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Summer reading recommendations with Josina Garnham

July 8, 2019 Summer reading recommendations with Josina Garnham
Training & Organizational Development Consultant Josina Garnham shares leadership-oriented summer reading recommendations.
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Leadership story with Jeff Leinaweaver

July 2, 2019 Leadership story with Jeff Leinaweaver
Senior consultant Jeff Leinaweaver explores storytelling and the constructive and destructive roles it can play in our lives and organizations.  
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Partnership for Organizational Excellence

June 25, 2019
On a space-available basis, organizational excellence partners are available to support academic leaders and units with strategic goals, leadership and team development, and organizational needs. This service is supported by the University with the goals of maximizing efficiencies and fostering organizational excellence in academic units. Learn more.
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Leadership Tune-Up — UW ARC 360

June 19, 2019 Leadership Tune-Up — UW ARC 360
Catherine Bachy, Organizational Excellence Partner Leadership can be a lonely venture. Whether early in a career or after many years of experience, leaders inevitably develop blind spots in their awareness and in their effectiveness, yet the dynamics of authority and power sometimes get in the way of receiving honest feedback. A 360-degree assessment can be a vital tool in discovering what’s working and what’s not. As the name suggests, 360 assessments rely on collecting feedback from people all around you, which may include staff, stakeholders, customers and the person or people you report to. It’s good to know what you’re doing well, where you are innately skillful, where you are brilliant! It’s also important to know where the shadows of your leadership style lurk. What are your ...
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Upcoming leadership offerings

June 12, 2019
Offerings include Core Strengths — Results Through Relationships, which is part of our SLP Level 2 suite of offerings, and Systems Wisdom, a new one-day workshop. Check out all our summer offerings.
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Communication strategies (PDF)

June 12, 2019 Communication strategies (PDF)
“Author and former presidential speechwriter James Humes wrote, “”The art of communication is the language of leadership.” Access this Communication Strategies microlearning module to discover how to express yourself more effectively, speak like a STAR and ask good questions.
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Upcoming classes

May 15, 2019
Limited spaces are available in the following late May and early June classes: Negotiating Effectively, Labor Relations Skills, and Peer Coaching and Communities of Practice. Check out upcoming classes by date in POD’s online catalog.
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Employee development and coaching

May 15, 2019
POD offers a variety of ways to help you help your team members succeed! Check out this page for information on classes and coaching along with links to downloadable resources and toolkits.
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Interpersonal skills — moving the conversation along (PDF)

May 15, 2019 Interpersonal skills — moving the conversation along (PDF)
“Sometimes when it looks like I’m deep in thought, I’m just trying not to have a conversation with people,” said musician Pete Wentz. We’re not all natural conversationalists, especially with conversations we may be nervous or worried about. If you sometimes struggle with one-on-one communication, access this microlearning module (PDF) to help conversations move more fluidly by asking for examples, using repetition, summary questions and asking for clarity.
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Career Planning Resource

May 15, 2019
Looking for self-directed career planning for yourself or a tool to use with team member?  This Career Planning Resource (PDF) provides worksheets that walk the user through five key steps: career concepts, development questions, goal-setting, development methods and action planning.
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Strive for excellence

April 30, 2019
Announcing the Partnership for Organizational Excellence, a new University-supported program designed to assist academic leaders and units with strategic goals, leadership and team development, and organizational needs. Learn more about at POE’s services and staff.
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Appreciative inquiry — changing the way you think (PDF)

April 2, 2019 Appreciative inquiry — changing the way you think (PDF)
““We can complain because rose bushes have thorns, or rejoice because thorns have roses” (Alphonse Karr, A Tour Round My Garden). Access this microlearning module (PDF) for insights and activities on shifting your thinking and harnessing the power of positivity in order to overcome obstacles and achieve goals.  
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Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard, by Chip and Dan Heath

April 2, 2019 Switch:  How to Change Things When Change is Hard,  by Chip and Dan Heath
Recommended by Catherine Bachy, Organizational Excellence Analyst, UW Professional & Organizational Development Overwhelmed by change? This engaging, seven minute video summarizes the key points of the Heath brothers’ popular book on change. Delight in the graphic storyboard review and refresh your toolkit on how to manage change for yourself and your team. For a deeper dive and real world examples and tips on how to navigate change, read the book. And if you don’t have time to read the whole book, check out these free resources offered by the authors (registration required). Also, take note that The Learning Lab, offered through POD for UW leaders and staff, includes the entire Switch audiobook, as well as a 9-minute audio summary and 4-minute book summary. Subscriptions to this online platform run through ...
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Self-Awareness and Personal Blind Spots

March 27, 2019 Self-Awareness and Personal Blind Spots
Self-awareness is, arguably, one of the most important traits for a leader. In a recent blog post, consultant, speaker, trainer and coach Dan Oestreich writes that “whatever we must be creates a blind spot because, as good as we are, we cannot fulfill our preferred self-image all the time. In turn, this creates an inability to see our full personal impact on others…” Dan is a member of the University Consulting Alliance. Read his full blog post here, and learn more about him through his Alliance profile.
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April and May offerings

March 27, 2019
Space is still available in these upcoming offerings designed to help you increase your knowledge of policy and facility with essential leadership tasks: Employment Law and UW Policies, Labor Relation Skills, Managing Employee Performance, Driving Organizational Change, and Negotiating Effectively. Access our online catalog.
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Support your staff with the Spring Retreat

March 27, 2019
On Tuesday, April 23, we’re celebrating the fifteenth anniversary of the Support Professionals Spring Retreat! This year’s presenters include the UW’s own Dr. Tabitha Kirkland, Dr. Anu Taranath, and Danny Arguetty, along with POD and UWHR subject-matter experts. Through interactive sessions, participants will be encouraged to establish new habits, create positive change, cultivate empathy and inclusion, and reinvigorate their approach to their work, their colleagues, and their career. According to Assistant Vice President Ujima Donalson, “One of the best ways to recognize and reward staff is by investing in their development. In doing so, we are showing that we value them and care about their success. We’re also sending a message that we see a future for them here at the University of Washington, which is ...
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“How to Build A Successful Team” by Adam Bryant

March 14, 2019
  Recommended by Catherine Bachy, Organizational Excellence Analyst, UW Professional & Organizational Development What does it take to build and sustain a successful team? This short New York Times article (5 minute read time) highlights key actions for leaders and team members. Top among these: ( 1) Create a clear road map to answer the questions, “Where are we going and how are we going to get there?” (2) Agree on shared milestones and a scorecard for how to measure success, and (3) Be specific about the values and behaviors that your team agrees to live by. No matter how good you believe you are as a team, it’s always useful to review these key principles to sustain high performing teams.
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Leadership story with Ujima Donalson

January 25, 2019 Leadership story with Ujima Donalson
In this six-minute video, Assistant Vice President Ujima Donalson shares insights about her career path and leadership milestones. https://youtu.be/MmXc7if0H-o  
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Introducing The Learning Lab

January 21, 2019
After successfully offering Leadership Advantage for two years, we have now upgraded to Skillsoft’s newest platform, Percipio, to bring you The Learning Lab, a 24/7 online platform with a customized set of 86 channels for UW leaders and staff. Each channel offers subtopics with assets in a variety of formats, including short video courses, ebooks, and audiobooks, and users can customize their online learning experience by selecting areas of interest and creating a list of favorites.
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Five questions with Recruiting and Sourcing Specialist Terra Kerr

January 18, 2019

1. You were hired in September 2018 into a newly created role in Recruitment and Staffing. How did this position come about? My position is part of a larger transformation that started before I came on board, when a number of units in UWHR were grouped into Total Talent Management under the leadership of Ujima Donalson. From what I’ve learned, there’s a real drive to better support managers in hiring, as well as other functions. As far as hiring, the hope is that we can enhance the level of support we provide so that hiring managers look to us for talent, not just paper or process. My position was created, in part, to help us figure out how to make that shift and transform our employment specialists’ day-to-day work.
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Change management — understanding change (PDF)

January 15, 2019 Change management — understanding change (PDF)
According to Peter Senge of the MIT Sloan School of Management, “People don’t resist change. They resist being changed!” Access this microlearning module (PDF) for an overview of the influences on change and common reactions to change, a short activity you can do with team members, and a list of tools that can help with the change process.
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Conflict resolution — creating mutual understanding (PDF)

January 14, 2019 Conflict resolution — creating mutual understanding (PDF)
“Conflict can destroy a team which hasn’t spent time learning to deal with it.” – Thomas Isgar, author of The Ten Minute Team Access this microlearning module (PDF) for an overview of mutual understandings, focusing on individual and shared needs by finding common ground, building positive energy and goodwill and strengthening your partnership.
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Resource round-up

January 14, 2019
Being a learning organization within a larger learning organization means that we and our partners are often tapped to be interviewed or to contribute articles. Here are a few from 2018: Gayle Johnson, an external trainer who taught the new class Creating an Inclusive Workplace Through Emotional Intelligence for POD last fall, shares tips with UW Medicine Right as Rain on not irritating your coworkers. Pierre Khawand, productivity expert and founder of POD webinar vendor People-OnTheGo, presents five empowering — and practical — habits  for increasing your effectiveness at work. POD’s own Lynne Lazaroff acts as the subject-matter expert in this UW Medicine Right as Rain article on dealing with conflict in the workplace.
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Winter leadership offerings

January 12, 2019
Winter classes are well under way, and along with the launch of The Learning Lab, POD is offering multiple learning and development opportunities for leaders. As of this date, space is still available in SLP Level 2: Core Strengths Accountability and the popular Accomplishing More With Less for Managers webinar.
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Introduction to lean

January 12, 2019
“How can performance be improved? Sweat and longer hours are not the answer but will be employed if no one knows how to work smarter.” – James P. Womack, Lean Thinking: Banish Waste And Create Wealth In Your Corporation Use this microlearning module (PDF) to learn the history of lean, the Toyota Production System and Precepts, start an improvement plan, and access activities to do with your team. ”
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