at The Ohio State University
OPPORTUNITY: In 2003, like many other higher education institutions, Ohio State University started implementing cost recovery strategies for many of its programs. The OSU Leadership Center, for the first time since being created in 1990, faced the challenge of bringing more dollars into the program.
RESULTS: Fran Kick consulted on-site for three days to research and share ideas which would help strategically grow various areas of their program offerings to the numerous markets they served. In addition to exploring future curriculum modules and brainstorming program ideas, a number of potential product ideas were sketched out for the Leadership Center to produce. The first of which was a “lessons in leadership” video focusing on Coach Jim Tressel and the Ohio State Buckeyes. A draft outline for the video was written right then and there with Garee Earnest, Program Leader and Beth Flynn, Leadership Education Extension Associate.
Work began on campus with the OSU Athletic Department and in 2004 the project was featured in a presentation to the Association of Leadership Educators (ALE). The training package included:
- 30-minute training video (VHS and DVD)
- PowerPoint presentation slides
- Facilitator’s guide
- Opening activity
Up until Jim Tressel’s resignation in 2011, this training package was one of the signature programs and products offered by the OSU Leadership Center to their corporate, association, and organizational clients.
TEAMBUILDING WORKSHOP: The OSU Leadership Center hosted Fran Kick along with Mark Henson, sparkspace™ founder and chief imagination officer, for a teambuilding workshop designed to inspire teams to work at their best, get better at what they do, and have fun in the process. The public program took place on Tuesday, November 10, 2009 from 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. on the campus of The Ohio State University at the Nationwide and Ohio Farm Bureau 4-H Center.
The Ohio State University Leadership Center is led by a group of professionals dedicated to providing leadership-centered education and research to individuals, organizations and communities. They provide high-quality, practical programs to build and strengthen leadership capacities.
“Thank you for your wonderful insights and suggestions around cost recovery for the Leadership Center. It helped move us forward light years in our thinking!”
Garee Earnest, Ph.D. Associate Professor & Program Leader