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12 January 2021

Leading Others

Inclusive Leadership: Understand Your Intersecting Identities to Better Serve Others

January 25, 2021 | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. MST

Learn how your intersecting social identities affect your leadership and encourage you to do your most meaningful work.

Fostering Curiosity as a Creative Leader

January 29, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST

Communicate in a way that inspires possibilities. In this webinar, you will learn how to reframe the way you confront and communicate complex problems, so that you and others remain open to new possibilities and invite curiosity thinking. In this webcast, you’ll learn how to ask questions that invite possibilities, use data to broaden perspectives, and encourage the sharing of new ideas. You’ll also get tips on how to validate different ideas and create a sense of belonging as you foster diversity of thought, perspective, and experience within your team. 

The Key Components of Emotional Intelligence for Academic Teams

This self-paced course created and delivered by our colleague Jennifer Askey in Human Resources Health Safety and Environment (HRHSE) in partnership with Academic Impressions will discover the connection between emotional intelligence and individual, team, and department results. Through Daniel Goleman’s four pillars of emotional intelligence, you will get ideas for how to:

  • Manage graduate students, research teams, or labs more effectively
  • Handle conflict and difficult personalities with more ease
  • Mentor and manage graduate students

You will learn Daniel Goleman’s four pillars of emotional intelligence and informally assess your skill in each of these pillars. Once you have a greater awareness of how you “show up” for yourself and others, we’ll offer simple suggestions for how you can manage yourself and your relationships more productively.

Cultivating Your Unique Leadership Skills in this New Environment


Learn how to build on your strengths as a leader as you manage your team remotely amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Succeeding as a Disruptive Innovator: Stories from a Former College President


Are you prepared to act in the moment and capitalize on opportunities for innovation when they occur?

How to Make Courageous Decisions


Making the right decisions are tough for any leader under most circumstances. But when decisions will inevitably create pushback, when jobs are on the line, or when there are no clear answers, it can be so stressful that many leaders freeze in place.

How can you build the courage to act as a leader at your institution? Using real scenarios from higher education, we’ll explore a series of practical steps a leader can take to build both their awareness and ability to make decisions that are fraught with complexity and ambiguity.

Designing Creative Solutions for Your Toughest Challenges


In this webinar recording you will learn how to effectively build and manage problem-solving groups that will allow you to harness creative ideas at a time when they are most needed. Our expert instructor will introduce you to a 3-step process that provides an effective structure for releasing and actualizing creativity.

Cultivating Creativity by Building Trust Within Your Team


You don’t need to be creative to foster creativity on your team. Learn how to create an environment where your team feels safe enough to take risks. In this recorded webinar, you will learn how to create a culture of trust within your team that encourages them to be their most creative selves in order to solve problems. During this webcast, you will learn how to create the necessary conditions to foster a safe environment for your team to be creative.

Building Resilience with Your Team During Uncertain Times


Learn strategies to effectively build and foster resilience in your team in times of unpredictability.

Managing Up, Down, and Across


Learn strategies for influencing your colleagues and aligning your priorities with those of your supervisor and institution.

Managing a Remote Team: How to Motivate, Maintain Morale, and Ensure Accountability


Our new ways of working remotely have presented unique challenges in terms of overseeing teams and projects. Many supervisors find themselves leading remotely for the first time and are looking for ways to motivate, maintain morale, and ensure accountability for their teams. In this webcast, we will look at three possible scenarios of team dynamics and discuss how to best lead within each of these. We will also ask the audience to share lessons learned as they evolve these new ways of working.

Find the Right Solution for Employee Performance Gaps


Learn how to address employee performance issues, no matter whether you're working face-to-face or virtually. You will practice Binder’s Six Boxes® technique, which will help you diagnose the “most likely” causes for performance issues more reliably. You’ll learn how to systematically question and evaluate six factors of organizational effectiveness that, when lacking or misaligned, can cause poor performance. You’ll also walk away knowing how to select and prioritize remedies that best match the “most likely” causes so that you can provide the most targeted and practical interventions, no matter whether you’re working face-to-face or virtually.

Identify and Actualize Your Team Values to Increase Trust and Engagement


By living shared values, you bring out the best in your team – creative problem-solving, perseverance, and innovation.

Fostering Psychological Safety in Your Team


In times of confusion or conflict, leaders and supervisors often try to bring teams together by creating a common vision or by clarifying goals and processes. But before these steps can be effective, you need to ensure a high level of psychological safety within your team. Without that foundation, your team will not function as cohesively.

Influencing Without Authority


Having a position of authority is only one small piece of being a leader. A more important aspect of being a leader is exercising your influence. The savviest leaders know that behaving in ways that influence the feelings, thoughts, and actions of others is the piece that will ultimately give them traction.

In this recorded webinar, you will learn the signs and symptoms of influence. We will focus on the difference between influence and authority, and you will leave with advice on how to use your relational capital to influence up, across, and down.

Leaders as Coaches: Improving Employee and Team Performance


Are you or your team experiencing negativity, uncertainty, or high workloads in the workplace?

Coaching is a skill that is often not taught on the job or written into job descriptions.  And yet, it’s a powerful tool to motivate and engage your team to become more effective.   

When you coach, you don’t give answers.  Instead, you ask meaningful questions and listen carefully to your supervisees or other team members. You guide them to discover their goals, solve their problems, or get back on track themselves.  This leads to increased time savings, job satisfaction, engagement, and professional growth.  

Join us in this webcast series to learn about eight essential coaching techniques, which will help you motivate and build trust with your team members.

6 Powerful Ideas for Building a First-Class Team on Campus


To build a high performing team is a daunting and noble task, and such teams are as rare as blue diamonds. This paper offers six practical strategies.

High Performing Teams in Higher Education: How to Make Yours One of Them

The challenges facing your department or division are going to take more than just one smart person to solve. It’s also going to take more than just getting a group of smart people together. You’re going to need a high performing team that has high trust, the capacity to make collaborative decisions, and the commitment to taking risks together.

Is your team reaching its full potential? What does a high performing team actually look like? Learn more

Implementing Shared Services at Your Institution


As higher education faces tighter budgets and declining enrollments, many institutions are exploring a shared services model to lower costs, make services more efficient, and reduce redundancies across campus. By making operations like finance, HR, IT, and pre- and post-award services leaner, institutions can free up resources and invest in what will distinguish their institution—academic programs and research. Despite these benefits, not everyone welcomes giving up control over their school, unit, or department, so implementation can be tricky to navigate through pushback. Join us to learn what to expect in the process of transitioning to a centralized shared services model.

Diversity and Inclusion

See Something, Say Something: Building Your Capacity to Respond to Bias

January 29, 2021 | 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. MST

Be part of the solution when you hear students, colleagues, or supervisors make inappropriate or biased remarks.

Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable: Engaging in Dialogue About Race and Bias

February 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. MST

Gain confidence in entering conversations about race and inequity. To get more comfortable engaging in these dialogues, we must first lean into the discomfort of individual reflection and actions that prepare us to enter them in an open and effective way. Join us for a two-hour virtual training where we will explore four key concepts and how they come into play during conversations around race and bias:

  • Sources of Bias
  • Intersectionality
  • Triggers of Bias
  • Unpacking Bias

You will be given a workbook of activities, tools, and resources to help you move beyond simply understanding the definitions of these key concepts and begin the hard work of making meaning of how they play out in your life and in any conversation you enter.

Land Acknowledgement as an Equity Practice in Higher Education


Creating Equitable and Inclusive Meetings


Practice critical communication skills to foster inclusion and collaboration in your meetings. In this recorded webinar, you will learn to engage in self-reflection and to begin practicing communication skills that will positively impact group dynamics. You will hone your skills around listening, modeling, and question-asking. You’ll also receive guidance on how to choose an accountability partner who will help you preserve a culturally inclusive meeting environment.

Facilitating Culturally Inclusive Meetings


In this recorded webinar, you will engage in self-reflection and to begin practicing communication skills that will positively impact group dynamics. You will hone your skills around listening, modeling, and question-asking. You’ll also receive guidance on how to choose an accountability partner who will help you preserve a culturally inclusive meeting environment.

Personal Effectiveness

Advocating for Yourself in Personal and Professional Relationships

January 21, 2021 | 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. MST

Learn strategies to advocate for your needs as you juggle work, home, and career progression.

Navigating Work-Life Balance as a Woman Leader in Higher Education

February 4, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. MST

In this 60-minute webcast presented by Melody Blake, Provost and Vice President for Academic & Student Affairs at Wesleyan College, you will learn how to manage a never-ending to-do list by prioritizing, communicating, and delegating what needs to be done. Our time will be divided between setting healthy boundaries at work and at home, as well as managing your time.  

Identifying and Mitigating Imposter Syndrome

February 9, 2021 | 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. MST

Learn practical strategies for recognizing and circumventing imposter syndrome.

Conflict Management

March 22, 2021 | 9:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. MST

Learn practical tools to gain confidence in resolving conflicts in the earliest stages.

Creating an Inner Coach Stronger than Your Inner Critic


Many of us live with constant self-talk that undermines our confidence, courage, and resilience. You may tell yourself things like:

  • “I’m such an idiot.”
  • “I never get it right.”
  • “I’m just not smart enough.”
  • “I’m way too slow at my work.”

Sound familiar?

Join us online to learn how you can start developing your alternative voice – your inner coach – in order to become a more effective leader. You’ll learn the neuroscience behind why we all doubt ourselves, and you’ll discover a new technique that will help you think and act in more constructive ways.

Time Management: Focusing on Your Priorities and Purpose

In this self-paced course, learn how to lose your “to-do” lists and focus on your most meaningful work instead. Steve Riccio, one of Academic Impressions’ Success Coaches, brings you this video course and will help you take back control of your day-to-day schedule by empowering you to focus on the priorities that matter the most to you. Through a combination of self-reflection and skills-practice activities, you will transform the way you manage your time. 

Time Management: A Disciplined Approach to Priority-Setting


Control your own schedule and focus on your most important work. Watch this recorded this webcast to learn strategies and exercises that will teach you the discipline needed to protect your time and your schedule, allowing you to give the most focus to your biggest priorities.

Engaging in Empathy: Balance the Emotional Demands


Are you practicing empathy in a way that best supports both you and your team? As a leader, you likely know that empathy is a behavior that can help you build connections and trust with others on your team. Due to the uncertainty and rapid change we have been navigating through this past year, you may have found yourself exercising empathy with colleagues more often and at greater depths than you’ve ever had to before. Empathy fatigue may be settling in and you might be noticing that exercising empathy gets more difficult the more tired and worn out you become. In this webinar recording you will learn how you can utilize your emotional intelligence to recognize the signals of fatigue and continue to embrace empathy when it’s most needed.

Manage Your Emotional Labor in the Workplace


Maximize your agency to scale down emotional labor and rebalance the expectations set by your students, colleagues, and institution. In this recording, you will learn where you can start building a toolkit for scaling down your emotional labor and using it on your own terms. You will first explore how emotional labor manifests for you and what challenges you have managing it. Next, Dr. Gardner will offer four strategies to help you overcome those challenges so that you can start making emotional labor work FOR you, not against you. Lastly, you will brainstorm ways you can reduce your emotional effort so that you can leave this training feeling empowered to be your unapologetic self.

Increasing Emotional Intelligence by Identifying Your Triggers


Practice a journaling technique that will help you reflect on your emotional intelligence. When we can overcome our emotional triggers, we are able to navigate a variety of situations more effectively. But when experiencing a trigger, our emotions take over. Many of us struggle to recognize and explain our reactions. How can we take a step back to respond in the moment more thoughtfully and productively?

Watch this webinar recording to learn a simple, yet powerful, approach to help you regain control and respond in a more intelligent way to your next triggering event. During the session, you’ll practice using a journaling tool that will increase your awareness of your emotions and how they impact others.

Cultivating a Professional and Engaging Persona on Your Video Calls


Learn some simple ways you can improve the quality of your communication and connections with others online.

Managing Up: Using Common Goals to Align Mission, Vision, Values, and Priorities


Learn how to set common goals with your supervisor and align them to your institution’s strategic objectives.

3 Ways to Improve Your Decision-Making


When it comes to decision-making, practice does not make perfect. With so much information to process, your brain is constantly creating shortcuts — “rules of thumb” or biases that help you make decisions more quickly. While these shortcuts are meant to help you simplify a complex world, they also pose problems. With these biases humming in the background, you run the risk of making poor decisions.

Watch this webinar recording to gain awareness about common cognitive biases that impact decision-making. You’ll learn and practice three methods that can help you make sound decisions when it matters most.

The Five Levels of Decision Making Tool

Are your meeting participants clear if they have input or influence when making decisions? To help you ensure everyone understands their role in the decision making process made we’ve compiled this easily-referenced tool with 5 different levels of decision making.

5 Ways to Learn from Failure


Your brain is wired to avoid failure, so learning from it takes extra effort. Watch this webinar recording to learn how to foster a culture of learning from failure. You’ll learn the neuroscience behind why we avoid failure, and you’ll leave with discrete strategies for how to shift the team’s perspective when our natural tendencies make it hard

10 Strategies to Foster More Creative Problem-Solving


Are you feeling like you’ve exhausted all the possibilities in solving a problem? Watch this webinar recording to start practicing a proven process in creative problem-solving. Our expert will introduce you to ten strategies that will help you unleash your creativity, including:

  • Assumption Reversal
  • Doodling
  • Metaphorical Thinking
  • Idea Selection Grid

Communication Strategies to Confront Toxicity in the Workplace


Do you feel anxious or unprepared to have a difficult conversation with a toxic colleague? In this recorded webinar, you will learn to to practice the art of communicating through toxicity. Our expert instructor will provide tips and strategies for how to have a clear, authentic, and vulnerable conversation that can help you address toxicity in your workplace.

Managing Difficult Colleagues


Difficult colleagues come in many forms:

  • A colleague who hijacks a meeting by dominating the conversation
  • A leader who is overly critical of others’ ideas
  • A project team member who leaves the work for you or takes credit for your work
  • Confronting these difficult colleagues can feel overwhelming. How will they react? Will they hold a grudge? How do you manage authority?

Watch this recorded webinar to learn how to communicate with and influence your difficult colleagues. You’ll learn how to target specific strategies to seven unique personality types, and you’ll leave with advice on how to respond in the moment and afterwards.

Discover Your Role and Impact in Creating Team Engagement


You’ll learn about three attributes that you need to develop as a manager to ensure you are “showing up” for your team.  Then you’ll learn five areas in which to focus your management efforts to foster engagement. You may be surprised by what’s most important!

PD and Career Growth

Professional Development in Higher Education: 3 Powerful Tools for Translating Learning into Action


Professional development in higher education is key to building the capacity of college and university leaders. But we work in such a fast-paced way that often the learning we get at events remains unimplemented and the information we bring back to our campuses from a conference or training gets lost in the day-to-day grind of our work, like so many jumbled puzzle pieces. Explore these tools for springing more rapidly from puzzle pieces to completed action.

Tools for Reflecting on Professional Development

Make the most of your professional development opportunities by reflecting on the experience, what you learned, and potential next steps.  We’ve gathered the following tools to get you started.

Advance Your Career with a Personal Board of Directors


Maximize your growth, skill development, and visibility through intentional networking.