At the 2015 Fall Regular Meeting, it was decided that we should have a brainstorming session at the Spring Meeting and focus on a few selected topics of interest to the committee and the university. The format and content of the meeting was left open for future development. Let’s use this forum to discuss our options.
The agenda has been cleared except for the mandatory committee matters and I plan to dedicate the entire meeting to the meeting of the Mastermind Group.
From Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich:
The “Master Mind” may be defined as: “Coordination of knowledge and effort, in spirit of harmony, between two or more people, for the attainment of a definite purpose”. At the next meeting, we will have as many as 15 industry professionals, 5 or so professors, many students and guests. This is quite a mastermind group to work with. I suggest that our definite purpose should be to improve the program by finding solutions to particular problems, by developing ideas for a future course of action, or something similar.
We may have as much as two and a half hours to dedicate for this purpose. Perhaps we could pick 3 – 5 topics, and spend 30 – 45 minutes on each. Perhaps we should set a timer so that we don’t go over time. Perhaps we should sort the topics in order of importance and address the most important ones first, and dedicate more time to those. Perhaps we should leave time for a “wildcard” or two at the end to cover topics that we may think of during the meeting. Each topic should have a definite purpose, or desired outcome. I feel that we should focus this time on brainstorming rather than receiving a presentation.
Personally, I think we should primarily leave it to the faculty to come up with topics for discussion, as they are most familiar with the needs (or weaknesses) of the program, but that shouldn’t stop members of the committee from making suggestions. I recommend that members post their suggestions for topics in the comment form below, as well as suggest ideas for the format. I suppose the format may largely depend on the number and nature of the topics that we come up with. We have plenty of time before the next meeting to prepare, but let’s not wait until the last minute.
I am excited about this meeting as I am certain that it is going to be the most productive and informative yet.