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Wow!  That’s all I could think when this morning at 11:00, I had the extraordinary privilege of facilitating the final class and graduation ceremony of Kearney’s first ever Leadership Acceleration Program cohort. It has been an amazing year with these three very smart and extremely busy pioneers in the Kearney program.

The cohort included Farrell Calcaterra from Baldwin Filters, Peggy Dobish from Kearney Clinic, and Jennie Nollette from the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce. These folks made a powerful investment in their future as what we call “prodigious” leaders. I love that word, look it up! Synonyms include wonderful, marvelous, stupendous and exceptional, and each of them is all of that!

Once a month for four hours, the cohort gathered to learn skills and behaviors that exemplify the finest traits of leadership. The curriculum they chose was based on the topics they agreed would give each of them the maximum benefit in their workplace. With 70 such curriculum units to choose from, deciding on the 12 most powerful for them was one of the first of many collaborative actions in the group’s twelve month journey.

The best thing about learning in this manner is that after each session, “homework” was simply a matter of “test driving” their newly learned tool or technique in their day-to-day activities at work. No time or effort was spent on fluffy strategy and theory instead, real-life, rubber-hits-the-road methods were shared and then practiced upon return to their office. Each cohort subsequently reflected on how it was working for them and “tweaked” what they learned until the next month. By then, the new habit had been implemented and taken root in their daily routine.

Each lesson added another layer of learning to the previous one until today, as we reflected over what we had learned during the past year, we fully realized that each session was completely intertwined with the rest; inseparable and vital to the whole. Together it all created a perfect “tapestry” of leadership components, strong and beautiful.

The Leadership Acceleration Program is unique because it is the only non-academic curriculum of its type that qualifies for three Master’s level hours at any accredited college AND the only one designed with metrics that can demonstrate real measurable results in areas of both confidence and competence. For more information, contact Ellison Partners at 402.884.7300. Classes are forming now and size is strictly limited.

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