2021 Executive Development Series for Deans

March 19-20, 2021

A program designed for leaders in higher education to gain practical leadership and management skills.

The Executive Development Series for Deans is open exclusively to the primary Dean/Chair/Director of AACN-Member Schools of Nursing. 

Tailored to the challenges and opportunities for those who serve as the Chief Academic Nursing Officer, this change management program examines The Inner Game of Leading Change. Given the complexity of the healthcare and higher education sectors, leaders need to be agile and change-capable. This program is designed to explore how to elevate performance and equip academic leaders to lead effectively within their institution. The program for the Executive Development Series for Deans has been developed by

The Nebo Company, a top DC-based leadership development firm, in consultation with AACN.


Friday, March 19

7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Registration and Networking Lounge Open 

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast  

8:30-9:00 a.m.          
Welcome, Opening Remarks, and Introductions  
Introduction of the Nebo team
Meet the team from The Nebo Company and learn about their leadership principles. The facilitators will consider the context of academic nursing and explore what is driving change for our institutions and our leaders. They will present an overview that prepares participants to make the most of the EDS program on leading change.  
Facilitator: Margo Street

9:00-10:00 a.m.
The Inner Game of Change  
The facilitators will begin by examining the context of academic nursing within which change is taking place. They will then introduce the Inner Game Formula (Performance = potential - interference) and demonstrate how to use this simple tool to remove barriers and open up possibilities.
Facilitator: Randy Chittum 

10:00-10:15 a.m.
Good Morning Coffee Break 

10:15-11:30 a.m.
Navigating Complexity 
The nature of higher education has changed dramatically as a result of new technologies, globalization, shifts in demographics and other forces. The facilitators will host a discussion of what complexity looks like in academic nursing today, inviting participants to identify and discuss the skills, perspective and capabilities they need in order to succeed in leadership roles. Attendees will explore concepts such as polarities and signals that serve as leadership tools for navigating complexity.
Facilitator: Randy Chittum

11:30-1:00 p.m.
Lunch (on your own) 

1:00-2:30 p.m. 
Accelerating Change 
As higher education evolves from a historically hierarchical system towards a more flexible, collaborative model, nurse educators must be able to see the structures, cultures and realities that influence outcomes. How do things actually “get done?” Who must be considered when leading change? The facilitators will introduce systems thinking and what leaders need to understand in order to influence change. Participants will be able to identify the eight levers for accelerating change in their institutions. 
Facilitator: Margo Street

2:30-3:00 p.m. 
Networking Break

3:00 p.m.-4:30 p.m. 
The Change Leaders Mindset 
Leading change can be challenging when looking at the same issues from the same angles. The facilitators will explore what it means to shift your mindset and begin to look at old issues in new ways. Participants will consider “the inner game,” including how to notice and overcome our physiological and psychological barriers to change. We will discuss strategies for reframing and simplifying the inner narrative of leading change in order to manage and lead complex issues with focus, confidence and perspective.
Facilitators: Margo Street & Randy Chittum

4:30-5:00 p.m. 
Reflections and Review of Day’s Learning  

6:00 p.m. 
Want to sample the local cuisine but prefer to go with company? Connect with other meeting participants for dinner and sign-up on the sheets posted near the Registration Desk. Participants are responsible for their own tabs and share of transportation costs (if any).

Saturday, March 20

8:00-11:00 a.m.
Registration and Networking Lounge Open 

7:30-8:30 a.m.
Light Continental Breakfast  

8:30-10:45 a.m.          
Change Leadership Intensive 
Attendees will apply the concepts reviewed during day one to discussions about how they can proactively prepare their institutions to be capable of the change coming with the new Essentials. The leaders will explore polarities as a new concept and map a polarity that they experience at their institution. They will consider how to harness the opportunities inherent in change to pursue what matters most.
Facilitators: Margo Street and Randy Chittum

10:45-11:00 a.m.
Closing Remarks  
Facilitator: Margo Street

Please note program is subject to change