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Professional Development Series

scheduled employee development programs

Spring 2020 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.

 

Overview of the University's Performance Management Program
Tuesday, February 18th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Caroline Cullen, Sr. Compensation Analyst, Compensation & 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.


Making Your Work (More) Meaningful
Wednesday, February 26th - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Michael Pratt, O'Connor Family Professorship, Management & Organization, CSOM

One-third of your life -- that’s decent estimate of the amount of time you’ll spend at work. Given the time we invest, most of us want work that is personally meaningful – that is, work that is engaging and worth doing. However, Gallup polls find that most people are not actively engaged in their work; and others find that 9 out of 10 people would trade a portion of their salary (on average 23%) to have more meaningful work.

In this session you’ll learn of the two biggest barriers to meaningful work, and how to overcome them. You’ll also come to understand the 6 major pathways to meaningful work, which path(s) you prefer, as well as how to use this information to better motivate yourself -- as well as your team -- by making work more meaningful. 


Your Professional Social Media Brand
Wednesday, March 11th - 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Zanna Ollove, Senior Social Media Specialist, Office of University Communications

In this program, you will learn how - or brush up on your knowledge about - social media and how it can benefit "your brand." We'll discuss how to build a professional brand on social media, as well as some of the advantages and how to avoid pitfalls.

 


Networking for Career Impact
Wednesday, April 8th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Dennis Charles, Consultant

Do you find networking daunting and challenging? Are you unsure of who are the best people who whom to network? Or even where to best build your network effectively?

Networking is not about being extroverted and the life and soul of the party. Networking is a learned skill, one we didn’t learn how to do in grade school. Anyone can learn how uniquely develop relationships through networking, and this workshop will show you how.

Networking for Career Impact will help you network confidently and help you connect with the right people in order to:

  1. Network confidently, effectively and selectively.
  2. How to network, who to network with, and where to network effectively.
  3. How to follow up to cultivate and develop key long term relationships.

Resilience Advantage: Skills for Personal and Professional Effectiveness
Tuesday, March 10th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Pat Touzin, Director, Faculty/Staff Assistance Program

In this skill-based program, you will learn practical tools and strategies to strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making. Based upon the Institute of Heart Math’s research into the physiology of optimal performance, you will walk away with concrete practices that increase well-being, mental clarity and emotional stability.

Workshop topics include:
• The latest findings from optimal-performance research.
• Skills for building resilience in the face of change and uncertainty.
• Intelligent energy self-regulation techniques.
• How to better access intuition for improved decision-making.
• Practical ideas for easily integrating valuable tools into everyday routines.


Navigating Difficult Interactions
Wednesday, March 18th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jim Ognibene, Visioneer Consulting

Each and every day we have dozens of interactions: some pleasant and some not so pleasant. Over the years, we’ve each developed patterns of behavior we’ve grown into as ways of responding to difficult people and situations. The way we act in any given situation is usually a factor of personality, environment and the
unique stressors of the moments.

We will look at new ways of reacting intended to minimize difficulty and/or even turn a situation completely around. Sometimes, if we are willing to change to way we act and re-act in certain situations, we may be surprised by the fact that it might change the behavior of others. We will learn strategies to balance reactions, handle difficult situations and use win/win strategies to create benefits for all.


The Importance of a Positive Mindset in Creating a Thriving Career
Wednesday, April 1st - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Mike Fitzgerald, Fitzgerald Career Advisory Services

In this interactive session, Mike Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald Career Advisory Services will present some core principles and then facilitate a group conversation about the value of a positive mindset in creating a thriving career. This two hour session will include:

  • Reflection on a time when you had a really strong sense of capability/confidence/trust in yourself at work
  • Understanding the fundamental choice of  abundance vs scarcity and why it matters
  • The importance of identifying and reframing beliefs and patterns of thinking that may not serve your goals or intentions today
  • Tips for developing a positive and confident mindset
  • The invitation to adopt one or two specific changes in how you think and act in relation to your career

Exploring the Concept of Grit and What It Can Mean For You
Wednesday, April 15th - 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Rita Ghilani, Programs for Working People

Grit can be described as the practice of pursuing challenging goals, over time, with persistence and passion. People with grit are more successful, enjoy greater well-being and a healthier emotional life, and have greater life satisfaction. Learn what is meant by authentic grit, examine the science behind it, explore the importance of a “growth mindset,” and investigate the essential components of grit. Discover a variety of specific techniques, some of them quite simple, which can help you to increase your level of grit and enjoy the rewards of doing so.


DISC, The Personal Assessment to Improve Work Productivity, Teamwork, and Communication
Wednesday, April 29th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

There is a fee of $55 which includes the assessment, a personalized report and access to on-line tools to support your learning when you leave this session.

The DiSC® model provides a common language that people can use to better understand themselves and to adapt their behaviors with others — within a work team, a leadership position, or other relationships.

DiSC profiles help you and your team:

  • Increase your self-knowledge: how you respond to conflict, what motivates you, what causes you stress, and how you solve problems
  • Improve working relationships by recognizing the communication needs of team members
  • Facilitate better teamwork and teach productive conflict
  • Develop stronger sales skills by identifying and responding to customer styles
  • Manage more effectively by understanding the dispositions and priorities of employees and team members

Overview of the University's Performance Management Program
Tuesday, February 18th - 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Caroline Cullen, Sr. Compensation Analyst, Compensation & 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.

 


Tools for Managers: Developing Your Team
Thursday, March 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Adrienne Chiozzi, Employee Development Analyst
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.


 

The Mind of a Leader
Tuesday, April 14th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenters: Pat Touzin, Director, Employee Assistance Program
Michael Connolly, Cambridge Consulting

Gallup researchers have shown that people do not follow a leader because of any particular expertise or accomplishment, but because the leader has their trust, gives them hope, creates stability, and demonstrates compassion. These leadership qualities and practices are crucial in the current environment of complexity, uncertainty, and rapid change.

In their book,The Mind of the Leader, researchers Rasmus Hougaard and Jacqueline Carter suggest that the essential qualities of the modern leader are mindfulness, selflessness, and compassion.  The good news is that the research indicates that leaders can train to develop all three.

In this session we will define these terms, give an overview of key concepts, and explore their practical applications through the lenses of self-development, people-development, and organizational development.

 


Intro to Design Thinking for Strategic Challenges - An Interactive Experience
Thursday, April 23rd, 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Presenters: Mary Reilly, Data Graphics Designer and Daniel Riehs, Associate Director, Institutional Research & Planning

Have you wondered what exactly design thinking is, and how it might be useful to you? Design thinking’s focus on empathy and inviting stakeholders into the process has made it a popular technique for problem-solving outside of the realm of traditional design. Problems are tackled deliberately, in a step-by-step manner that reveals the creativity in everyone.

Participants in this workshop will be presented with a realistic scenario involving a strategic challenge at Boston College. They will be led through the design thinking process, and emerge with ideas that could be implemented by leaders at BC. This highly-interactive half-day workshop will give participants a foundational understanding of design thinking techniques and introduce new methods for collaboratively solving University problems.

 

Disability Inclusion: Reasonable Accommodation Process and Best Practices
Tuesday, February 25th - 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Presenter: Edilma Hosein, Assistant Director, Office for Institutional Diversity

Join Edilma Hosein from the Office for Institutional Diversity to learn more about the University's support for employees with disabilities and how you can support your coworkers, and help create an inclusive environment here at BC.



Dizzy Over Data? Information Governance 101
Tuesday, March 17th - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Lance Tucker, Associate Technology Director, ITS

Does your office maintain a variety of information (data)? How do you collect it? How do you share it? How do you know your information is current? How to you measure the quality of information you produce? Are you able to describe your information in ways that are meaningful to those who need to use it?
 
These questions all relate to information governance, a hot topic that is especially the buzz in industry and higher education. Many of our peer institutions have formal programs and positions assigned to address information governance. Developing and delivering quality information is not by chance.

In this workshop you will:
• Learn the building blocks of information governance through a variety of exercises and games
• Hear about cutting edge ideas from industry leaders
• Preview some of the tools and programs being developed at BC to assist employees in managing their data.
• Discuss key roles for developing a successful information governance program including the role we all play in improving the quality of University data

 


The College Admissions Process
Tuesday, March 24th - 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Presenter: Grant Gosselin, Director, Undergraduate Admissions

This session will provide insight into the admission and enrollment picture at Boston College followed by questions and answers about the college admission process in general.