GVSU Excellence Series added to GRCC schedule of Learning Opportunities for winter 2014

Registration is open to all Staff and Faculty and is available online at the following link: http://www.grcc.edu/staffdevelopment/currentlearningopportunitiesregistration or by calling Staff Development at ext. 4285. **Due to limited number of seats, preference will be given to GVSU employees in the event the workshop is full**

JANUARY

Profitable Time Management
Tuesday, January 14, 2014 • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Room 123, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
Workshop presented by Renwick Brutus, MBA; founder & CEO, Achievement Resources, LLC

This is an exciting look at time management for those individuals who never seem to find the time for things that matter most.  Participants will learn how to:

  • Establish goals and priorities
  • Determine high-impact activities
  • Say “no” and feel OK
  • Schedule and use calendars effectively
  • Delegate and obtain willing assistance

Creating Optimism in The Workplace

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Room 1008A, L. William Seidman Center

Workshop presented by Sheryl Prindle, Training Consultant

Is negativity a problem in your office?  Workplace negativity can spread quickly and quietly, but it can be stopped if you recognize the danger signals and act on them.  Negativity is often the underlying cause of poor performance, deteriorating quality, or a fall-off in teamwork.  This training gives people the tools they need to:

  • Trace and replace their unproductive behaviors
  • Learn the difference between healthy skepticism and whining
  • Effectively challenge negativity in others
  • Develop a “we can get it done” attitude

When employees put negativity behind them, healthy communication thrives, absenteeism takes a holiday, and creativity and innovation flourish.

FEBRUARY

Eight Ground Rules for Job Success in the Face of Change

Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 9:00 am – 11:30 am, Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center

Thursday, February 6, 2014 • 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm, Room 1008A, L. William Seidman Center

Workshop presented by Deborah Phillips, HR Consultant

Work.  It’s such an important part of our lives.  And not just because of the money.  Work gives life meaning and purpose.  It contributes to our sense of worth…our self-concept…even our mental and physical health.  Work helps keep us centered – grounded – and that’s so valuable during these times of chaotic change.  But here’s the paradox:  The only way our work can carry this kind of positive, steadying influence on our day-to-day lives is for us to keep changing our approach to the job.  As the world evolves, so must we.  Learn how to make visible contributions beyond the boundaries of your immediate assignments.  Here’s just a few of the ground rules you’ll discuss:

  • Help create value; add more value than you cost
  • Explore and innovate; attack the future rather than protect the past
  • Balance yourself; start less…finish more.  Set limits and do something you can enjoy every day.

Bias Incident Protocol Training

Tuesday, February 11, 2014 • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Room 1008A, L. William Seidman Center

Workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB)

What is a biased incident?  Do they happen at GVSU?  What do I do if I experience or witness one?  The Team Against Bias (TAB) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students at GVSU.  The group was created to review information regarding bias incidents and implement strategies to educate and engage the campus community.  TAB is committed to making certain that all faculty, staff and students know what a bias incident is and how to use the protocol for reporting such incidents.  This training is both interactive and practical.

International Students in the Classroom / Working with International Students

Thursday, February 20, 2014 • 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm, Room 2263, Russel H. Kirkhof Center
Workshop presented by Kate Stoetzner, Director of International Student and Scholar Services

This interactive session will include current international students as well as an overview to better serve the international student population at GVSU.

MARCH

Bias Incident Protocol Training
Wednesday, March 12, 2014 • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm, Room 2270, Russel H. Kirkhof Center
Workshop presented by Members of the GVSU Team Against Bias (TAB)

What is a biased incident?  Do they happen at GVSU or GRCC?  What do I do if I experience or witness one?  The Team Against Bias (TAB) is a diverse group of faculty, staff and students at GVSU.  The group was created to review information regarding bias incidents and implement strategies to educate and engage the campus community.  TAB is committed to making certain that all faculty, staff and students know what a bias incident is and how to use the protocol for reporting such incidents.  This training is both interactive and practical.

Mindful Leadership

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 • 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center
Workshop presented by Kim Monaghan, HR Career Services for Faculty and Staff Consultant

Mindful Leadership is all about leading with wisdom and empowerment. By taking a more methodical, collaborative, yet direct approach mindful leaders inspire others to draw from within and employ internal wisdom in achieving personal, professional and organizational objectives. In this workshop, we will explore the concepts of mindfulness and how the practice increases focus and performance. We will also look at leadership from a holistic perspective and how the practice of mindfulness can help build strong teams and heal a toxic workplace. Finally, we will challenge the leader in all of us to cultivate a more authentic and disciplined path to success.

APRIL

Communication Effectiveness for Leadership

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Room 2266, Russel H. Kirkhof Center

Wednesday, April 2, 2014 • 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Room 123, Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences

Workshop presented by Deb Dunbar, University Director, Organizational Development, Indiana University

According to the Gallup poll, 80% of the United States adult population feel as though they are in the top 20% in terms of their communication effectiveness.  People spend the vast majority of their time communicating with others, and literally cannot lead effectively without communicating effectively.  Attend this session and learn the fine points of high impact communication.

In this highly interactive session we will focus on:

  • Enhancing communication effectiveness
  • A communications model that increases understanding
  • Listening as a primary communication tool
  • A four step process for providing effective feedback.

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