Leadership at Lunch

The Leadership at Lunch series focuses on current events in Bloomington and Monroe County. In these conversations, we will explore how our community is responding to such events and its impact on our local economy, education, and childcare. We will also address the long-term consequences for our community’s development, leadership, resilience, and more.

Whether you are new to the community or looking for a deeper dive into local current events, this lunchtime series will provide valuable insights, a broader perspective, and an expanded network of people and resources.

Developed by the LBMC alumni board, this series is open to all via Zoom. We hope you will join the conversation.

Leadership at Lunch Schedule

Oct 15, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

Building resilience.

Hosted by Tatiana Kolovou, Kelley School of Business professor and professional communications coach, an explanation of how to bounce back from difficult situations and build your “resiliency threshold.”

Have trouble getting by when the going gets tough? Everyone wants to perform well when the pressure is on, but a lot of us withdraw in times of stress or adversity. If you can build your resilience, you’ll have an easier time facing new challenges and develop a skill that employers value.

Professor Kolovou outlines five training techniques to prepare for difficult situations and five strategies for reflecting on them afterward. Find out where you are on the resilience scale, identify where you want to be, and learn strategies to close the gap.

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Nov. 5, 11:30 a.m.–1:15 p.m.

“Lead the Change: Creating Organizational Change That Sticks.”

Hosted by: Chris Fleming, Franklin College

Chris Fleming is the Robert A. Johnson Endowed Chair of Leadership at Franklin College, and a business instructor of supply chain, marketing, and introduction to business fundamentals.

Most organizations want to improve and change for the better, but too often people inspire change initiatives at work only to encounter resistance from peers or followers, or find employees settling back into the “old way” of doing things. This session addresses the psychology of how people see their value in organizations, why they are resistant to change, and offers practical advice on how leaders can foster meaningful change that employees will embrace.

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Nov 12, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m.

From Enemies to Friends

Americans are (obviously) deeply divided today. We must find ways to rediscover bonds that harmonize our relationships with each other. This presentation looks at the way that—apart from government and politics—we can take steps to stop thinking of each other and instead, to regain our friendship through “cultural artifacts” such as music, sports, film, and yes, even our pets. We’ll explore some new ways to use these artifacts in conjunction with psychological models of moral and spiritual development in our work life and other day-to-day interactions

Hosted by: Timothy Fort, Kelley School of Business

Timothy L. Fort holds the Eveleigh Professorship in Business Ethics and is Professor of Business Law & Ethics at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University. He received his BA and MA from the University of Notre Dame and his PhD and JD from Northwestern University. He taught at the University of Michigan from 1994-2005 and at George Washington University from 2005-2013.

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