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SELDP General Program Schedule
July 9, 2012

Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program General Schedule

Below is the general program schedule. Specific dates are provided to program participants.

Date Leadership Workshop Activity Summary
June Home Center and Assignment Mentor's Assigned.and Mentoring Initiated
Participant Planning Teleconference
Session I - Orientation Held - Program Initiation
August – October Developmental Assignments Begin
Individual and Group Technical Training Begins
October/November Session II - Systems Engineering Leadership Workshop I
February Session III - Systems Engineering Leadership Workshop II
May Session IV - Re-Entry Workshop
July Closing Workshop and Graduation
August Developmental Assignments End - 12 months after Initiation
Individual and Group Technical Training Completed
Assignment Mentoring Engagements Closed
Final Reports and Program Evaluations Due from Participants
Leadership Coaching Engagements Transitioned to Home Centers

Session Activities and Expected Outcomes

Below is a description of the Activities and Expected Outcomes for each of the Sessions referenced above.

Leadership Assessment and Workshop Design Elements

Actual program workshop designs will be re-evaluated annually and be designed to accommodate the need of the majority of Program participants in that year's class and the opportunities available.

Pre-Program Participant Assessments

Participants may complete assessment instruments prior to starting their developmental assignments, including:

  1. Systems Engineering 360° Feedback
  2. Emotional Intelligence
  3. Myers-Briggs Type Instrument
  4. Critical Thinking

Workshop Design Elements

Session I - Program Orientation Workshop

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Program Overview: Set course for year-long development program. Provide detailed program information including travel and program requirements. Clarify program expectations.
  2. Understanding of NASA's Systems Engineering Goals: Dialogue with the NASA engineering leadership. Obtain first-hand understanding of Agency goals from leaders and gain insight into how participants can align their development year to most effectively meet these goals.
  3. Assessment Feedback and Coaching Initiated
  • Explore personal leadership styles and effectiveness.
  • Systems Engineering 360°: Provide individual coaching on Systems Engineering 360° and develop coaching goals for the year, aligned with NASA's systems engineering leadership behaviors.
  • Myers-Briggs Team Building Activity: Designed to build understanding and trust among the participants, learn each others strengths and development goals and build a strategy of peer coaching and supporting each other in attaining stretch goals.
  • Life Cycle Model in which participants learn how to effectively handle transitions through the five major phases of life: start up, growth, maturity, productivity, and endings. This learning supports participants in effectively moving out of their previous jobs and more powerfully engaging in their developmental assignments.
  • Training in Systems Thinking: Participants learn to understand problems in the context of the larger system in order to create sustainable, long-term solutions and limit negative unintended consequences. Learning includes understanding the parts of the system, their interrelationships, and the system that is created as a result of these interrelationships.
  • Benchmarking: If the Orientation is held on or near a NASA Center the participants will be provided with the opportunity to visit and learn about the Center's systems engineering environment and engage in discussions with Center systems engineering professionals.


Session II - Systems Engineering Leadership Workshop I

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Center Benchmarking and Masters Forum Held with Top Agency Systems Engineers: Panel, briefings, and small group dialogues will enable participants to learn from NASA's leading systems engineers. Center Engineering Directors are encouraged to attend. A Center benchmarking tour will be part of this workshop when scheduled at or near or a Center.
  2. Speaking Powerfully as a Sysems Engineering Leader: Participants focus on what it takes to produce powerful, measurable results through others. Refocuses participants' highly refined technical skills and talents toward producing powerful, measurable results through others. Through this model participants learn to create a shared vision and alignment; identify tangible, valuable results to achieve Agency goals; and create actions that produce these results.
  3. Leading with the Brain in Mind: Participants learn how individuals and organizations use brain science to understand how to enable individuals and organizations to perform their best.
  4. Leadership Choices Model: Further exploration into learning how to speak powerfully as a leader and getting into action around vision.

Session III - Systems Engineering Leadership Workshop II

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Project Management Challenge: Participants attend the NASA Project Management Challenge to gain insight and understanding of the larger program, project and systems engineering arenas inside and outside NASA.
  2. Communications Training Conducted: Communications training conducted in Crucial and Confrontational Communications or Coaching for Supervisors and Managers to improve participants' ability to deal with difficult conversations and to motivate and support employees' improved performance.

Session IV - Reentry Workshop

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Executive Presence: Executive presence skills developed. Builds on skills obtained in Workshop II on Speaking Powerfully as a Leader.
  2. Center Benchmarking: Center systems engineering tour and briefings by Center and Engineering Directors.
  3. Develop individual re-entry strategies to facilitate return to Centers.
  4. Create Professional Profile: Create individual written resumé of experiences, accomplishments, and qualifications.
  5. Leadership Coaching: Face-to face coaching provided to continue to support participants in reaching their coaching goals.

Session V - Closing Workshop and Graduation

Activities and Outcomes

  1. Celebrate SELDP Accomplishments: SELDP participants brief and dialogue with EMB about their learning experience and accomplishments.
  2. Close out the learning community experience and build ongoing communication and networking strategy.
  3. Graduation exercise and acknowledgement.
  4. Outside Leadership Benchmarking: Site visits will be conducted with organizations that are leaders in systems engineering. These site visits may be at industry of other Federal Agency locations. Top leaders in these organizations will brief participants on their process and key learning.
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