University of Minnesota
University of Minnesota

At the U of M we're
building better engineers
and scientists who are not
just technical experts, but true innovation leaders. Why?



Everything we do and think affects the people in our lives and their reactions in turn affect others. The choices we make have far-reaching consequences. Each of us carries within us the capacity to change the world in small ways, for better or worse.

The Gemini Project will help you develop your capacity to change the world for better. This requires the ability to lead at four levels.

First, we need to lead ourselves by carefully managing our time and priorities, delivering on our commitments, role modeling ethical and moral integrity, sustaining positive energy and balance in our lives, and continuously learning and growing as individuals.

Second, we need to be effective team members who can lead, follow or get out of the way. Collaboration requires both IQ (expertise and smarts) and EQ (emotional intelligence to manage the emotions that ultimately trump logic and make or break productive relationships).

Next, we need to ensure our efforts align with our organization's goals, supporting progress on the priorities that matter most to our collective success rather than pushing our own personal agendas or pet projects (too often analogous to rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic!)

Finally, we need to ensure that what we are doing makes a positive contribution to society—our customers, partners, and communities.

Ripple Effect diagram