Following is a list of workshops Professional Development Programs has developed or purchased. These workshops will be offered on a rotating basis and/or demand. See Open Workshops for the workshops that are scheduled for the current year.
If, however, you are interested in the Professional Development unit presenting any of these programs for your department, unit, or off campus organization, give us a call to discuss the possibilities, including the specifics of desired outcomes you may have for the training and scheduling options.
Core Programs, Leadership, Interpersonal/Conflict Management , Planning, Organization, & Time Management , Technology
Core Programs (offered every year)
Performance Planning is a partnership. Learn how to develop SMART goals, deliver effective feedback, focus on career development for yourself and your staff and utilize the CMU Performance Management process.
Care, Knowledge, Availability, Follow-Through. These service standards and CMU's long tradition of service excellence are reinforced at this workshop. Also learn how to deal with difficult people and difficult situations.
Join us for an eye opening presentation about the dangers of workplace violence in Higher Education. Topics to be discussed include CMU's workplace violence policy, how to be proactive in dangerous situations, and what to do if you are ever threatened or find yourself in a crisis. Help keep yourself and others safe.
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 one 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 lunch, and high quality materials to help keep you on track.
7 Habits of Highly Effective People
This intensive, two-day 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 - regardless of your occupation, position, or stage in life. You'll learn how to improve communication, and balance for yourself and your organization; how to develop professional relationships for productive collaboration; the importance of responsibility, accountability, and commitment; and skills for increasing productivity by staying focused on the right things. There is a cost of $150 to cover the Franklin Covey materials and lunches.
Unleashing Talent Workshop
This Franklin Covey workshop is specifically designed for supervisors. It coaches you in how to release the potential and passion of your team members through 1) guiding them to discover their unique talents and contributions, 2) clarifying desired results and accountability, and 3) being a genuine source of help and support for them. There is a $40 material fee.
360 Degree Assessments
In 360-degree feedback, employees' behaviors and skills are evaluated not only by subordinates, but also by peers, customers, supervisors, and themselves. Professional Development Programs will assist you with the development, online distribution, and review of the 360-degree tool. As a result of a one-on-one coaching session that follows, employees will understand their strengths and challenges, leave with development goals, and be able to identify a clear process for achieving them.
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 3 different models of change, this interactive workshop will explore the dynamics involved, so participants can better navigate through both the change and their personal reactions to it.
This is a fun-filled, fast-paced program that covers supervision theory, management practices, and leadership skills in an interactive and engaging setting. Visit the Leadership Excellence web page for more information.
Interpersonal Relationships/Conflict Management
5 Dysfunctions of a Team
Based on the bestselling book by Patrick Lencioni. In his book, Lencioni 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.
Resolving conflict is first nature for some, and feared by the rest. Learn the five different conflict styles: Competing, Collaborating, Compromising, Avoiding, Accommodating. This workshop will help participants to understand how and when to use each of these styles in conflict resolution, as well as when to avoid them.
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, we will look at the dynamics of what is involved in this kind of conversation, and explore practical ways to make them less stressful and more productive.
MBTI Personality Assessment
Take the MBTI personality inventory and discover your natural preferences and style. Learn to develop an understanding of personal style so that you are able to interact more effectively with others. This workshop explores the impact of personal style on relationships, teams, and work units. Communication, decision-making, and problem-solving will all be addressed.
Join Professional Development Programs for an experiential teambuilding workshop. Adventure learning techniques will be used to deliver powerful and effective problem solving experiences. In this workshop, teamwork, cooperation, communication, and trust become much more than just words; they become actions. Hands on activities will be followed by a processing session where participants analyze performance and think critically about lessons learned from the experience. Challenge yourself, build relationships, have fun, and learn teambuilding techniques that will be applicable to your particular work unit as well.
Planning, Organization, & Time Management
Spend too much time in meetings? Many of us do. 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.
Time and Life Management
Picture a life that's more organized, more peaceful, and more productive. Imagine balancing your roles more successfully and achieving your highest priorities. This workshop will focus on time tested time management principles and tools that you will be able to immediately apply to all aspects of your life, both at home and at work.
Eat That Frog!: Five Keys to Beating Procrastination
Setting good goals and knowing what the "Big Rocks" are is one thing. Actually doing them when they should be done is a different skill altogether. In this workshop, we'll explore major principals for how to tackle the big "stuff" now instead of later.
Project Management I
This workshop will provide an overview of the major stages involved in taking a project from inception to completion. Some basic tools for managing the project will be shared and hands-on practice provided. It will lay the groundwork necessary for such scheduling tools as Gantt charts and Microsoft Project to be used effectively.
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.
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Optimizing Your Outlook: Time Management Strategies
In this workshop, you will explore how understanding the "bigger picture" can be integrated and applied to your MS Outlook software. When you complete this workshop you will learn how to:
- Get the most usability and functionality out of your software
- Build an intelligent folder system
- Strategically manage your calendar
- Apply creative methods to make your interpersonal communications more efficient and effective
- Integrate your other peripherals, such as a PDA into your new infrastructure
Facilitated by Randy Dean, Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC
Taming Email and Office Clutter Beasts
When you attend this productivity-focused seminar, you will be able to tackle both electronic and physical clutter that robs you of your most precious resource - your time. Topics covered will include:
- Learning how to use a simple system for reducing or eliminating your piles and clutter on your desk and your computer
- Identifying your most important and urgent projects and tasks, and get your more important work done more quickly
- Learning a great strategy on how to effectively deal with interruptions, and keep your project/task focus
- Taming your e-mail account, with proven strategies for keeping your inbox efficient and organized
- Learning how to reduce the mess in your inbox by having "natural" places for your e-mails to go
Facilitated by Randy Dean, Randall Dean Consulting & Training, LLC