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Cablegate: Shenyang Consular Leadership Day 2010 - Developing the Next

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SUBJECT: SHENYANG CONSULAR LEADERSHIP DAY 2010 - DEVELOPING THE NEXT
GENERATION

1. (U) SUMMARY: AmConGen Shenyang's Consular Leadership Day on
January 28 brought together the consular section's Locally-Employed
Staff (LES), Entry-Level Officers (ELOs), and Eligible Family
Member (EFM) by allowing them to collaborate in small groups as they
undertook a challenging photo scavenger hunt that led them to the
far corners of Shenyang. The focus was on Developing the Next
Generation of leaders, but the activity also educated the staff on
other Consular Leadership Tenets. Every team member assumed a
leadership role at some point during the day, which culminated in a
section-wide dialogue on leadership and communication attended by
the Consul General and other sections. Sixteen ELOs, LES, and EFMs
participated, and team members were able to strengthen their
cross-cultural communication skills and gain a deeper understanding
of the consular district in which they operate. END SUMMARY.
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BUILDING GREAT TEAMS
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2. (U) Several days prior to the Leadership Day, the consular
section staff was divided into four groups, each composed of one ELO
(or EFM) and three LES members. Team members were informed that
they would be participating in a photo scavenger hunt around
Shenyang and each team was provided with a list of items they would
have to find and photograph on the day of the hunt. The list was
composed of over one hundred items related to the Consulate,
Shenyang, or China in general, and every item provided a unique
challenge to the team's collective creativity and local knowledge.
Teams held several brainstorming sessions prior to the day of the
scavenger hunt, during which each team member provided suggestions
to increase the team's efficiency and creativity in solving the more
challenging items on the list. Through this warm-up exercise, a
sense of mutual support was fostered among team members, as each
member was able to contribute his/her own ideas and local knowledge
for the benefit of the entire team.
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LEARN CONSTANTLY
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3. (U) On the day of the scavenger hunt, teams braved the Shenyang
winter and traveled to numerous districts all over the city, and
both FSNs and ELOs were able to introduce their teammates to new
areas. The small- group setting provided a safe environment in
which every group member felt empowered to openly contribute his/her
own suggestions and assume a leadership role. Team members were
instructed to use the exercise as an opportunity to familiarize
themselves with their consular district, thereby increasing their
effectiveness in carrying out their consular section duties. In one
instance, a team visited a homeless shelter and made a valuable new
American Citizens Service (ACS) contact. Another team visited a
local visa agency and gave them a presentation on the new DS-160
visa form, while yet another toured a fire station and visited the
medical clinic frequently visited by local expats. Team members
took turns educating one another on various aspects of the Consular
district, and every member was able to serve as a team leader at
some point during the day.
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COMMUNICATE
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4. (U) Through the week following Leadership Day, teams developed
PowerPoint presentations composed of the photographs taken over the
course of the scavenger hunt. On February 4, teams introduced their
presentations before a panel of judges, including the
Consul-General. During the larger group discussion, teams compared
their experiences and shared ideas on how to improve group dynamics
and ensure smooth cross-cultural communication. As each team took
note of how their competitors fared during the scavenger hunt, the
exchange of ideas sparked a dialogue on how to better utilize each
team member's talents and leadership skills.
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DEVELOPING THE NEXT GENERATION
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5. (U) COMMENT: Through the development of creative solutions to the
inherent challenges of the day's activity, the Leadership Day
program aided in the development of the next generation of consular
officers. The materials developed provided a valuable training
tool, and added value to the overall knowledge base of the section's
line officers, enhancing their adjudication abilities. The day's
activities and the discussion that followed not only helped the
consular section become more familiar with the surrounding environs,
but they also fostered the leadership skills of every member of the
section. END COMMENT.


WICKMAN

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