PD Opportunities: Professional Development Workshops (Summer/Fall 2016)

We have some upcoming professional development workshop that may be of interest to those in the HR Community of Practice at UBC, as well as staff and faculty in your units.

Funding

Depending on your UBC employee group, you may be eligible to access one of several professional development funding programs for these workshops. For information, visit our PD Funding page.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops

For more information, see the full workshop summaries below

Practical Project Management (two-day)

  • When: June 16 & 17, 2016 and October 11 & 12, 2016, 9am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $475

This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools, and proven processes that ensure projects stay on track and objectives are achieved on time and on budget.

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Tackling today’s project-focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach.

Those attending this two-day workshop will learn how to: 

  • Establish effective communication lines from the start
  • Develop concise outcomes
  • Build a Project Charter
  • Create Network Diagrams & Work Breakdown Structures
  • Sequence tasks
  • Establish a Critical Path Methodology to complete projects on time
  • Recognize and prevent common Project Management problems
  • Use criteria to measure and track your project
  • Identify and evaluate risks and contingencies
  • Effectively determine resource requirements

Learn more, and register, here.


Moving from Peer to Leader Part 2: A Deeper Understanding

  • When: June 22, 2016
  • Cost: $275

This one-day workshop is of interest to anyone who has completed Moving from Peer to Leader Part 1

Participants will leave the workshop with practical, proven techniques to handle their managerial or supervisory responsibilities, and will:

  • Become familiar with the Legacy Leadership Competency Inventory™ ( LLCI) – a framework that guides the behaviors and attitudes of a great leader
  • Explore deeper understanding of Legacy Leadership Best Practices
  • Understand how to lead a variety of staff across generations
  • Engage in problem-solving conversations with peers
  • Gain practical application experience of the model to real situations at work

Learn more, and register, here.


Community Leadership Program 2016 – Information Sessions

  • When: June 28, 2016 and July 26, 2016, 12-1pm
  • Cost: No Charge

Do you have a desire to gain experience in dealing with uncertainty and changing environments? Do you want to be involved in a unique learning opportunity where theories of leadership can be tested in real-life situations? Or are you simply looking to grow your leadership capacity?Then the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) may be the perfect opportunity for you.

In UBC’s Community Leadership Program, open to all UBC staff and graduate students, participants explore ideas about leadership through a series of workshops and work with students to complete short-term projects in not-for-profit organizations and schools in the community. In addition to learning about leadership, part of your role in this program is to also help UBC students cultivate their own leadership and understand how their academic courses relate to real community issues. Do you have a desire to gain experience in dealing with uncertainty and changing environments? Do you want to be involved in a unique learning opportunity where theories of leadership can be tested in real-life situations? Or are you simply looking to grow your leadership capacity? Then the UBC Community Leadership Program (CLP) may be the perfect opportunity for you.

Find out by joining us at one of our two information sessions on:

  • June 28, 2016, 12-1pm
  • July 26, 2016, 12-1pm

Learn more, and register, click here.


Time Management: Planning, Prioritizing & Productivity

  • When: June 28, 2016, 9am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $255

It’s time to take back control of your day! Are you swamped with e-mails, requests, tasks, piles of paper? In this highly interactive, enjoyable, skill-building workshop you will learn proven techniques and tune your skills at managing your priorities and achieving your objectives

During this workshop you will :

  • Identify your time type
  • Develop strategies to align your activities with your goals
  • Optimize your productivity & decrease your stress
  • Develop a laser-like focus on your priorities
  • Identify obstacles that get in your way
  • Practice assertive ways to handle interruptions
  • Recognize time-saving e-mail tips
  • Distinguish between being busy and being productive
  • Identify how you sabotage your goals
  • Share tools/technology to help manage your time more effectively
  • Determine what you get by procrastinating & how to conquer it
  • Apply a practical new mindset and toolset
  • Develop a specific Plan of Action to implement immediately

Learn more, and register, here.


Writing Professional Minutes

  • When: July 13, 2016, 9am – 12:00pm
  • Cost: $175

This half-day workshop is designed for individuals who have little experience with recording and transcribing minutes during meetings on boards and working committees. It will also be of interest to individuals who are called upon to fill the role of “acting minute recorder.”Effective, professional minute takers understand how to write action-oriented minutes that meet their readers needs. This Writing Professional Minutes workshop will help you write minutes that are clear, concise and accurately reflect the important components of a meeting. It will also increase your awareness of your role as minute taker and the importance of accurate minutes.

During this workshop you will learn:

  • Identify your role as minute takers
  • Take effective notes during a meeting
  • Determine what information should be included in your minutes
  • Design helpful templates for both formal and informal meeting minutes
  • Write minutes for formal and informal meetings by focusing on action items
  • Identify and handle common problems or obstacles to writing clear minutes
  • Finalize and distribute timely minutes

Learn more, and register, here.


Difficult Conversations: Strategies for Dealing with Challenging Situations

  • When: July 21, 2016, 9am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $350

At the end of this one day workshop, you will be able to know how to identify resistant behaviour in yourself and others; have a greater understanding of what the physiological responses to emotional challenges look and feel like; be able to identify your personal strategies for managing your own defensiveness as well as others¿; and recognize when to push and when to back off to get your needs met. You will also gain insight into how others perceive you and your motives.

During this workshop you will :

  • Learn about style differences in relation to communication and conflict;
  • Build awareness of our own responses to conflict and stress and how it impacts communication;
  • Learn about the psychology of workplace conflicts;
  • Gain skills for better managing stressful communications;
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Develop practical strategies for effectively moving past miscommunication and conflict into more productive and satisfying work relationships.

Learn more, and register, here.


Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments

  • When: August 24, 2016, 8.30am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $230

In our intention to make things better, we very often pick up on the things that don’t work: problems, wrong behaviours, errors, and try to fix them. Our lives become filled with problems to solve, one after the other, and we don’t see the end of them. Meanwhile, it becomes increasingly difficult to notice or appreciate what works well; and because these well-working things don’t need fixing, they simply lose their importance.With Appreciative Inquiry we learn to shift our approach to change by focusing on creating what we want rather than eliminating what we don’t want. We learn to ask questions (or to inquire) in order to explore creative possibilities (appreciative).

During this workshop you will learn:

  • The key principles of Appreciative Inquiry
  • Simple ways to shift from problem solving to possibility creating
  • Language with which to phrase appreciative questions
  • How you can apply the Appreciative Inquiry approach in your workplace.

Learn more, and register, here.


Selection Interviewing

  • When: September 30, 2016, 8:30am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $25

The interview is a vital step in the hiring process, so you want it to be as effective as possible. This workshop will focus on the essential skills of behavioural interviewing so that you can more effectively get to know your candidates and find the best fit for your team.

Through group exercises, discussions and role-play within this workshop, participants will:

  • Develop questions and practice behavioural interviewing skills
  • Develop tools to select the best candidate for the position
  • Understand basic concepts of human rights, employment equity, and the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy legislation
  • Review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

Learn more, and register, here.


Navigating Today’s Communication Challenges

  • When: October 5, 2016, 9am – 4:00pm
  • Cost: $300

This one-day workshop provides help in developing ways of communicating with others that builds upon personal strengths and the strengths of others for more productive relationships.

Whether working with other people in the department, on a team, or just having a social conversation over lunch, it is quickly evident that some relationships are more productive than others. In order to work with others effectively good discussion skills, effective listening and positive modeling are essential. Find out the how to improve your communication skills by attending this interactive workshop. It will help you develop ways of communicating with others that builds on your strengths and the strengths of others for more productive relationships.

During this workshop you will learn:

  • What your dominant and secondary communication styles are
  • Key attributes of effective communicators
  • How to recognize the communication preferences of others
  • How to adjust your own behaviours in order to improve communication with others
  • Four steps to improve your ability to listen effectively
  • Roles individuals can play to help teams communicate most effectively

Learn more, and join the wait list, here.


Moving from Peer to Leader Part 1 & 2 (two-day)

  • When: November 8 & 9, 2016
  • Cost: $495

This two-day workshop is of interest to anyone who:

  • Is a first-time manager or supervisor
  • Will be managing sometime in the near future
  • Is ever called upon to fill an acting role as manager or supervisor
  • Wishes to build leadership skills and explore leadership concepts and techniques in detail

Those attending this two-day workshop will learn how to: 

  • Understand their management strengths in light of “best leadership” practices
  • Learn how to provide effective direction as new leaders
  • Learn how to manage work flow
  • Provide constructive feedback using a coaching approach.a
  • Become familiar with the Legacy Leadership Competency Inventory (LLCI) a framework that guides the behaviors and attitudes of a great leader
  • Explore deeper understanding of Legacy Leadership Best Practices
  • Understand how to lead a variety of staff across generations
  • Engage in problem-solving conversations with peers
  • Gain practical application experience of the model to real situations at

Learn more, and register, here.

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