"Why Right Brainers Will Rule The Future"; The Case for Leadership Education
 From Daniel Pink’s (2006) book, A Whole New Mind: Why Right-Brainers Will Rule the Future
We will explore workplace learning and performance by providing a new way to approach problem-solving, using right brain thinking as described by Daniel Pink in his book, A Whole New Mind. Such right brain thinking is a critical strategic approach to facilitating effective organizational change and development, as well as human development. We include coaching as a core competency addressed by this presentation because we believe those who understand, implement, and promote or develop right brain thinking can more effectively coach others and promote large-scale change in the way problems are addressed and solved. This, in turn, will enhance organizational knowledge and performance.
About Our Presenters:
Leigh G. Mundhenk, PhD
Leigh is Associate Professor and Director of Field Experiences at the University of Southern Maine at Lewiston- Auburn College, where she has taught career development courses and run the internship program for 11 years. Prior to that she taught graduate courses in business and counseling, and co-directed the Center for Continuing Education. Leigh is also an Organizational and Personal Development Consultant, specializing in career development. Her earlier work experience includes eighteen years with Johnson & Johnson, where she held various managerial positions in sales, marketing, and training. Leigh published numerous training designs for the McGraw-Hill Sourcebook, as well as the ASTD/ Active Training Team and Organizational Development and Training and Performance Sourcebooks, edited by Mel Silberman PhD, with whom she studied and regarded as her mentor. Prior to moving to Maine, Leigh was actively involved as a board member in the Philadelphia chapter of ASTD and was active in the Maine chapter for several years. Leigh holds a BS in Psychology from Duke University, an MS in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in Psycho-educational Processes from Temple University.
Betty Robinson, Ph.D. in Sociology from Boston University, came to USM’s Lewiston-Auburn College (LAC) in 1988 to co-found the Management and Organizational Studies bachelors’ program which became the Leadership and Organizational Studies program in 1996. Shortly after, she became Dean of the College, and served in that position for seven years, before returning to faculty in 2003 to teach in both the undergraduate and newly established masters’ program in Leadership Studies. Within her field, Dr. Robinson focuses on the integration of the concept of social capital with leadership theory, as well as on new thinking about what leadership can mean for the 21st century and our shrinking globe. She has been an active member of the International Leadership Association for the past nine years and co-authored their Guidelines for Leadership Education Programs. Having served on many regional and statewide boards, she currently sits on the Board of the Maine Community Foundation.