Tale (Tail) of the Tyger
Rev. Dr. David Joyce, President of Ripon College
- What do you think of when you hear "Ripon"? Harrison Ford, Rippin' Good cookies, and now "The bike thing"
Goal: Appreciate the worth in yourself and others so that you can influence and create your own future
- We spend too much time picking things apart, and not enough time putting things together
- "Nothing endures but change" - Heraclitus (500 B.C.)
- The rules are changing in this economy - old ways of doing things don't necessarily work - can't just look to the past - it used to be that if stocks were down, then bonds were up - not right now!
- We instill fear in others to control what they do or don't do
- How much do we do or not do because we're afraid of what might happen?
- May be considered "inefficient" because time intensive - I meet with senior staff 4 hours each week to do this process
- #1 Mutual Worth - Begins with belief that "you have worth"
- #2 Authentic Interaction - What's going well? - everyone tends to jump to problem-solving too quickly - sometimes what's going well might be in our personal lives
- #3 Appreciative Understanding - everyone has a skill set, and they have more skills than you know - if you only look at those like you, all you'll get is those like you
- #4 Progressive Integration
- #5 Continuous Improvement
- #6 Transformation
- Motivation (memory, emotions, attitudes) > Decisions > Behaviors > Perceptions > Trust or Distrust
- Ask open-ended questions
- Instead of "Yeah, but" say "Yes, and"
- Enablers: awareness, reason, freedom, skills
The Bike Thing (Velorution):
- Ripon College is growing, and we were running out of car parking
- 1,100 students; 7,800 town residents > unhappy with students parking on streets
- "Creative Interchange":
- #1 Wish statement - "I wish/I would like it if... we didn't need to pave more green space to create parking lots for cars"
- #2 Another person paraphrases, then offers an idea - "We could give all incoming students a bicycle"
- #3 Next person paraphrases, then offers 4 reasons why they like the idea for every 1 wish statement
- #4 Continues until solution arrived upon - give out about 200 bikes per year