What do Harvard Macy Institute scholars gain from their experience in our programs?
The Harvard Macy Institute’s programs foster deep study, active engagement, group learning, and ample opportunity for feedback, reflection, and knowledge exchange. Program participants frequently cite the importance of being introduced to the diversity of perspectives on health care, education, and institutions represented by the diverse backgrounds of fellow scholars.
Our scholars also report transformational learning experiences in which they learn to examine their own assumptions and behaviors in a new light, leading to fresh approaches to their career and their capacity as a leader of organizational change.
Benefits to individuals include:
- New professional bonds that often result in the creation of networks and collaborations that extend over years and contribute to the progress of institutional change projects
- An appreciation for and a commitment to enhance multdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration
- Input to advance professional project endeavors, potentially resulting in publication, recognition, or promotion
- A collegial think tank atmosphere promoting and inspiring deep thinking and engagement with the real issues affecting their work, and themselves
On the Leading Innovations Program, "I attended the meeting after having already been involved in several innovations around the development of new medical schools in 4 countries, sometimes at leadership level, and so was more experienced than some other attendees. However, I still found the meeting to be very useful. I was able to immerse myself for a week in other kinds of thinking and encouraged to consider how to translate concepts into medical education. The small group exercises allowed us to discuss the meaning of other models and theories and to merge, translate and develop potentially new ways of approaching familiar tasks. Group membership was deliberately diverse, so I was constantly having to think about things from the perspectives of different levels of experience and different health and education systems. For me the main benefit came in the weeks after the meeting, as I returned to my usual job but continued to reflect on the discussions during the meeting and thought throughways of applying what I had learned. I have since changed the way I work by increasing my focus on leading, rather than implementing, change."
Richard Hays, M.D., Dean, School of Medicine, Keele University, UK
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