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Conflict Tip: Attack ideas, not people. Criticize action, not identity.

June 30, 2016 | 6:04 pm

When we encounter conflict, it is easy to take things personally, which can lead to name-calling, frustration, and general breakdown.

When dealing with a frustrating situation, if you would like to make traction, then do your best to isolate actions from your identity and to attack ideas, not people.

My simple suggestion is to acknowledge the other person and when talking about the frustration, identify what specifically is causing the friction. (e.g. When we are in lecture and I see you roll your eyes, I find it disrespectful. ) This allows a person to work on a specific action, rather than feeling that you don’t like a character trait that the person has.

– Bill Johnson, Leadership Facilitator

Look up, lean into it, and keep the form.

June 27, 2016 | 5:22 pm

The Summer I turned 22, I interned for the North Dakota Extension Service
working mainly with ND 4-H Camps in Washburn, ND. My primary responsibility as
an intern was to assess and offer sustainable alternatives to how the property was
being managed. To do so required me to immerse myself at camp.
An interesting fact about Washburn, ND is that it is home to one of the last
high dive boards in the state. Once or twice per week, the whole camp would travel
to this pool for an afternoon of fun. My first time that summer, as I walked onto the
pool deck, I saw children performing back-flips and other acrobatics off the high
dive. I immediately knew my challenge for the day: Learn how and execute a back-
flip from the high dive.
I made my way to the diving side of the pool and asked a young swimmer
named Jake what it takes to back-flip off the big board. He replied nonchalantly: “Oh!
That? You just back-flip!” I was amused with the lack of instruction, so I helped him
to break it down.
Me: “Jake, what’s the very first thing you do when on the board and about to back-
Jake: “Look up.”
Me: “Okay, once I’m looking up, what comes next?”
Jake: “Lean back.”
Me: “Good, what’s the last part?”
Jake: “Keep going.”
Me: “Is that all?”
Jake: “Yes!”
I made my way nervously to the board, looked up, leaned back, and promptly
freaked out once I was mid-air, resulting in a backward belly-flop. It was painful,
and when I exited the pool, Jake was there saying: “You didn’t keep going! You have
to keep going or else it’s always like that!” After two more tries, I finally did it! I
back-flipped off of the high dive!
As I start my 5th summer with NSLC, I believe that those words still apply to
my life and apply to you as well. Look up, lean into it, and keep going. Look up to the
new opportunities that you have through the field trips, academics, relationships,
and leadership series that are along this path. Take advantage and lean into each of
those areas when you are there. Be as present as possible so that you can fully
experience each piece, and keep going. Some of you will be learning and leading
together for the first time away from home, the first time on a plane, or perhaps you
are a seasoned travel veteran. In all cases, we come to these 10 days with something
to offer and something to learn. I’m excited to work with all of you.
Look up, lean into it, and keep going.
In leadership,
Bill Johnson

Q’s Leadership Tip of the Day

July 23, 2015 | 8:40 pm

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NSLC: Leadership Tip of the Day

July 12, 2015 | 8:28 am

Lead from the bottom. True and effective leaders understand, that they are only as good as the people they are leading. -Quentin Whitehead


Calling All Leaders

June 27, 2015 | 5:16 pm

“A powerful vision is a cornerstone of success. A leader who aims at nothing is sure to hit it every time.” – Quentin Whitehead, NSLC @ Northwestern Leadership Facilitator

a set of street signs with future and vision on them


August 06, 2012 | 1:04 pm

“Often people think of “leaders” as the dominant personalities in the room, but sometimes the best leaders are the people who know how to make things happen from within – people who can make change without ever needing to put themselves in the spotlight.”

-Joel Hilchey

NSLC at Northwestern, Leadership Facilitator


July 25, 2012 | 3:15 pm

Personality is a complex thing, and people have been trying to understand what makes us so different for a couple hundred years.  The bad news is that we’re still not exactly sure WHY.  The good news is that we HAVE learned a ton of stuff that can help you work better with people, lead people more effectively, and just generally achieve more.

– Joel Hilchey, Leadership Facilitator

Intro to Leadership Series

July 20, 2012 | 6:22 pm

“Juggling, like life, gets a lot simpler when you break it down.  If you want to learn to juggle, you start with one ball.  Break down the big tasks in your life into simple steps.”

– Joel Hilchey


July 07, 2012 | 2:37 pm

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

John Quincy Adams


June 25, 2012 | 5:54 pm

Leadership Facilitator, Joel Hilchey provides the tools for individual growth and  team development
“Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak.  Courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” – Sir Winston Churchill