Leadership Café


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
Link to the first week’s assignment here <<link here.>> Blah blah blah blah blah. Discussion Question: Blah blah blah blah blah? Post your comments below.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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 ...

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.

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.

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 ...