Professional Development Series

These offerings serve as an investment in an employee’s future at Boston College by providing opportunities for full professional development beyond one's current role and job description. Programs offered can improve specific skills, enrich the work experience, increase job satisfaction and/or stimulate individual career progress.

Professional Development Series

Mind of a Leader: Selflessness

Selflessness is the second element of MSC Leadership (Mindfulness, Selflessness, and Compassion). Selflessness is not saintliness; it is getting out of your own way... not taking up all the air in the room. Selfless leaders have learned to sidestep the compulsion to have all the answers, to be busy (action addiction), to be in the limelight, to control.  In this session, we'll share practices that help unwind these and other counterproductive mental habits and beliefs. You will learn several short practices that cultivate a certain spaciousness through which you and your colleagues can naturally access your collective intelligence and creativity.

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September 29

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Stress and Resilience: Balancing Moment to Moment

Changing the pattern of the breath can quiet fluctuations of the mind, balance emotions, and improve stress resiliency. This practical program will offer a definition of stress, help you to recognize your own stress patterns, explain the physiology of stress, and teach specific breathing techniques to mediate the impact of stress and help you “balance moment to moment”.

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October 01

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Mind of a Leader: Compassion

Compassion is the combination of empathic, nonjudgmental awareness of another's feelings, perspective, and needs, together with the inclination to connect and provide assistance.  Compassion is finite.  We have limited stores of it and must recharge as needed.  This requires self-compassion: nonjudgmental awareness and acceptance of first, yourself; second, your feelings, values and needs; and third, your intentions and responsibilities.  In this session, we'll introduce brief practices that will increase your awareness and help you explore how compassion influences your relationship with self and others. 

Finally, we'll review how the three components of MSC leadership (mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion) are mutually enhancing.  They are not simply concepts; they are experiential and can be developed through awareness and practice.  Mindfulness makes us more selfless; selflessness makes us more compassionate; compassion, in turn, makes us more mindful and more selfless.

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October 07

11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Five Modes of Interpersonal Dynamics

In this session, you will understand five basic positions taken during our day to day interactions and be able to apply specific behaviors and actions with each.

Behaviors in conflict are described along two basic dimensions:

  • Assertiveness
  • Cooperativeness.

These, in turn, can be used to define five different modes of behavioral responses or positions and to explain how these positions lead to destructive or constructive results. Using the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode instrument, participants will discover their own usual mode of interacting with others, but they will also learn that they can make different choices that can produce more favorable results.

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October 21

1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Flying Lessons: What I do now that I couldn't imagine before

"We were flying the plane while we were building it."  Sound familiar?

That statement has special meaning in our work and personal lives as we embraced "business as unusual" in 2020. Overnight, we changed how we lived and worked.  Familiar tasks required new learning; tried and true processes somehow no longer applied. And yet,  we did it! Somehow, we learned to work in our new virtual environment, flying the plane while building it.

This 90-minute interactive session is about you.  It is an opportunity to pause and reflect on the existing - and new - skills and experiences you brought to the table to keep the plane in the air. 

Did you know that there are two types of experiences? "Those that went well ....and those that make for a great story." Often it is the experience that didn't go as well as expected, that required some major creativity and resiliency to accomplish the goal that are the most interesting stories.

Join with your colleagues to share both types of stories and walk away with ideas to capture lessons learned while flying.

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October 27

1:00 PM – 2:30 PM