Leadership Café


Leadership Fast Track: Working Remotely

March 26, 2020
Watch a one-hour Zoom session facilitated by POD’s Josina Garnham and Jeff Leinaweaver. Whether you regularly work from home or are new to teleworking, brush up on some best practices for working effectively from home, how to manage and facilitate remote meetings, and how to work collaboratively in a remote context. Sign up for free spring Leadership Fast Track sessions.

Announcing Leadership Fast Track

March 13, 2020
In this challenging time, POD is offering a series of free one-hour Zoom sessions to provide leaders with just-in-time tools, tips and strategies. Register to join us: Managing Change in a Turbulent World on March 18, Working Remotely on March 25, and Building Resilience and Personal Synergy on April 1. UPDATE: These workshops are also being offered in spring quarter, on April 8, April 15, and April 22, respectively.

Registration is open for spring

March 12, 2020 Registration is open for spring
In accordance with University guidelines and precautionary health measures, POD classes may be presented in an alternate format or rescheduled. We encourage you to go ahead and register now for spring to save your spot in the classes of your choice.

Leading and Managing Change

March 12, 2020 Leading and Managing Change
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”  – Barack Obama Access these PDFs for influences on change, common reactions to change, activities to do with your team and tools to help the change process. Leading and Managing Change Part 1 Leading and Managing Change Part 2

Assertiveness – Obstacles to Our Goals

January 16, 2020 Assertiveness - Obstacles to Our Goals
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” –Eleanor Roosevelt. Access this microlearning module, Assertiveness – Obstacles to Our Goals (PDF), to learn more about the types of negative thinking and an activity you can do with your team. “

Conflict Resolution – Creating an Effective Atmosphere (PDF)

January 16, 2020 Conflict Resolution - Creating an Effective Atmosphere (PDF)
“The  most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts.”  –Howard Baker, US Senator. Access this microlearning module, Conflict Resolution – Creating an Effective Atmosphere (PDF), for tips on neutralizing emotions during conflict, setting ground rules, choosing the time and place, and a short activity you can do with your team. “

2020 vision: Focus on your leadership development

December 10, 2019
Registration is open for winter classes! New for 2020: Check out Leadership for a Global Perspective, taught by POD’s own Jeff Leinaweaver, Ph.D. Explore new options for The Learning Lab, including a Leadership Development Program subscription. And, if you haven’t yet had a chance to take this SLP Level 2 offering, mark your calendar for the next Core Strengths — Results Through Relationships workshop on March 31 and April 1, 2020.

Recruitment and retention strategies

October 16, 2019
The fall 2019 Tri-Campus Institute featured: HR subject-matter experts with insights and best practices for recruitment, avoiding bias in hiring and building a better candidate pool Ujima Donalson, assistant vice president for UWHR Total Talent Management, on making performance an ongoing dialogue that motivates employees and keeps priorities aligned Special guest Dr. Thomas William Lee, professor of management at the Foster School of Business, dissecting the causes of turnover and sharing proven retention strategies View a PDF of the slide deck.

Honor excellence with a Distinguished Staff Award

October 16, 2019 Honor excellence with a Distinguished Staff Award
Recognize the exceptional contributions of your colleagues by submitting a nomination on the Distinguished Staff Award website by 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. Every nominee will be celebrated at the Distinguished Staff Award reception in late February. Up to five individuals or teams will each be selected for a $5,000 award, presented at the University’s Awards of Excellence ceremony in June.

Compassionate Leadership Summit

October 10, 2019 Compassionate Leadership Summit
POD team member and organizational excellence partner Catherine Bachy is presenting at the Compassionate Leadership Summit being held at the UW on Nov. 8 & 9. The summit focuses on how we might bring compassion and mindfulness more effectively into organizations and communities. Catherine’s one-hour breakout session, Embody Presence for Compassionate Leadership, integrates learning from the disciplines of mindfulness and the martial art of aikido to offer practical wisdom for compassionate leadership. Her session serves as an introduction to the Mindfulness and Leadership class that she teaches through POD in autumn and spring quarters. View a short local news clip about the summit.

Adventures in leadership

September 25, 2019 Adventures in leadership
According to POD consultant Josina Garnham, “Leadership is always an adventure, and not without its share of risks. The beautiful thing is that once we take a risk, we expand our capacities to lead in the future.”

Communication strategies, part two (PDF)

September 12, 2019 Communication strategies, part two (PDF)
“Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something.” – Plato Access this microlearning module for networking tips, learning about precipitating factors, and a short activity to do with your team. You can find part one of Communication Strategies here.

Reading The Boys in the Boat for leadership and team development

August 1, 2019 Reading The Boys in the Boat for leadership and team development
Partnership for Organizational Excellence consultant Catherine Bachy talks about the leadership and team building lessons found in The Boys in the Boat.

POE presents succession planning workshops

August 1, 2019
Join Keya Burks, organizational excellence partner with POD’s newly formed Partnership for Organizational Excellence (POE), for a 90-minute workshop on succession planning that utilizes the Succession Planning Toolkit developed by UW Human Resources. Register now for the September 10 workshop, or mark your calendar for the October 24 workshop (autumn quarter registration opens August 19).

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.

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.  

Testing for comments

October 3, 2019
Discussion question: Blah blah blah? Please post your comments below.

Allyship test – first week assignment

October 2, 2019
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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.

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 ...

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.