Professional & Organizational Development

Competencies

Competencies are skills or behaviors that are essential for success in specific roles. Professional & Organizational Development has identified the following competencies for UW staff and leaders. Competencies are mapped to POD offerings and are clustered in five areas of excellence: individual, interpersonal, operational, leadership, and organizational.

  • Accountability and integrity
  • Building effective teams
  • Change and resilience
  • Collaboration and teamwork
  • Conflict management
  • Customer focus
  • Developing employees
  • Hiring and staffing
  • Information and technology
  • Innovation and creativity
  • Interpersonal savvy
  • Managing and measuring work
  • Organizational acumen
  • Planning and prioritization
  • Problem solving and decision making
  • Process and project management
  • Race, equity, and difference
  • Self-awareness
  • Speaking and presenting
  • Strategic ability
  • UW policies and systems
  • Written communications

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Make sure to save POD’s Competency Guide (PDF)  so you can easily identify courses, services, and resources that relate to competencies you wish to develop. Our Annual Class Schedule may also help with your planning.


Competency Spotlight: Organizational Acumen

Understand organizational culture and how to accomplish work through formal channels and informal networks.

Working within a vast, multi-faceted institution can be daunting. Those who are skilled in this competency are better equipped to navigate a variety of systems, policies, and procedures and effect organizational change.

The upcoming class How the U(W) Works may help you develop your competence in relation to organizational acumen. In addition, aspects of these classes may help: