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

February 11, 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.

February 13, 2015
The Joy of Conflict: Fundamentals of Collaboration
Cost: $130
Conflict is inevitable whenever people interact. If not properly managed, it can become confrontational, personally stressful and unproductive. This interactive half-day session will provide you with the basics of how to move beyond confrontation and address conflict more productively. Specifically, you will learn to:
-observe the roles people play in conflict and how they lead to confrontation instead of collaboration
-analyze a conflict and determine underlying causes
-shift from positions to interests
-ask open questions to probe for the root of a conflict

February 17 & February 24, 2015
Practical Project Management
Cost: $475
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.
This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools, and proven processes that ensure your projects stay on track and your objectives are achieved on time and on budget.
Whether you take this course with your project team or individually, you will come away with the confidence to deliver the goods.

March 4, 2015
Moving from Peer to Leader 1: Practical Tools for First Time Managers and Supervisors
Cost: $275
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.

March 6, 2015
The Joy of Conflict: Managing the Emotional Climate
Cost: $130
Unmanaged emotion is the greatest barrier to effective communication and productive conflict resolution. This interactive half-day workshop will provide you with the knowledge and skills to better understand and manage emotion both your own and that of others. Specifically, you will learn to:
-describe the anger arousal cycle and the role emotion plays in conflict
-manage yourself and your emotions in conflict
-employ empathy and other techniques to defuse an upset or angry person

March 13, 2015
Selection Interviewing: Ensuring Equity
Cost: FREE
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 who currently have responsibility for the hiring and selection of staff.

March 19, 2015
Career Navigation at UBC
Cost: FREE
Join UBC’s Career Navigation & Transition Consultant Pooja Khandelwal in an interactive one and a half hour session to explore career navigation at UBC. This session intends to increase self-reflections, begin creating a personalized career plan, and look at resources available to support and enhance your professional experience at the university.

April 10 & April 17, 2015
Public Speaking: Presenting Yourself and Your Ideas Effectively (NEW two half-days format!)
Cost: $240

Knowing how to present yourself and your ideas confidently is essential to succeeding at work. This two-day work shop will cover basic presentation skills from building confidence, through organizing, and presenting. You will learn and practice how to present when you have very little time to prepare as well as how to organize and present a more formal speech. Whether you have taken a course before or are a true beginner, this friendly and relaxed course will give you the confidence to organize and present your ideas effectively.

May 1, 2015
The Joy of Conflict: Basics of Assertiveness
Cost: $130

Most people find it challenging to effectively set limits and assert their needs, be it with managers, staff, co-workers or clients. This can allow assumptions to go unchecked and irritations to build until they boil over in full fledged conflict. This workshop will provide you with the basic knowledge and skills to set limits in a way that minimizes defensiveness. Specifically, you will learn to differentiate between aggressive, passive and assertive behaviour, separate the person from the problem by being objective and descriptive, and ask directly for what you need.

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.