Quick Tips are a resource for student leaders around a variety of topics. Quick Tips can be used for individual development or to further group understanding of a particular topic. If you would like to learn more about one of the topics, or have the LEAD Center provide a workshop for your organization on one of the topics, please contact, Tamara McMillan, Associate Director of Student Life at 878-4631.

Quick Tips on Using Your Advisor (.pdf)
Whether you are involved in a social or special interest group, Greek organization, a cultural group, or an educational program, a strong student/advisor relationship can help the organization succeed.  Remember by working together, the advisor and student form a sharing relationship from which all of the College benefits.

Quick Tips on Assertiveness (.pdf)
Being assertive is thinking and acting in ways that stand up for your legitimate personal rights.  Assertive behavior is honest and direct and communicates respect for the other person rather than deference.  Being assertive isn’t easy, it takes practice!

Quick Tips on Dress for Success (.pdf)
When going on a job interview or to a professional conference, make sure to pay close attention to the details of how you’re dressed and how you present yourself to the professional world.  Paying attention your personal appearance and hygiene, demonstrates a commitment to detail in your overall personality and work situations.

Remember, you only get one chance to make that first and lasting impression!

Quick Tips on Goal Setting (.pdf)
Whether it is to go to class, finish a project at work, or organize a program, certain objectives are set for each of us, even if it is not a conscious decision.  The fact is most of us have multiple goals, some of which are very complicated or long-range.  Knowing how to set and accomplish our goals, is one of the most important life skills we have.

Quick Tips on Meeting Management (.pdf)
There are three types of meetings: data gathering, information sharing, and problem solving.  You may find it helpful to decide what kind of meeting you are going to have before it starts and plan accordingly.

Quick Tips on Mediation (.pdf)
Mediation is a process used to resolve conflict.  The people involved can sit face to face and discuss their disagreement.  This uninterrupted communication makes it possible for each side of the dispute to be heard.

After the problem has been defined, disputants create possible solutions; evaluate the results and work towards reaching a win/win agreement that all parties can live with.  It is the mediator’s role to facilitate disputants through this process.

Quick Tips on Motivation (.pdf)
Motivation is all those factors that make people act and move towards a certain goal.  Different people are motivated by different things (achievement, recognition, growth, enjoyment, etc.).  Keep the individual in mind and work to satisfy the different needs that arise.

Quick Tips on Service Learning (.pdf)
Service Learning is a method of which students learn and develop through active participation in thoughtfully organized service experiences that meet actual community needs.  It is integrated into the students’ academic curriculum or provides structured time for students to think, talk, or write about the service activity.  It enhances what is taught in school by extending student learning beyond the classroom and into the community and helps to foster the development of a sense of caring for others.  Students are given the opportunity to use newly acquired skills and knowledge in real life situations.

Quick Tips on The Social Change Model of Leadership Development (.pdf)
Research on successful leaders tells us that effective leadership emphasizes collective action and shared power rather than “command and control”.  This requires a passionate commitment on the part of the “leader” to the idea of social justice.  Effective leaders are described as being self-aware, trusting of others, doing their homework and listening to and empowering others.  Based in part on insights provided by a national study, the leadership model described here is designed to emphasize clarification of values, the development of self-awareness, trust, the capacity to listen and serve others, and through collaborative work, to create change for the common good.

Quick Tips on Time Management (.pdf)
Like most people, you probably feel rushed, as if you never have enough time for everything you need or want to do.  That can be corrected, though, if you are willing to make some changes in your life. You have to evaluate what you want, what you value, and what you expect. Once you understand the demands that are placed on you, you can start to manage your time successfully.

Quick Tips on Transferable Skills
Through your education, work experience, and community activities you have developed certain skills that will be attractive to employers and that will be appropriate for many situations.  It is important to know yourself, your skills and your abilities before exploring a new direction, whether it is in employment or in life. -National Community Service Act of 1990.

For More Information Contact Tamara McMillan
Associate Director of Student Life for Leadership
Campbell Student Union, Room 400