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Professional Development Series

scheduled employee development programs

Fall 2019 Program Offerings

If you have trouble registering below, please visit our Registration Form. All sessions will be held in the Walsh Hall Function Room, unless otherwise noted below.

** NOTE: Simply adding a class from the calendar below to your Google calendar does not register you for training. Please complete the registration form.

 

Understanding Your Strengths
Tuesday, October 15th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Stefane Cahill Farella, Associate Director and Adrienne Chiozzi, Employee Development Analyst, Employee Development

Do you know and work with your strengths? All people have a unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills—strengths—that they use in their daily lives to do their work, achieve their goals, and interact with others. The Gallup organization has found that when people understand and apply their strengths, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. Yet, many people don't know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.

In this workshop, you will learn about the foundational principles of the strengths-based movement and begin to make sense of your top 5 strengths. All participants must take the brief CliftonStrengths online assessment in advance of the session. As a follow up, participants will also have the opportunity for a one-hour individual strengths-based coaching session.


 

Overview of the University's Performance Management Program
Tuesday, November 5th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Jeremy Brault, Director, Compensation and Bernie O'Kane, Director, Employee Development

This session will provide an overview of the University’s Performance Management Program. We will spend time talking about performance management as an ongoing and dynamic process for manager and employee, the role of goals and competencies, the skills needed to effectively utilize and benefit from the program and the resources available to support both managers and employees throughout the process.

In addition, we will review how to effectively prepare for the appraisal form completion and University's Annual Merit Review.


 

What's Your Story? Tips for marketing yourself and increasing your career visibility at BC
Wednesday, November 13th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Trisha Griffin-Carty, Griffin Carty Communications

"So, what do you do at BC?"

Most of us have a practiced - and  often - very short response. "I work in IT."  "I'm in Finance."  "Advancement". However, if asked what we really do, the answers are quite different, much more detailed and memorable.

Navigating your career today requires knowing what you do, and how you contribute to a specific job, department and BC as a whole...and sharing that information with others. Why? Because a strong reputation is key to career success.

The challenge is this: how do you identify how you want to be known and share that information with others in a clear, concise, confident statement that does not smack of self-promotion?

Through a series of interactive discussions and exercises, participants will explore and react to three questions:  

1. Who knows about what I do? 

2. Who should know?

4. How can I effectively market myself and build my BC reputation?

Understanding Your Strengths
Tuesday, October 15th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Stefane Cahill Farella, Associate Director and Adrienne Chiozzi, Employee Development Analyst, Employee Development

Do you know and work with your strengths? All people have a unique combination of talents, knowledge, and skills—strengths—that they use in their daily lives to do their work, achieve their goals, and interact with others. The Gallup organization has found that when people understand and apply their strengths, the effect on their lives and work is transformational. Yet, many people don't know what their strengths are or have the opportunity to use them to their advantage.

In this workshop, you will learn about the foundational principles of the strengths-based movement and begin to make sense of your top 5 strengths. All participants must take the brief CliftonStrengths online assessment in advance of the session. As a follow up, participants will also have the opportunity for a one-hour individual strengths-based coaching session.


Managing Up
Thursday, October 17th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Janet Britcher, Transformation Management

Have you faced one of these scenarios?

  • Your new manager was your peer yesterday. She would not have been your first choice. How do you accept the change to work effectively?
  • Your manager has picked someone else to work on an attractive project, when you think you have more appropriate skills. How do you respond?
  • Your manager has just given you a project list a mile long – which is different from the list last week. Since you don’t plan to work 100 hours a week, how can you be accommodating yet questioning?
  • It seems you are in the dark about the overall direction of the department and organization, despite press releases and town hall style meetings. That understanding would be motivating for you. How do you seek more information?

Through experiential activities you will develop skills to address these dilemmas. You will leave with a list of tips, do’s and don'ts, a “tool” to prepare for the meeting, and an experience preparing and practicing a conversation and receiving feedback before your next conversation with your manager. We practice everything else: job skills, academic learning, sports, music. Now practice being aware of yourself while effectively
influencing up!


Courageous Communication at Work
Wednesday, October 23rd - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Rita Ghilani, Programs for Working People

Open and respectful communication is the single most important tool for working productively and managing the inevitable challenges that can arise at work. However, it often feels as though truly listening and speaking thoughtfully have become lost skills in the midst of the fast pace and increased reliance on technology.

The good news is that techniques for excellence in workplace communication can be learned. Examine the rationale for courageous communication, explore negative patterns, and learn specific listening and speaking strategies that can pave the way to improved relationships. Find new ways to solve workplace issues and challenges with courage and clarity.


Communicating to Resolve Conflict
Monday, October 28th - 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jay Sullivan, Exec/Comm

Working with others can lead to conflict. Maybe you find it difficult to get along with a specific co-worker. Maybe your team struggles to get past differences of opinion. And maybe a colleague reacts defensively to performance feedback, change, or stress. While you can’t avoid all work conflicts, you can change the way you handle the conflict. How do you do that?

The Communicating to Resolve Conflict program prepares you to discuss difficult issues in one-to-one interactions, improves your conflict-resolution skills, and allows you to relate more successfully with colleagues.


 

The Multi-Generational Workplace - Appreciating Everyone's Contributions
Thursday, November 14th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Sue Coleman, Assistant Dean, Social Work

This presentation will provide a context for understanding the current make-up of the American workforce, with respect to generational differences.

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Understand the contexts in which each generation came of age and how it affects workplace interactions and expectations
  • Appreciate the trends in the current workplace environment as they influence professional development across the generations
  • Learn skills to better supervise and collaborate with colleagues in a multi-generational workplace
     

Foundations of Strategic Planning
Wednesday, October 9th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Denice Koljonen, Associate Director, Institutional Research & Planning  

Planning at Boston College takes many shapes and forms. In this session you will learn about the types of strategic planning tools available to help you and your department effectively plan for the future.

We will review Boston College’s strategic directions and discuss how your department’s priorities and goals align with, and support, the Institutional strategic plan. We will examine the primary components of strategic planning and how you can use the strategic planning process to improve your team’s operations.

We will conclude the session with some strategic planning exercises and build out/refine at least one of your goals for next year.
 


Managing Student Employees More Effectively
Tuesday, October 22nd - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Panel discussion with representatives from HR, Student Employment, Career Center, ITS and Campus Recreation

Whether you oversee two or two hundred student employees, we invite you to join us for an interactive session to help you manage your student employees more effectively. Representatives from various areas across campus will share their ideas regarding onboarding programs, providing feedback, and tips for developing your students. Also, Student Employment will review policies related to hours and minimum wage requirements. We will share new initiatives that have been developed to help students make the most of their employment on campus.

 


The Multi-Generational Workplace - Appreciating Everyone's Contributions
Thursday, November 14th, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Sue Coleman, Assistant Dean, Social Work  

This presentation will provide a context for understanding the current make-up of the American workforce, with respect to generational differences.

At the end of this training, participants will:

  • Understand the contexts in which each generation came of age and how it affects workplace interactions and expectations
  • Appreciate the trends in the current workplace environment as they influence professional development across the generations
  • Learn skills to better supervise and collaborate with colleagues in a multi-generational workplace

 

Tools for Managers: Developing Your Team
Tuesday, December 3rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Adrienne Chiozzi, Employee Development Analyst
Carolyn Donoghue, Assistant Director, Employee Development
Stefane Cahill Farella, Associate Director, Employee Development

Do you ever wonder why your team has its own distinctive (maybe dysfunctional) way of behaving? In this workshop, you will learn the models of major theorists on team development—including Tuckman, Wheelan, and Lencioni—that will help you make sense of your team. We will also discuss tactics for helping teams to move closer to becoming high-performing.

Keys to Discernment as a Jesuit University
Wednesday, October 30th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Burt Howell, Executive Director, Intersections

Since their founding, Jesuits have been experts in helping people make decisions. They call this process discernment. Because it is a Catholic and Jesuit University, many at Boston College have promoted the practice of discernment and have worked to make it accessible and relevant to students, faculty, administrators, and staff. Michael Himes and J. A. Appleyard, S.J. have been leaders in this area. This program will discuss their ideas through two of their most significant essays: the Three Key Questions and the Pocket Guide to Jesuit Education.


 

Mysterious World of Financial Aid
Thursday, October 31st - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Bernie Pekala, Director, Enrollment Management and Melissa Metcalf, Associate Director, Student Services

If you are a parent of a college-bound child, you probably have many questions about the college financial aid process, especially, the new income reporting requirements. This seminar/workshop will provide you with a short presentation on the financial aid process, followed by a hands-on workshop on completing the FAFSA and the Profile financial aid forms.

The first part’s topics will include: What is financial aid? What are the types of financial aid? How do (or should) I apply for financial aid? What is financial aid need? How is need/aid determined? How do I appeal for more aid? How do I pay the remaining costs? The second part will focus on the financial aid forms such as the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and College Board’s Profile Form.


 

The Veterans Experience
Wednesday, November 6th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Julie Canfield, School of Social Work and Jack Spang, Information Technology Services


 

Tips for Running Effective Meetings
Tuesday, December 9th - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Presenter: Carolyn Donoghue, Assistant Director, Employee Development


Have you ever walked out of a meeting and thought - well that was a waste of time! Or left a meeting wondering what the next steps were? This session will provide you with some tips and tools you can implement now to make the most of your meetings and your time!