Workshop to offer information about leadership during difficult times

An upcoming workshop will offer information about leading businesses and organizations during difficult times.

The workshop, part of the Hilltop Community Resources Leadership Series, is scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m. March 24 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Court in Grand Junction. Admission is $30. Call 242-4400 to register.

The workshop is designed for business owners and managers as well as leaders in the government and nonprofit sectors.

Allan Wallis, an associate professor of public policy at the University of Colorado Denver, will lead the workshop. Wallis teaches and conducts workshops on leadership and ethics.

Wallis will base the Grand Junction workshop on the example of polar explorer Ernest Shackleton during a 1914 expedition to Antarctica. After his ship was trapped and then crushed by ice, Shackleton and his crew made their way to an uninhabited island. Shackleton then led a six-man crew aboard a 22-foot life boat across 800 miles of ocean to find help. Shackleton eventually rescued his entire crew, all of whom survived the ordeal.

Wallis will cover such topics as realizing when a business or organization is stuck, building capacity to meet challenges, providing a clear and elevating vision, dealing with disputes to leadership and taking risks commensurate with the challenge.