2015 - 2016 Open Workshops

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Here is the current list of our 2015-2016 workshops which are open to all employees of the university. We occasionally add workshops throughout the year based on need and current events.  All  workshops are also announced through CMU Today and are listed on Central Link under My Workday/Employee Training. You may also register for these workshops at that location a few months in advance of the event.    

 

OPEN WORKSHOP PROGRAM TITLEDATETIME LOCATION
End-of-the-Year Performance Review Conversations. 
It is time to take the pain and anxiety out of this process, and create a meaningful dialogue that strengthens relationships and improves employee engagement rather than damaging them both.  This training covers the four basic needs of every employee, and what you can do to best meet those needs through effective two way conversations.  It will also provide a quick overview of how to use the new performance review system.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.
06/04/159:30am - 12:00pmRowe 229​
The 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity.  The difference between extraordinary and average is a choice…actually 5 choices to be precise!  Welcome to Franklin Covey's time management workshop for the 21st Century!  Drawing from up to date brain science research and their foundational principles of personal and organizational effectiveness, this two day workshop focuses in on the skills of decision, attention, and energy management to weather the dramatic storm of 21st century distractions and demands.  The cost of  $150 includes two lunches, and high quality materials to help keep you on track.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​06/09/158:30am - 5:00pm​​Rowe 229
End-of-the-Year Performance Review Conversations. 
It is time to take the pain and anxiety out of this process, and create a meaningful dialogue that strengthens relationships and improves employee engagement rather than damaging them both.  This training covers the four basic needs of every employee, and what you can do to best meet those needs through effective two way conversations.  It will also provide a quick overview of how to use the new performance review system.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.
​06/24/151:00pm - 3:30pm​​Rowe 229
Difficult Conversations.  We've all been there. We need to talk, but we would rather not! Whether it's about performance, discipline, emotions, or the neighbor's dog, the struggle of what to say and how to say it weighs heavy. Utilizing principles and ideas from a variety of resources, this workshop will explore the dynamics of what is involved in this kind of conversation, and review practical ways to make them less stressful and more productive. Facilitated by Harley ​Blake.​  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.  ​07/28/15​9:00am- ​12:00pm​Rowe 229
Performance Conversations - Getting Started on the Right Foot.  The key to a performance review process that motivates employees to great work and improved relationships is providing a solid foundation of clear expectations for the coming year.  Interestingly enough, employees listed that as the #1 way supervisors could improve the review process in our campus surveys.  Start things on the right foot by coming to this workshop to gain skills in how to do this effectively, whether you are a supervisor or an employee.   ​Facilitated by Harley Blake. To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​08/12/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Running Effective Meetings.    Learn techniques to increase buy-in, participation, and commitment.  Be a meeting leader who uses meetings to get things done, make decisions, build morale, and communicate pertinent information.  Participants will review how to bring more structure and direction to their meetings, while keeping them interactive and positive.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​8/20/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
​​Managing Your Time & Your Life.  Life and Work balance…how often it is talked about and how seldom it is achieved.  This workshop is aimed at development skills to help you identify and achieve your highest priorities, thereby producing a more organized and peaceful life.​  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.0​9/11/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
​​Problem Solving & Decision Making.​09/16/159:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Leadership Excellence.  This is a fun-filled, fast-paced program that covers supervision theory, management practices, and leadership skills in an interactive and engaging setting. Certification will be awarded upon completion of the entire series. Make up sessions will be offered in the following semester for those who miss up to two sessions. If you are interested, you must register for the entire series which includes seven sessions, plus two electives.  To register, call Deb Spranger @ x7194 or email spran1dj@cmich.edu.  
​9/18/15
9/24/15
10/2/15
10/23/15
10/30/15
11/6/15
11/13/15



Sessions run from 8:30am - 12:30pm, with the exception of the first session (8:30-3:30) and last session 8:30-1:30)
 
​Rowe 229, unless otherwise noted on class materials.

Violence Prevention.  What is the line between someone "just having a bad day" and someone exhibiting serious behaviors that should be addressed in some way?  When and how should I intervene, if ever, and would it make a difference?  If I felt I should report something, who would I report it to?  This workshop will define the Workplace Violence Spectrum, specifically help you to identify Behaviors of Concern that could lead to serious acts of violence in the workplace, and what to do if you see them.   It will also familiarize you with CMU's Violence Prevention Policy and identify your responsibilities within it. Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​09/23/1510:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Creativity & Innovation.  In an age of constant change, it is critical that your team develops the ability to generate new ideas and drive them through to implementation.  How?  It involves the very culture of your organization, as well as an understanding of the dynamics of creativity and the context in which you live and work.  This workshop will explore these concepts, and provide you with some hands on practice with some divergent thinking tools and ways to take the resulting ideas and focus in on the ones worth implementing.  ​Facilitated by Harley Blake.​09/30/158:30am - 12:30pm​​Rowe 229
Service Excellence.  ​CMU's four service excellence values of care, knowledge, availability and follow-through will be discussed, together with ideas for implementation back in your work setting.  Strategies for handling the difficult customer will also be covered.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.   To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/6/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Service Excellence.  ​CMU's four service excellence values of care, knowledge, availability and follow-through will be discussed, together with ideas for implementation back in your work setting.  Strategies for handling the difficult customer will also be covered.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/7/15​2:00pm - 4:00pm​Rowe 229
Service Excellence.  ​CMU's four service excellence values of care, knowledge, availability and follow-through will be discussed, together with ideas for implementation back in your work setting.  Strategies for handling the difficult customer will also be covered.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.​  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/8/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
4 Imperatives of Great Leaders.  In this half day workshop you will be introduced to the 4 Imperatives which are essential to great leadership in the Knowledge Worker Age: Inspiring Trust, Clarifying Purpose, Aligning Systems, and Unleashing Talent. This workshop includes an extensive 360 feedback questionnaire which needs to be completed before you come to the workshop, therefore you must register by September 20th.  There is a $40.00 fee for this workshop for the cost of the Franklin Covey materials.   Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/13/15​8:30am - 12:30pm
​Rowe 229
Difficult Conversations.  We've all been there. We need to talk, but we would rather not! Whether it's about performance, discipline, emotions, or the neighbor's dog, the struggle of what to say and how to say it weighs heavy. Utilizing principles and ideas from a variety of resources, this workshop will explore the dynamics of what is involved in this kind of conversation, and review practical ways to make them less stressful and more productive. Facilitated by Harley ​Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/21/159:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Change and Transitions.  Change happens!  Whether at home or work, chosen or not, we all face change of various kinds and intensities.  How can I work through change to obtain the best possible results, while helping those around me who may be experiencing some of the same things?  Based on William Bridges' (2000) model of change, this interactive workshop will explore the dynamics involved in change, so participants can better navigate through both the change and their personal reactions to it. Participants will understand the three phases of the transition process and how to develop a plan to work through a difficult change.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.
​10/27/159:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Delegation & Empowerment.  Delegation is one of the most critical skills a leader needs. We often think that if we do it ourselves, the results will be what we want. Seminar participants will learn how to utilize team talent and ability; delegate for outcome rather than process; create a process and plan for effective delegation; and learn to balance responsibility, authority, accountability and support.  Facilitated by Deb Dunbar from Indiana University.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​10/30/151:45pm - 4:15pm​​Rowe 229
5 Dysfunctions of a Team.  This workshop is based on the bestselling book by Patrick Lencioni, and includes video of him sharing stories and examples which illustrate his model.   It reviews the five dysfunctions that prevent most organizations from optimally performing: absence of trust, fear of conflict, inability to commit, lack of accountability, and inattention to results. Participants will explore how to apply strategies to overcome the challenges teams encounter.To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training. encounter.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  ​11/10/159:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).  The effects of personality can hardly be overestimated.  Success itself often hinges on an understanding of our natural strengths and abilities, and how we interact with others with different personalities.  In this workshop, you will take the MBTI personality inventory to discover your natural preferences and style.  Through discussion and activities we'll explore personality's impact on relationships, teamwork, and communication. Cost of training materials is $15.00.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​11/18/15​9:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Unleashing Talent.  Release the potential and passion of your team members.  This workshop will coach you in how to have three particular kinds of conversations with each of your team members:  1. Voice - help your team members to discover their unique talents and contributions.  2.  Performance - Clarify desired results and accountability as employees carry out their work.  3.  Clear the Path.  Be a source of help for a person to be able to succeed and thrive in their job.  This Franklin Covey workshop is for supervisors only and has a fee of $40, and includes extra take home videos, resources and a 21 day challenge to ensure you follow through on the action plans you make during the course.  ​Facilitated by Harley Blake.​  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​11/​20/15​9:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This intensive, two-day Franklin Covey workshop provides participants with a robust and tactical implementation plan to fully integrate the 7 Habits into their lives. It is designed for anyone looking to become a more effective person, both at work and at home - regardless of your occupation, position, or stage in life. You'll learn how to improve focus, communication, and balance for yourself and your organization; how to develop professional relationships for productive collaboration; and gain skills for increasing productivity by staying focused on the right things. The cost is $150 and covers the high quality Franklin Covey materials as well as two lunches.  Facilitated by Harley Blake and Kim Voisin.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​12/4/15
12/11/15
​8:00am - 4:30pm
​Rowe 229
​​Difficult Conversations.  We've all been there. We need to talk, but we would rather not! Whether it's about performance, discipline, emotions, or the neighbor's dog, the struggle of what to say and how to say it weighs heavy. Utilizing principles and ideas from a variety of resources, this workshop will explore the dynamics of what is involved in this kind of conversation, and review practical ways to make them less stressful and more productive. Facilitated by Harley ​Blake.​  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​12/8/15​9:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Ongoing Performance Conversations.  These conversations are the key to getting things done and strengthening work relationships. This training covers the 4 basic needs of every employee, and what you can do to best meet those needs through effective two way conversations.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​1/12/15​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Clarifying Your Teams Purpose & Strategy.​1/15/168:30am - 12:30pm​Rowe 229​
Violence Prevention.  What is the line between someone "just having a bad day" and someone exhibiting serious behaviors that should be addressed in some way?  When and how should I intervene, if ever, and would it make a difference?  If I felt I should report something, who would I report it to?  This workshop will define the Workplace Violence Spectrum, specifically help you to identify Behaviors of Concern that could lead to serious acts of violence in the workplace, and what to do if you see them.   It will also familiarize you with CMU's Violence Prevention Policy and identify your responsibilities within it. Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​1/20/1610:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Project Management I.  Most projects struggle because not enough thought and planning was done upfront.  This half-day workshop will provide you with a way to properly think through a project from inception to completion.  Some practical tools for managing the project will be shared and hands-on practice provided.  It will lay the groundwork necessary for the effective use of scheduling tools such as Gantt charts and Microsoft Project. Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​1/22/168:30am - 12:30pm​Rowe 229​
Service Excellence.  ​CMU's four service excellence values of care, knowledge, availability and follow-through will be discussed, together with ideas for implementation back in your work setting.  Strategies for handling the difficult customer will also be covered.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​1/27/1610:00am - 12:00pm​​Rowe 229
Project Management II.  The focus of this workshop is on scheduling the project, using the tools of work breakdown structures, network diagrams, and Gantt charts.  Hands-on practice is provided in manually producing these tools.  The Project Management I workshop is not a prerequisite to this workshop, but it is highly recommended if one doesn't have much official background in project management. Facilitated by Harley Blake.   To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​1/29/168:30am - 12:30pm​​Rowe 229
​​Running Effective Meetings.    Learn techniques to increase buy-in, participation, and commitment.  Be a meeting leader who uses meetings to get things done, make decisions, build morale, and communicate pertinent information.  Participants will review how to bring more structure and direction to their meetings, while keeping them interactive and positive.  Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​2/4/16​10:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
4 Imperatives of Great Leaders.  In this half day workshop (supervisors only) you will be introduced to the 4 Imperatives which are essential to great leadership in the Knowledge Worker Age: Inspiring Trust, Clarifying Purpose, Aligning Systems, and Unleashing Talent. This workshop includes an extensive 360 feedback questionnaire which needs to be completed before you come to the workshop, therefore you must register by January 15th.  There is a $40.00 fee for this workshop for the cost of the Franklin Covey materials.   Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​2/12/168:30am - 12:30pm​​Rowe 229
The 5 Choices of Extraordinary Productivity.  The difference between extraordinary and average is a choice…actually 5 choices to be precise!  Welcome to Franklin Covey's time management workshop for the 21st Century!  Drawing from up to date brain science research and their foundational principles of personal and organizational effectiveness, this two day workshop focuses in on the skills of decision, attention, and energy management to weather the dramatic storm of 21st century distractions and demands.  The cost of  $150 includes two lunches, and high quality materials to help keep you on track. Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​2/17/16​8:30am - 5:00pm​Rowe 229
Difficult Conversations.  We've all been there. We need to talk, but we would rather not! Whether it's about performance, discipline, emotions, or the neighbor's dog, the struggle of what to say and how to say it weighs heavy. Utilizing principles and ideas from a variety of resources, this workshop will explore the dynamics of what is involved in this kind of conversation, and review practical ways to make them less stressful and more productive. Facilitated by Harley ​Blake.​  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​2/23/15​9:00am - 12:00pm​Rowe 229
Unleashing Talent.  Release the potential and passion of your team members.  This workshop will coach you in how to have three particular kinds of conversations with each of your team members:  1. Voice - help your team members to discover their unique talents and contributions.  2.  Performance - Clarify desired results and accountability as employees carry out their work.  3.  Clear the Path.  Be a source of help for a person to be able to succeed and thrive in their job.  This Franklin Covey workshop is for supervisors only and has a fee of $40, and includes extra take home videos, resources and a 21 day challenge to ensure you follow through on the action plans you make during the course.  ​Facilitated by Harley Blake.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​03/4/16​8:30am - 12:30pm​​Rowe 229
7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  This intensive, two-day Franklin Covey workshop provides participants with a robust and tactical implementation plan to fully integrate the 7 Habits into their lives. It is designed for anyone looking to become a more effective person, both at work and at home ​- regardless of your occupation, position, or stage in life. You'll learn how to improve focus, communication, and balance for yourself and your organization; how to develop professional relationships for productive collaboration; and gain skills for increasing productivity by staying focused on the right things. The cost is $150 and covers the high quality Franklin Covey materials as well as two lunches.  Facilitated by Harley Blake and Kim Voisin.  To register:  My Account/My Workday/Employee Training/Current Campus Training.​03/29/16
03/30/16
8:30am - 5pm9

Clarifying Your Teams Purpose & Strategy.​4/8/16​8:30am - 12:30pmRowe 229​
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