Author Archives: Elizabeth Pyatt

PSEL: Conflict Resolution for the Long Term

The longest place I have lived in my entire life is State College, but I didn’t actually come here until my early 30s. Before that, the longest I ever lived in one place was in Boston…for grad school. Before that … Continue reading

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PSEL: Projecting Leadership (in the Movies of course)

Working Girl One of the most painful pieces of career advice I have received is that I that I needed to bump my wardrobe and makeup options if I wanted people to take me more seriously. I immediately flashed to … Continue reading

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PSEL: Acknowledging “Ugly” Priorities

Conflicting Priorities A concept from Tim Ballet’s presentation on ethics was the idea of conflicting values and priorities and how they complicate thinking about what the “ethical approach” to a problem might be. For instance allowing an employee time off … Continue reading

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Harriet Tubman: Changing Leadership Styles

Way back in April, Maurie Kelly talked about different leadership styles, not so we can pick the one we want, but to understand better what makes sense in a given context. Dr. Kelly pointed out that a democratic leadership style … Continue reading

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Leadership Philosophy

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 face of chaos and communicate clearly in a sea … Continue reading

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PSEL: Be honest with yourself, but be kind too

In the PSEL program, we are being asked to assess ourselves, and in some ways, it’s one of the most challenging parts of the program. Examining my “dark side” is always a little scary. And honestly, who wants to admit … Continue reading

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PSEL: The Many Roles of Captain Mancuso

When I think about how leadership is taught, portrayals from fiction are probably very influential, for better or worse. An interesting case to me is Commander Mancuso from the submarine movie The Hunt for Red October. I think it’s a … Continue reading

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PSEL: Leading by Listening

Several incidents in recent months are making me realize that one of the challenges of leadership, particularly leading groups of motivated individuals, is knowing how to pull back and make sure everyone has a chance to contribute. I’ve been in … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Storytelling Animal

About the Book This book reviews the roles and uses people make of “narratives”, both the positives of using stories to teach cultural morals and negatives of people being deluded by their own stories and nightmares. I became interested in … Continue reading

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Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?

About the Book Obstensibly, this book is about “self-segregation” or the idea that many African American students will, in fact, sit and work together in a racially mixed environment. Ultimately though, it is an explanation of how African Americans experience … Continue reading

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