Management as a Calling
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Program Structure


The novel structure of this program includes multiple touchpoints to build, test, reinforce and then build again your personal calling. The keystone is two remote retreats for guided self-examination and discernment. Overall, the program has four primary components.

  1. First Engagement: Between Friday September 16 and Sunday September 18, 2022 you will spend the weekend at the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston, MI. This site offers the ability to be fully immersed in nature while limiting technology.  For the entire visit, you will be asked to give up your cell phones and computers so as to remain fully present and focused on the task at hand. The weekend will be interspersed with (1) readings, (2) guided lectures and exercises, (3) peer mentoring and feedback, and (4) periods of self-reflection.  The weekend will yield a personal mission statement and letter to your future self to be received in March 2023.
  2. Second Engagement: Between Friday, March 31 and Sunday, April 2, 2023, you will spend the weekend at the Camp Nissokone in Oscoda, MI. There, you will be reconvened for further (1) readings, (2) guided lectures and exercises, (3) peer mentoring and feedback, (4) periods of self-reflection and (5) development of actionable strategies for maintaining your calling after you enter the workforce.  This will be an opportunity to discuss your letter to yourself, your personal mission statement, and your progress in responding to the challenges they each present.  This will be a chance to repeat and review your first immersion, adding new insights and adjustments as circumstances have changed. The weekend will yield a revised personal mission statement and second letter to your future self to be received in March 2024.
  3. Interim Lectures:  Between the first and second engagement, there will be 5 special lectures and seminars on the ideas, concepts and models of discerning a calling, the challenges in today’s society to which one might devote their calling and energy and presentations from leaders who have examined and exemplified the values and actions that we are seeking to instill in this program.
  4. Post Graduation:  One year after graduation, you will be invited to participate in virtual meetings that reinforce your sense of your calling and respond to your second letter to yourself.  These sessions will serve at least four purposes: (1) check-ins to see how everything is going in your pursuit of a calling in management. This will help to reinforce strategies and tactics for discerning your calling and guide discussion to respond to your letter to your future self; (2) an opportunity to refresh the lessons with some additional exercises; (3) a chance for the cohort to reconnect (both as a large group and in small breakouts) and provide support and encouragement to continue on the path you have set for yourself; and (4) an opportunity for the course organizers to obtain feedback and survey data on the effectiveness of the program for future cohorts. 


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