MOST Development Workshops

Supporting Your Career & Personal Development

The MOST Program offers professional development workshops geared to enhance and improve your effectiveness at work, as well as to support your career and personal development.

Workshops are open to the community, with discounts available for UBC faculty and staff.


Professional development funding is available for members of some UBC employee groups.

Upcoming MOST Workshops

September 21 – October 13, 2015
Appreciative Livng: It’s all about joy
Cost: $195

Would You Like to Learn a Simple Path to Creating a More Joyful Life and the Future of Your Dreams?

Imagine what it would be like to:

-Energize yourself each morning with a positive, productive attitude for the day ahead in less than five minutes;
-Develop stronger, smoother and more meaningful relationships with your co-workers, family and friends
-Transform the negative thoughts and beliefs that keep you stuck and unable to create the life you truly want;
-Pull yourself out of negative, self-defeating spirals and recognize the potential good in ANY and EVERY situation.

Appreciative Living is an easy to understand, practical approach to help you focus on what is good, and get clear about what you want. Best of all, it takes just a few minutes a day.

This workshop is split over 4 weeks, and each session is 2 hours in duration:

Monday, September 21 from 10:00am -12:00pm

Tuesday, September 29 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Monday, October 5 from 10:00am – 12:00pm

Tuesday, October 13 from 10:00am -12:00pm

September 23, 2015
Appreciative Inquiry: A Way to Generate and Nurture Effective Work Environments
Cost: $215

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). If you believe or are intrigued by the statement that “we give power to the things we pay attention to” and want to make a positive difference in the workplace, this workshop will introduce you to:

a) the key principles of Appreciative Inquiry,
b) simple ways to shift from problem solving to possibility creating,
c) a language with which to phrase appreciative questions,
d) how you can apply the Appreciative Inquiry approach in your workplace.

Note: Cost of material is included in workshop fee.

September 25, 2015
Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
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. You will also review current Human Rights and Employment Equity legislation and discuss the objectives of UBC’s policy on employment equity.

NOTE: This workshop is designed for managers and administrators at UBC who currently have responsibility for the hiring and selection of staff.

October 30, 2015
Moving from Peer to Leader 1: Practical Tools for First Time Managers and Supervisors
Cost: $260

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

• 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, and
• provide constructive feedback using a coaching approach.

NOTE: Cost of material is included in workshop fee.

November 2, 9, & 10, 2015
Appreciative Leadership Program
Cost: $700

This program offers you the opportunity to enrich your understanding of appreciative leadership practices, inquire into how your leadership is perceived by others, and reflect on who you are as a leader when you are at your very best.

Discover the unique patterns, skills and talents that make you strong as a leader and recommit to your boldest leadership dreams to design a compelling path into the future.

Participants in this workshop will be introduced to and develop the five essential appreciative leadership skills:
– inquiry into strengths, values and positive possibilities
– inclusion of others in co-creating the future;
– illumination of the best of people and situations;
– inspiring hope for the future;
– and demonstrating relational integrity.

This course is broken into 3 days:
-Monday, November 2, 2015 from 8:00am-4:30pm
-Monday, November 9, 2015 from 8:00am-4:30pm
-Tuesday, November 10, 2015 from 8:00am-4:30pm

As this workshop requires a fair amount of pre-work and administrative preparation, registration will be closed by 4pm on Friday, October 2, 2015. To run the session, we require a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 16 participants. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Please note this session runs from 8:30 am – 4:30pm each day.

November 23, 2015
In-Powering: Making Sense of your Talents and Strengths
Cost: $275

When we learn to work from our strengths rather than those things that make us feel weak or insecure, we feel stronger, more energized, more fulfilled and more productive.

This workshop uses the StrengthsFinder 2.0 assessment tool and enhances participant understanding of the full potential of these strengths. The CoreClarity In-Powering methodology allows participants to categorize their strengths further to assist in making sense of the information.

Note: Cost of material included in workshop fee.

As this workshop involves a fair amount of preparation, registration will be closed by Friday, November 6, 2015

Design Your Learning Opportunities

Since 1993, an average of 1,000 UBC employees participate annually in MOST workshops. As we continue offering effective and meaningful workshops, we welcome your questions and recommendations for improvement. Is there a MOST workshop you would like to see offered more often? Is there a topic you would like to see as a MOST workshop? Contact Winnie Kam at the MOST registration desk at 604.822.9644 or to let us know your feedback.