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Distance Based Learning System

The MCH-PHLI supports your leadership learning while at your home organization, not just while you are in the intensive leadership development sessions here in Chapel Hill. We have a 10-point continuous learning system that will help you customize your learning to your specific needs and interest areas.

Continuous Learning System

Details of the Continuous Learning System: A 10-Component Approach to Personalizing Leadership Development in the Home Environment

The 10 approaches to leadership development listed below encourage each Fellow to customize the program to their learning needs. For example, those at the earlier stages of career development will likely benefit from additional MCH-Public Health related information compared to those who have been in the field for extended periods. Others dealing with difficult challenges with staff or their partners might desire a slightly different set of tools compared to a leader who wants to develop skills related to advocacy, budget, or policy issues. Each of the 10 components of the Continuous Learning System of this Program and each of these sub-components have multiple facets. Fellows will be guided by their executive coach to maximize their experience through MCH-PHLI.

If you become an MCH-PHLI Fellow, here is what you will experience from your own office. This has been designed to be completed in an average of 2 hours per week.

Continuous Learning System Expectations

CLS Component # offerings # expected to complete
Individual Development Plan 1 1
Executive Coaching Sessions 10 4
Online Leadership Diary 20 6
Peer Coaching 10 4
Topic Specific Conference Calls/Webinars 10+ 4
Just In Time Training Modules 22 6
Personal Leadership Project 1 1
  1. Individual Development Plan - In this program you will develop a structured set of personal goals for furthering your skills in the core areas of the program: individual leadership, managing organizations and people, and MCH systems level impacts. Setting each goal helps you REACH each goal, since it includes a self reflection of your current level of skill development, the steps you will take to hone this ability, and measures by which you will attain success. These goals will guide your personal, private Executive Coaching sessions and will inform Peer Coaching sessions.
  2. Executive Coaching Sessions - You will have a minimum of four private and up to ten confidential sessions with a professional and experienced executive coach (Dr. Fernandez or Dr. Steffen). These sessions cover understanding and interpretation of leadership assessment instruments as well as a variety of leadership and management issues that are of critical importance to you. These sessions are guided by the Individual Development Plan but are driven by your emerging needs and issues as you progress through the program.
  3. Online Leadership Diary - This web-based skills inventory demonstrates your competence in the major learning objectives of the program following a powerful method known as the Behavioral Event Interview (BEI). This BEI method is a core skill for both hiring appropriately as well as for managing your own career progression. It trains you in essential interviewing skills. Your online leadership diary is viewable only by you, the Executive Coaching staff, and the program evaluators. The Online Leadership Diary gives you practical experience in developing behavioral statements related to your performance of the top 20 skills taught in the various parts of the program. Completing this portion of the program will help you become a stronger interview candidate as well as be more effective in interviewing and hiring others.
  4. Peer Coaching - In this Leadership Institute you will be placed into a Peer Coaching team, taught Peer Coaching skills (a skill essential to developing others) and meet monthly for phone-based peer coaching sessions. The Personal Leadership Projects will serve as the primary topics of the Peer Coaching experience. Peer Coaching teams will be grouped by like-projects to capitalize upon peer support and networking.
  5. Topic Specific Conference Calls - Monthly phone-based conference calls will give you access to speakers and key individuals in the field using a low-tech, informal, and yet highly personal approach (successful Fellows attend at least 4 calls during their Fellowship Year). You can choose which topics you wish to attend and thus further customize your learning. We encourage Fellows to request speakers with whom they wish greater contact. All calls will be recorded and made available as podcasts and downloadable MP3s for those who cannot attend a session of interest.
  6. Webinars - A series of 8 webinars offer another opportunity for you to customize your learning through MCH-PHLI (successful Fellows attend at least 3 webinars). You can see the current list of upcoming sessions by clicking on the Retreat Schedule and Continuous Learning System link.
  7. "Just-In-Time" Training Modules - With the MCH-PHLI you will have access to a library of more than a fifteen web-based programs that provide leadership and management training on the most requested topics. This format offers a unique opportunity for you to further customize your learning and to revisit complex skills as you work on your development. Successful Fellows will complete at least 4 sessions, but you will have access to all materials.
  8. Program Readings - As an MCH-PHLI Fellow, you will be given regular readings from books and articles pertinent to the themes of the program and interests of the cohort.
  9. Internal and External Mentoring - Fellows benefit both being a Mentor and a Mentee. As a leadership development task we ask Fellows to identify a mentor to work with who can be of help either with the Fellow's Personal Leadership Project or with their career management. We teach Fellows how to nurture and develop relationships with Mentors. MCH PHLI connects Fellows with an MCH-PHLI Mentee in the following cohort to serve as an "upperclassmate" and navigator in the program.
  10. Personal Leadership Project - The capstone experience for MCH-PHLI is a Personal Leadership Project. As a Fellow, you will develop and implement a leadership project to impact a system, organizational, or community based issue during your Fellowship experience. Projects will include fiscal analysis as well as evaluation of process and impact measures. Fellows can apply in teams to work collaboratively on projects of larger scope or boundary-spanning natures. Many of the skills developed in the MCH-PHLI retreat and distance-based sessions will be exercised in the design, implementation and evaluation of each Fellow's leadership project. Since these projects should be of sufficient complexity to require more than a 12-month time frame, the Fellowship year will focus on project planning and initiation. Fellows will complete their projects in an 18-24 month time frame. For example, Cohort 1 Fellows Personal Leadership Projects should be completed at the end of their first post-graduate year (June 2012 for the first cohort, June 2013 for the second cohort, etc). During the first post-graduate year, Fellows participate in ongoing Peer Coaching calls and the Project and the MCH-PHLI Evaluation team will continue to assess the status of their projects. Fellows will have the opportunity to present their projects at MCH-PHLI Partner meetings.