Author Archives: Elizabeth Pyatt

PSEL: Caption Vendor Assessment

One stretch assignment I did early in the year was to lead a group to evaluate multiple caption vendors. I recruited and worked with a group multimedia and learning design specialists who had worked with the captioning process. As a … Continue reading

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PSEL: Have I Actually Improved?

We’re in the final stretch for the 2016 PSEL program and after a rough patch in the summer, I was wondering if I had actually improved in any area. One area I am confident I improved in is understanding my … Continue reading

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PSEL: Leadership Philosophy Final

Below is my first leadership philosophy draft: First Draft As a leader, I will rely on the expertise of my team and colleagues but provide vision and direction to move us forward. I will strive to maintain calm in the … Continue reading

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PSEL: Corporate Cultures (The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life)

My most recent book is Corporate Cultures: The Rites and Rituals of Corporate Life by Terence E. Deal and Allan A. Kennedy. First published in 1982 and updated in 2000, this is one one of the first commercially available books … Continue reading

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PSEL: Dissecting Presidential Leadership

WPSU provided an unexpected opportunity to think about leadership when it ran a series of recent American Experience presidential biographies over the summer in “honor” of the 2016 Presidential Election. They were particularly interesting because we saw some of the … Continue reading

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PSEL: Recruiting Volunteers

Since I am supposed to be writing about stretch experiences… My local embroidery group is part of a national organization with very formal rules, including election of board officers. In the past few years, we already “knew” who the officers … Continue reading

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PSEL: The Quasi-Reluctant Leader (Mid Year Checkup)

Why Leadership? When I’ve been telling people that I was in the PSEL program, more than a few asked if this was something I “really wanted.” It’s a fair question because leadership done well is hard work and usually without … Continue reading

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PSEL: The Cultural Labyrinth

This entry is a book review about Through the Labyrinth: The Truth About How Women Become Leaders (Eagly & Carli, 20007), a book I found both satisfying and frustrating. The premise of the book is that even though many obviously … Continue reading

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A Visit to Maker Commons

This post documents the experience of getting a print from the Penn State Maker Commons service. The good thing about Maker Commons is that you don’t need direct access to a 3D printer nor do you need to learn how … Continue reading

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PSEL: When You’re an Introvert….

For my leadership learning, I wanted to read the book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. My initial impulse was because I’m an introvert and have found myself frustrated by U.S. … Continue reading

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