Personal Effectiveness

At the U of A we are in a time of tremendous change and yet we strive to always be seeking, challenging, and leading. We seek to generate solutions that make us healthier, safer, stronger, and more just. 

In meeting these goals, our ability to build personal effectiveness is cornerstone. Personal effectiveness enhances performance, supports us to achieve desired results, and to work towards personal goals. 

We all share responsibility to develop positive personal strategies for coping, wellness, self-development and the ability to develop and maintain relationships.

Personal effectiveness means that we: 

  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively cope with change 
  • Make effective decisions even in the face of uncertainty 
  • Engage in a growth mindset and self-development that supports our work performance and career growth 
  • Hold ourselves accountable to commitments, actions, and behaviours
  • Develop strategies to manage workload through effective time and priority management

Learn more about how we define workplace skills.


Managing Time Authentically | Facilitator: Wendy Wilton 

We all have the same number of hours in a day.  Why, then, do we so often feel like we are constantly working against the clock?  This workshop is for faculty and staff who want to take control of their time and to use it in a more wholistic, authentic way.  Beginning with an examination of your values, you will discuss the connection between what is really important to you and time management. You will engage with specific tools, tips and techniques to help you determine your priorities and to discuss what is standing in your way of setting and maintaining appropriate boundaries.

At the end of this workshop, you will commit to a plan of action for improving time management and ro prioritization in your personal and professional lives using the tools and techniques explored and applied in the session.

Learning Outcomes: 

  • Identify key issues impacting effective time management and prioritization
  • Apply a values based lens to time management and prioritization
  • Explore tools for establishing priorities and goal setting 
  • Examine work specific challenges that impact effective time management and prioritization
  • Discuss alignment strategies and how to have boundary setting conversations
  • Identify time wasters and minimization strategies
  • Commit to a time management action plan around personal and professional time management 

Finding Your Path: Engagement and Career Development in Large Organizations  | Facilitator: Tyree McCrackin 

 Finding Your Path is for staff interested in exploring concepts of work engagement and satisfaction within the context of a large complex organization, as well as the practical skills needed in career development. In the first section, you will engage in self-reflection and strategize ways to enhance mastery, purpose, autonomy, connection, impact, and resilience in your work. This may include setting and achieving challenging goals, aligning personal values with work, and fostering positive relationships to make a meaningful difference and build resilience in your roles.

The second part of the workshop will focus on practical skills essential for career growth and change. You will learn techniques for tailoring work search-related documents, optimizing formatting and content to match current standards and create effective narratives. There will also be a focus on preparing for job interviews. Constructive feedback, guidance, and practice will be built in, to help you further refine your skills and develop a comprehensive action plan tailored to your career goals and the specific context of the educational organization.

By the end of the workshop, you will identify specific actions that can increase workplace engagement and job satisfaction in your current role, using the tools and techniques explored and applied during the session. You will also gain practical knowledge and skills to assist in career development within the unique context of a large educational organization.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Define mastery, purpose, autonomy, connection, impact, resilience, and their importance in work engagement.
  2. Reflect on personal values and align these with work for purpose, motivation, and job satisfaction.
  3. Discuss the importance of connection, social support, and positive relationships in the workplace.
  4. Outline impact and strategies for meaningful contribution to enhance job satisfaction and engagement.
  5. Learn how to craft an effective resume through formatting, content, and demonstrating qualifications effectively.
  6. Develop effective communication skills for interviews, including storytelling techniques.
  7. Receive feedback and devise a plan for resume improvement and interview skills development.

Navigating Change | Andrea Graham

Our ability to recognize and navigate change is a critical skill for anyone who wants to be a strong contributor to the success of a team, a unit or an organization. And perhaps, just as importantly, it’s a critical skill to develop for personal well being and career satisfaction. 

Navigating Change is designed to help faculty and staff make sense of the change journey at the individual, team and organizational levels. In this interactive workshop you will engage with specific tools and frameworks  to support your own navigation of change, while giving you the opportunity to experiment with new ways of supporting others.

The session will begin with an examination of your personal response to change. What does it feel like when you are presented with a change?  We will then look at why we may resist change and how it may be tied to uncertainty, loss, and fear. You will learn to understand why you and others may have difficulty letting go of “what you have” when faced with something new.  We will then explore the stages of the change transition - the period of time when you begin to move from the now to the future on a path that could be clear or murky.   

At the end of this workshop, you will have the opportunity to understand the role and identify the successful behaviours of change agents. 

More information coming soon! 


Workshops that address the curriculum are offered and added throughout the year. Please visit the U of A Events hub to find available courses. If you are interested in offering a workshop to your team that currently has no availability, please contact to discuss options.