Manager Learning Opportunities

We are dedicated to offering professional development and skill-enhancing opportunities to our managers.  Whether you are managing professional staff or student employees, we hope you will take advantage to further develop your skills as a people leader.

Use the signup forms to select the dates that work best for your schedule.

Demonstrating Vulnerability to Promote Team Development: “Vulnerability is an act of courage.” - Brene Brown. In this class, managers will have the opportunity to learn about the importance of vulnerability in the workplace, identify ways they can promote and increase psychological safety, and the impact these can have on the development of their team. Sign up!

Effective Communication: In this class, we will discuss the impact communication has on the engagement level of our teams. We will tap into the group’s collective experiences to come away with a list of best practices to enhance our communication and increase employee engagement.  Additionally, tools will be utilized to assist in identifying communication preferences, and recognizing how they may or may not align with the preferences of our team members. Sign up!

Emotional Intelligence: Emotional Intelligence (EI) is a cornerstone of leadership development. In this class, we will review a common EI model, look at our own levels of EI, and discuss how we can grow our EI skills to help us be more skilled leaders. Sign up!

Managing Conflict: Managing conflict well is a skill all managers should have and continue to improve. In this class, we will introduce the notion that conflict on its own is not bad and that positive outcomes are driven by our responses. Participants will recognize the difference between productive versus unproductive conflict, as well as reflect on different approaches that may or may not work with their individual team members. Sign up!

Providing Coaching & Feedback: Coaching and feedback are two terms that are often used interchangeably, but they are truly different ways to focus on performance.  In this class, we will discuss the differences between coaching and feedback, when the two are best utilized, and how to utilize them with your team members. Sign up!

Performance Management: Performance Management is the process of supporting employee performance through the use of goal setting, coaching, feedback, tools, and processes.  In this class, we will discuss Emerson’s approach to performance management including tips on setting and coaching to goals, delivering feedback, and utilizing the quarterly performance conversations. Sign up!

Strengths-Based Manager: To succeed, managers must bring team members together in collaboration, provide clear direction, put effective measures in place, and accept responsibility for maximizing each employee’s full potential. Strengths-based managers help employees discover, develop, and use their unique talents for higher team engagement and productivity. In this class, through the utilization of different tools, managers will explore their own strengths, the impact they have on their role as a people leader and their leadership style. (Required Pre-requisite: Introduction to CliftonStrengths) Sign up!

Strengths-Based Teams: Team members who know each other’s strengths more effectively relate to one another, avoiding potential conflicts and increasing group cohesion.  Strengths-based teams create more positive dialogue and boost the team’s overall engagement and performance. Utilizing a model for team success, managers will hone their skills, and look for opportunities to help team members explore how they can use their individual and collective talents to fulfill their goals, and the demands of the team and reach their desired outcomes. (Required Pre-Requisite: Strengths-Based Manager) Sign up!



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