BSILI 2016: Welcome to the Mountain!

First of all, welcome to BSILI! We are so glad to have you here at the mountain with us, dedicating time to be leader for your yourself, your college, and your students.  For so many of us, BSILI has been, and continues to be, an intensive and transformative experience.  We hope it is the same for you.

Now, Get ready to BSILI!

Marshmallow Challenge


Groups took up the challenge and did an amazing job!


  1. Create strong relationships and trust; they support learning.
  2. Engagement:
    1. Active participation
    2. Active listenting
      1. Eye contact
      2. Body language
      3. Letting others finish
  3. Embrace being a learner.  It’s okay not to know.
  4. Relaxed atmosphere, positive
    1. Engender creativity
  5. Embrace repetition
  6. Share your stories with each other
  7. Creating curiosity and even making people a little uncomfortable

Additional ground rules?

  1. Raise hands and stop talking to quiet and transition back together
  2. Assume best intentions from each other

Simon Sinek: “How Great Leaders Inspire Action”

Klein Article – Is Real Change Possible?

Change is possible, but we need to attend to some things:

  • Culture can go unnoticed, but needs to be attended to.
  • Seeing others’ “why” can support change.
  • Take the time to understand that we are often discussing the same thing.
  • There is a role for leaders in change, at all levels.  We need a leader to move vision.
  • Leaders being the change they want to see on campus.
  • Become that leader, if no one else is “leading the way.”
  • Maximize human resources (capital) on campus; leverage expertise and passion.
  • Have a sense of urgency to initiate change.

Day 0.5 Slides

If you’d like to access today’s slides, click the following link: Day 0.5 slides.


  1. Post group “why” with group picture to BSILI Facebook group.
  2. Quadrant video/storyboard
  3. If you have not read the Wenger article (assigned pages) and chosen several “golden lines” to discuss, please do so now.

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