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Spring 2015 Program Offerings



People Want to be Magnificent . . . But How?
Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistant Program, Human Resources

What is the purpose of your work? How do you become better at what you do? What do you need, and need to know, to do your best? This half-day workshop offers a series of exercises and reflection to prompt answers to these questions, and your answers may surprise you. We explore the link between magnificence and motivation; between magnificence and leadership; and between magnificence and communication.

This session will

  • reframe your perspective on how you do your work
  • explore challenges that hinder clear two-way communication
  • identify key elements of workplace role satisfaction
  • teach a model to manage up

Become more magnificent than you already are!

February 17, 2015
9-12
Walsh Hall Function Room

University-wide Competencies
Communication and Continuous Learning

University-wide Competencies
Communication and Continuous Learning

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Influencing Without Authority
Michael A. Connolly, Cambridge Consulting

Working in a large organization means depending on people you can't control, e.g. peers, project team members, ­suppliers. In these and other cases where you don't have formal authority (and even when you do), strategies of influence, persuasion and collaboration are called for. But most people don't like a hard sell and no one wants to be manipulated. How can you increase your capacity to influence while maintaining both integrity and rapport?

In this workshop you will explore the traditional "power and influence" approach and an alternative that capitalizes on vulnerability and transparency. Both are useful.

Through video, discussion, real life cases and experiential exercises, you will learn

  • how to set realistic expectations
  • your untapped sources of power and influence
  • how common uses of language create conflict and suspicion - and how to use language that defuses, clarifies and opens up dialogue
  • how appreciation increases opportunities for influencing and collaborating with others
  • what different influencing strategies look like and how to choose one that you are comfortable with

Thursday, March 19, 2015
9-12
Walsh Hall Function Room

University-wide Competencies
Communication and Continuous Learning

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