procrastinators and like to be prepared. Quality over quantity is their motto, and they like to be detailed and accurate. Owls are problem solvers, and tend to be task-oriented over people-oriented.

Director (Lion): Lions can be trusted to accomplish a task on time, and are very goal driven. If they can get a task done now, they’ll get it done now. They’re honest to a fault, and often find it easier to apologize than ask for permission.

Socializer (Peacock): Peacocks are the socializers of the groups – they’re the party people, and are often found where the action is. They are excellent when they themselves are excited and are fantastic at getting other excited. Peacocks are alliance builders and can be very persuasive. They’re idea people, so dreams and brainstorming is their game.

Relater (Koala): Koalas are warm and nurturing. They are people oriented and don’t want anyone to have his or her feelings hurt. Koalas are excellent listeners, are relaxed and approachable, and their strong network of close friends makes them great team players.