Our leadership development workshops provide opportunities for faculty to develop and enhance their leadership skills, gain insights from accomplished leaders and engage with each other outside of their usual work environments. Workshop participants will attain knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their individual and organizational performance.

Good leadership requires good communication’! Easy to say, hard to do. So, why is communication so hard? And why is it hard for everyone, not just leaders?

Part of the reason why good communication is so hard to get right is because it is vexingly complex, even something as simple as defining it. It's the Potter Stewart phenomenon. In 1964 the Supreme Court justice famously said, in reference to defining pornography, “I know it when I see it.

In this two part course we’ll explore why something that seems so simple and straightforward, communicating effectively, is actually enormously complex and why leaders often make the serious, if not fatal, mistake of not taking the complexity of communication seriously enough. We’ll also discover ways a leader can use the complexity of communication to their advantage.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

Advanced Course (for those who attend the October course only)
December 8 and 15, 2017 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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The current academic health center climate is impacted by budgetary constraints, low reimbursement rates, strict requirements for accreditation, and tapering federal support for graduate education and research funding. In this context, many individuals neglect their own self-care, even more than in the past.

Burnout can take a physical and mental toll on just about anyone. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to recognize and prevent burnout. There will be a focus on identifying techniques and approaches that promote resiliency in the face of the many competing demands inherent to a high stress workplace.

Presented by Margaret Rea, Ph.D., Psychologist and Director of Student Wellness

November 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
CHT Building, Room 1335
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In this course we learn why managing time is so difficult … [hint: the homo sapiens brain evolved 200,000 years ago … but electricity changed everything when it was implemented widely in 1919 and our brains haven’t caught up!] … and how we can get a little better at it by using a couple simple tools that work with our homo sapiens brain, and not against it like so many of the commercially available time management tools/systems.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

January 19 and 26, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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What exactly is a leadership style …? And do leaders have more than one style … and if so, isn’t that confusing for everyone, the leader included? After all, don’t organizations need leaders who are consistent and predictable? In this course we’ll address those questions head on, as well as learn the difference between an unintentionally acquired leadership style (or styles) and an intentionally acquired style (or styles) … and why being intentional about enlarging one’s repertory of styles is a great leadership strategy!

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

February 23 and March 2, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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Are there strategies we can learn in order to ‘bounce back’ after we’ve been disappointed, let down, or hurt? Turns out there is and it comes from a rather unlikely source: studies of natural ecosystems like rivers & forests, and human-made ecosystems like cities. In this course we’ll learn some of these ‘ecosystem lessons’ and discover ways we can apply these insights directly to our day-to-day lives as physicians and scientists.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

April 6 and 13, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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Meetings are a simple fact of professional and academic life, as inevitable as Benjamin Franklin’s famous “death and taxes.” But do they have to be dreadfully long and predictably boring? Not at all …! In this course we’ll explore how to make meetings both efficient and effective, wasting no one’s time provided the meeting chair or facilitator does their homework and preparation! This brief course is designed for those leaders who call meetings and are responsible for their facilitation, but it will benefit anyone who has to attend meetings because it will give you some insight and strategies to use with the person responsible for calling and managing the meeting.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

May 11 and 18, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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The human brain did not evolve to remember numbers, or statistics, or formulas, or data … the human brain evolved to remember stories! In this course we’ll learn how to tell a ‘story’ with our PowerPoint presentations of data, so that our audience leaves our presentations with a memorable ‘narrative’ in their heads of our presentation! Some familiarity with Microsoft’s PowerPoint, while not necessary to benefit from this course, will nonetheless increase the value of the course.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

June 8 and 15, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
FSSB Building, Room 2020
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