Individual Development Course

Purpose:
The purpose of the Individual Development Course (iDC) is to equip the participants with a variety of personal, interpersonal, group, and project management skills that will help them develop as leaders in their professional lives, families, churches, communities, and Lodges. The focus of this course is not on Masonic issues or skills that are specifically related to Freemasonry, but rather on personal skills to help them in their everyday lives. It is comparable to executive management training courses given in the corporate world costing thousands of dollars. A student completing this curriculum will be able to identify his core values and goals, communicate those goals to others, create and work with teams to achieve them, manage time effectively, mentor and empower others, and develop an understanding of the process needed to effect change in the behavior and attitudes of a group or community.

Curriculum:

• Identifying core values
• Creating and casting a vision
• Understanding and setting priorities
• Time management
• Using a daily planner
• Public speaking
• Effective writing
• Telephone etiquette
• E-mail communication
• Creating press releases
• Building a team
• Facilitating group discussions

• The hallmarks of an effective group
• Mentoring and empowering others
• Dealing with difficult people
• Project management methods
• Social marketing and effecting change
• Creating effective surveys
• Evaluating and analyzing data
• Creating a plan for personal growth
• Understanding the levels of leadership

Methodology:
The course is presented as a combination of individual study and monthly face to face sessions held over a period of six months at locations across the state. These group meetiings make take place at formally organized training centers or locally in your own District if you have six to ten interested participants (including family members if your group so wishes). The sessions are designed to provide the participants with the skills that they will need to develop as leaders and to complete a final group project. The self-study component consists of reading several chapters in the workbook, answering the review questions for each, and preparing for the class breakout sessions by reviewing the topics that will be discussed. These chapters are designed to enable students to absorb core concepts and information at their own pace. The format of the monthly face to face sessions is a combination of breakout discussions where participants can explore and further develop their new skills under the guidance of a facilitator and project work where the skills are applied in practical situations. As the course proceeds, students will begin to use their skills as facilitators and project managers as they lead their own groups under a facilitator’s supervision. They will employ their skills in communications and dealing with diverse groups as they survey other organizations, analyze the data, and employ the process of social marketing to identify an issue and create a project to effect a change in the attitude or behavior of a target group. Students are expected to commit to attending all of the course sessions and class prerequisites.

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