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Professional Development opportunities announced

University Human Resources (UHR) at ISU has released its schedule for FY2018 professional development opportunities.  The offerings cover a wide variety of topics, and they are a great opportunity to grow your skills and knowledge while not having to travel too far.  A short summary of the opportunities are listed below.  To find out additional information including the costs and dates, click on the training’s heading.  If you are interested in registering and your supervisor is supportive of the opportunity, register through Learn@ISU.

12+ Supervisory Leadership

A series of seventeen, three-hour workshops conducted approximately twice a month from September to May. The workshops focus on knowledge of the university and the interpersonal skills needed to perform in a supervisory role at ISU. While the series is focused on first-time supervisors, any supervisor is welcomed to apply.

Energize Your Leadership Process

This six, three-hour workshop series is designed to help ISU veteran supervisors enhance their skills and recharge their energy for functioning as an effective supervisor. The series content is based on the top needs identified in the ISU Supervisor Training Needs Assessment Survey. To assist supervisors in their role of developing employees, the series focuses on coaching skills, motivation and engagement, performance management, providing feedback, handling difficult behaviors, and managing conflict.

Leadership at Any Level

A series of five, two-hour professional development sessions focused on enhancing an individual’s leadership potential. Since leadership is not only a function of position, any individual at any level can demonstrate leadership and influence the behavior of others. Therefore, any ISU employee interested in enhancing their leadership potential can participate.

Tools for Managing Workplace Conflict

A series of three, two-hour workshops conducted approximately every other week within a two-month period of time. The workshops focus on the practical understanding of conflict and how to use tools that will engage employees to reduce the destructive impact of conflict in the workplace. 

Understanding, Handling, and Championing Change

This four, two-hour workshop series is designed to assist ISU employees in gaining a better perspective on change and how it impacts the individual’s work life. Managing change was identified by the respondents of the ISU Supervisor Training Needs Assessment Survey as a priority professional development need. And change is clearly a part of everyone’s work life.

For questions about any of these sessions or recommendations for other trainings you would like to explore, contact Chelsey Aisenbrey in Ames Laboratory Human Resources (4-8062 or