On the Fulbright road, again!: Zadar, Opatija, Zagreb

Posted by jlubans on May 23, 2011  •  Leave comment (0)

Right after the Lithuania presentation, I headed for Croatia to do three Fulbright sponsored events.
20110524-MaineinZ.jpeg (I know this looks like a pic from coastal Maine, but it is not. Across from the red "lobster shack" is a Roman wall!)
First stop was at the University of Zadar in a beautiful ancient town on the southern coast. 20110524-pyramidZad.jpeg(Students completing the first round of the paper pyramid with observation feedback to each other.) There, at the invitation of Professor Tatjana Aparac Jelušić I gave a two hour class on teams & coaching to an undergraduate class in their library and information science program. That was on May 9.
May 11-13 found me in Opatija after a five hour bus trip along a coast-that-never-ceases-to-amaze! The only interruption in this scenic bonanza is Rijeka a ship building town with a Hungarian (long forgotten) and Italian (still current) history, and its own sights to see.
The adjacent resort community, north, is Opatija. How do you spell DELIGHTFUL? No, OPATIJA!
20110524-Shoulder.jpeg(The signature Opatija statue sits on my shoulder and a sea gull abides a while on her head!)
The conference hotel was the Hotel Adriatic and had its own pier, swimming area. Do you know that Opatija has a 12 kilometer walk along the cliffs above the beach, cutting through bistros, humble villas, not so humble villas, gardens, yacht clubs,and palatial restaurants, with water access to anyone, to everyone, anytime? Yes, 12 kilometers of shaded well paved walk ways only a few yards above the greenest, most inviting water to be seen.
20110524-casino.jpeg(One morning the dappled roof of the shuttered villa across from my hotel was luminous, if that's the word.)
There on May 12, I gave a keynote presentation based on my Klaipeda talk: "Leading from the Center or I "Borrowed the Shoes But the Holes Are Mine". One person, a veterarian and librarian, said I must have known what I was talking about since I angered the Darwinists by siding with Prof. Wilson and qouted from Lao Tzu.
Alisa Martek, Head of Library at the Croatian State Archives introduced me. The conference banquet was that night and you should NOT inquire as to how I did in the ZUMBA! dance contest.
20110524-bus.jpeg(It rained, a downpour, so changed our itinerary and the bus wound its way through the ancient streets to the Governor's palace.)
Saturday, May 13, we (50 conference attendees) toured Rijeka's Governor's Palace 20110524-palace.jpeg (Come in!)20110524-palace2.jpeg (This table leg griffin? caught my eye!)
and the newly constructed campus of the University of Rijeka, soon to be the site of large contingents of American students on their semester abroad programs. 20110524-new u of r.jpeg (This is a vast open deck space between two buildings with a view of the harbor)
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Ask me about the very tasty and highly agreeable grappa derived from mistletoe.
That night we made it to Zagreb just ahead of the rain that entire weekend. Naturally, being an Outward Bounder, what's a little rain? It only ADDS to the adventure!
Monday, I gave a talk on Internet Use (What Do Users Want? or "If the Phone Don't Ring, It's Me.") to a dozen or so staff at the Croatia State Archives.
We were back in Riga on May 17th, late afternoon.
ZUMBA!

"I Borrowed the Shoes But the Holes Are Mine.”

Posted by jlubans on May 01, 2011  •  Leave comment (0)

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The Klaipeda conference, April 27, 2011, in Lithuania, attracted 90 participants. Del Williams (Fulbrighter at Klaipeda U), shared the morning session with me. The afternoon session feautured four Lithuanian librarians reporting on research topics. One of the speakers (Gražina Lamanauskienė, Director of Šiauliai University Library) had applied the concept of "distributed leadership" to her library; I hope to post her slides here.

My talk: "Leading from the Center: ‘I Borrowed the Shoes But the Holes Are Mine.’”

Here's the abstract:
"Leading from the Center: Meaning, Experience and Implications."

Since the mid-2010 publication of his book, Leading from the Middle the author has reflected on the book’s central argument: the more democratic a workplace, the higher its productivity and creativity. This talk shares those reflections and experiences.

While reviews have been overwhelmingly favorable (a starred review in Library Journal!) some readers have questions about the book’s central argument. Indeed, some doubt that followers can lead.

If the democratization argument is even partially true, what are the implications for the various styles of leadership, from the hierarchical (systematized) to the most “Theory Y” of leaders? What are the implications for entry-level librarians who seek responsibility and a share in decision-making? What skill sets does a middle or senior manager need to evoke the best performance from beginning librarians, those who yearn for innovative and supportive work cultures and who prefer action over sitzfleisch.

The author will touch upon gender differences in leading/following as revealed in his research on women leaders in Latvia, done in collaboration with his students.

And, Lubans will share his observations about the few libraries with genuine staff empowerment. Also, he will draw upon organizational models from musical realms – the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and the Grateful Dead - along with his experiences in using a self managing teams model in his teaching a at the University of Latvia s part of his Fulbright scholarship.

Holding forth, making a point which now eludes me:
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Del Williams and me listening to afternoon presentat20110502-Del&me.jpgions: