Storming the
Ivory Tower

Session 2

Ross A. Laird, PhD / @rosslaird

rosslaird.com

Discomfort

Positive

Whole
Person

(for educators)

Belonging

Trust

Autonomy

Mentorship

Emotional
Intelligence

Emotional
Safety

(for educators)

Core
Values

Growth
Mindset

Self-
reflection

Trauma
Healing

Self-
regulation

Self-
Awareness

(for educators)

Apply the
No Asshole
Rule

Cultivate
Relationships

Protect
Relationships

Curb
Asshole
Behaviour

Empathic
Listening

Empathy
Development

(for educators)

Ethical
Principles

Leadership

Personal
Responsibility

Mentorship
of
Others

Resilience

Character
Development

10 Steps to Resilience

Start early

Start where you are

Practice self-regulation

Nurture a positive mindset

Practice hope and optimism

Cultivate relationships

Celebrate small wins

Cultivate anti-fragility

Cultivate grit

Practice gratitude

(for educators)

Lead from
Desire

Cultivate
Emotional
Safety

Cultivate
Belonging and
Hope

Talk Less,
Do More

Lead from
Behind

Facilitation
Development

Build the Tallest Freestanding Structure: The winning team is the one that has the tallest structure measured from the table top surface to the top of the marshmallow. That means the structure cannot be suspended from a higher structure, like a chair, ceiling or chandelier.


The Entire Marshmallow Must be on Top: The entire marshmallow needs to be on the top of the structure. Cutting or eating part of the marshmallow disqualifies the team.


Use as Much or as Little of the Kit: The team can use as many or as few of the 20 spaghetti sticks, as much or as little of the string or tape. The team cannot use the paper bag as part of their structure.


Break up the Spaghetti, String or Tape: Teams are free to break the spaghetti, cut up the tape and string to create new structures.


The Challenge Lasts 18 minutes: Teams cannot hold on to the structure when the time runs out. Those touching or supporting the structure at the end of the exercise will be disqualified.

Tom Wujec's Marshmallow Challenge

(for educators)

Be Present,
Model Health

Assist with
Trauma
Healing

Stay in the
Conversation

Cultivate
Resilience

Encourage
and Care

Mentorship
Development

10 Steps to Healing Trauma

Seek mentorship

Identify disrupted self-regulation

Identify locked response patterns

Recognize broken containment

Resist adaptive coping

Train new response habits

Develop self-awareness

Find wisdom in the wound

Cultivate a growth mindset

Offer mentorship to others

(for learners)

Belonging

Trust

Autonomy

Mentorship

Hope

Emotional
Safety

(for learners)

Core
Values

Growth
Mindset

Meta-
cognition

Healing
Trauma and
Addictions

Self-
regulation

Self-
Awareness

(for learners)

Apply the
No Asshole
Rule

Cultivate
Relationships

Protect
Relationships

Curb
Asshole
Behaviour

Empathic
Listening

Empathy
Development

(for learners)

Ethical
Principles

Speaking the
Unspoken

Personal
Responsibility

Mentorship
of
Others

Resilience and Conflict
Resolution

Character
Development

+
Mentorship

Personal Development

(for educators)

+
Mentorship

Personal Development

(for learners)

Curiosity

Wonder

Resilience

Creativity

Purpose

Learning

Trust

Belonging

Start Here

Emotional
Safety

Continue the Conversation.

That’s how change happens.

Feel free to get in touch.

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Storming the Ivory Tower Session 2

By Ross Laird

Storming the Ivory Tower Session 2

A workshop on positive change in post-secondary education, at Douglas College: session 2

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