Personal and Professional Development

Coaching for Peak Performance
Now that you have completed this year’s evaluations, what’s next? Effective coaching is one of the most important drivers of team performance.  Whether leaders are guiding people toward success or helping people improve their work performance, the ability to coach and provide feedback makes the difference between mediocrity and high performance. In this session, you will learn new approaches for improving the performance of those you lead; practice your coaching skills with other attendees.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Finance for Non-Finance Managers
Whether you are or are not a manager, managing finance brings many new challenges and perhaps one of the largest is understanding financial issues. From contributing to the discussions about budget and financial reports, this workshop will show you how to identify and use important components of financial reports in your decision making.  Apply break-even calculations to make your planning process more focused, analyze financial numbers to identify when you need other sources of information and use a cost-benefit approach to improve your ability to make important decisions. 
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
8:30 am – 12 noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

M Pathways: Understanding Financial Basics
Have you ever wondered why there are so many M-Pathway systems?  Do you know why we have shortcodes and fields?  Do you know how to organize and distribute funds for your department using the proper fund categories, chart fields and shortcodes?  This workshop will provide you with a full description of these issues and much more.
Thursday, October 26, 2017
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Take Charge of your Career
Unsure where to go next with your career? Discover your strengths and preferred behaviors so that you can make career choices that match your skills (or be more successful in your current position). You will learn to:

  • Identify your personal strengths through analysis
  • Apply your personal strengths in your career
  • Evaluate your individual patterns of behavior through assessment and match them to distinct career paths
  • Describe the importance of a good fit between career areas and temperament
  • Explore career possibilities you may not have considered and evaluate them against your strengths and behaviors
  • Determine the gap (if any) between your current career and your long-term goals
  • Recognize ways to network properly that can lead to new job experiences
  • Find alternative ways to develop experience in new job areas so you can realize the goals of your career plan
  • Facilitated by Ron Sober, UM Learning and Professional Development.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
11:30 am – 3:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Managing your Time with Randy Dean
There is not a one size fits all solution for better time management.  What works for one, may never work for another.  This workshop provides time management techniques, helps participants identify priorities, and instructs how to remove obstacles to managing time.  Through pre-work, participants will identify the tools most effective to their individual style.
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
8:30 am -12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

The Last Deployment: Making a Maize-and-Blue Difference for UM-Flint’s Student VeteransVeterans are transitioning from military service and using their VA education benefits to make the next move towards a successful career. The objective of this course is to foster a professional campus atmosphere that supports the educational goals of veterans. Upon completion, staff will better understand the mindset and attitudes of transitioning veterans. In this course, staff will learn about the basics of military culture, mental health considerations, accessibility services, veteran employment, Department of Veteran Affairs education benefits, Department of Defense tuition assistance, and State of Michigan tuition assistance.
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Discovering the Attributes of a Positive Climate
What is a positive work climate? This type of workplace focuses on positive emotions, positive opportunities, and positive relationships, as well as building trust.  It is not about being happy-go-lucky in a Pollyanna world but focuses on strength building and fostering compassion, forgiveness, and gratitude.  There is substantial research on the power of these attributes and how they benefit employees, employers, customers, and the bottom line.  This interactive session is designed to provide tools that you can use immediately to incorporate more of these attributes in your life.  Presenter Mary Ceccanes, Ross School of Business
Thursday, December 14, 2017
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

7 Habits of Highly Successful People
Discover balance and greater satisfaction in your life. Develop stronger, more rewarding relationships. Make things happen.  The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® helps individuals: enhance their leadership abilities and reach their full potential, develop strong relationships based on mutual trust, choose the best ways to help others focus on critical priorities, and be prepared to deal with difficult circumstances before they happen.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Working in a Multigenerational Space
Millennials will make up roughly 50% of the US workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030. Learn how to make the most of your multigenerational workforce and deepen your understanding of this generation and their unique potential.  In this workshop, we will explore the UM- Flint Multigenerational workforce.  You will learn to identify the characteristics of each generation’s view of the workplace, develop strategies to collaborate with all generations and learn effective communication practices for a multigenerational workplace.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Effective Onboarding Programs
Onboarding is more than just new hired orientation.  Onboarding is a process while orientation is an event, just one step in the overall onboarding process.  This workshop will provide participants with the tools to create a comprehensive approach to bring new employees into your department or division. You will learn the six well-researched, proven-effective principles for creating an onboarding program.
Wednesday, February 7, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Grant Writing 101
This course provides a guide to the technical details of grant writing.  Using federal and state resources, participants will receive grant writing instruction and resources for future grant activities.  Learn the stages of grant writing and grant writing best practices.  You will also explore tools and technical details critical to writing a successful grant proposal.  Learn techniques for following up after winning or losing a grant.
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Managing Change/Resiliency
Change happens!  Virtually everyone, everywhere is challenged by multiple changes. This session will provide an overview of change phases, evaluate your resiliency when changes occur and practice building your resiliency along with other survival strategies.
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Resolving Conflicts
Work relationships, like family relationships, can sometimes have challenges, which can lead to conflict. Many people try to avoid situations involving conflict, yet conflict can be healthy for an organization.  How do you deal with conflict? Participants will identify their preferred way of handling conflict and develop skills to use alternatives that can lead to positive change in the workplace.
Wednesday, April 25, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Managing Up: Improving Communication with Your Supervisor or Manager
According to Thomas Zuber and Erika James, “managing up is the process of consciously working with your boss to obtain the best possible results for you, your boss, and your organization. This is not political maneuvering or kissing up. Rather, it is a deliberate effort to bring understanding and cooperation to a relationship between individuals who often have different perspectives.” Participants will learn to create two-way communication, align priorities with supervisor manager’s priorities, identify supervisor/manager’s expectations and understand specific management styles.  Managing up is will help you understand your supervisor style and needs; and will give you tools to better communicate your own needs.
Thursday, May 17, 2018
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Supervising Student Employees
If you supervise student employees, this course will help you enhance your skills in supervising student employees.  The course focuses on skill building and understanding the unique needs and challenges inherent in overseeing the work of student employees.  Areas of focus:

  • Hiring Student Employees at UM-Flint
  • Timekeeping
  • Payroll
  • Motivating Student Employees
  • Coaching Student Employees
  • Prohibited Harassment and Other Policies: Supervising Student Employees

Friday, June 8, 2018
8:30 am – 12 Noon
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

MHealthy: Well-being is a life-long journey. 

The University of Michigan is committed to creating a culture of well-being for its faculty, staff, and community. Through a collaboration between MHealthy and Student Life, a model was created that identifies eight key dimensions of personal well-being. The philosophy embraces the concept that well-being encompasses the whole person, with many factors affecting your quality of life and playing a part in achieving balance, purpose, and vitality in your career and at home. 

MHealthy and the University of Michigan-Flint will hold a workshop or event to help you on your journey to well-being.  To learn more about MHealthy Rewards or to register for any of the workshops please go to formassembly.umflint.edu/4901

Yoga in the Big House
Bring your best warrior pose or downward facing dog to Michigan Stadium on Sept. 29, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. for Yoga in the Big House. All levels, abilities, and ages are welcome to this free event. Faculty, staff, and students who bring their U-M ID can get a “Bicentennial” towel to commemorate the event (limited quantities available). Look for more information in August about free bus transportation from UM-Flint to Ann Arbor!

Positive Psychology with Dr. Martin Seligman
Learn how to feel happier and more fulfilled from the father of positive psychology, Dr. Martin Seligman. Attend this event to learn how to focus on your strengths rather than weaknesses, to focus on the best things in life instead of the worst, and live a more meaningful and fulfilling life at work and play. Dr. Seligman is a pioneer in the field of positive psychology and a best-selling author of several books, including Flourish, Authentic Happiness, and The Optimistic Child (actual event to take place on Ann Arbor campus, we will be living streaming this event in Flint).
Wednesday, October 25th
8:45 am
KIVA  

Your Money Game Plan
Understanding all there is to know about money management, credit, and planning for the future is a daunting task for most of us. Achieving sustainable financial wellness takes time and effort, but the payoff is worth it. This fast-paced workshop will cover some of the most common money mistakes people make, and equip you with the knowledge and skills to make good decisions.
Wednesday, November 15th
11:30-12:30 pm
NBC Park Place

Mindfulness
Meta-Awareness: Being fully mindful during stressful times
Learn how to become mindful during stressful times in your life. You will gain a better understanding of mindfulness and how it helps in our everyday lives.
Thursday, December 7, 2017
11:30 am – 12:30 pm
NBC Park Place

All About Rewards
Join us to learn about MHealthy Rewards 2018.  MHealthy Rewards is changing just a bit for 2018 and you will want to hear all about it.  You will learn how to earn free money as well as other valuable incentives along the way.
Tuesday, January 30th, 2018
11:30-12:30 pm
NBC Park Place

8th Habit of Highly Successful Leadership
Eighteen years since Stephen Covey published his seminal work “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”.  In today’s challenging and complex world, being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field.  To thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in this new reality, we must reach beyond effectiveness to fulfillment and contribution.  In this workshop, you will learn to identify the principles to move from Effectiveness to Greatness and deepen your insights on how to maximize your strengths and empower your greatness! (this workshop is also listed in HR section)
Thursday, March 22, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
NBC, Park Place Room

National Walking Day
Lace up your sneakers and take a 30-minute walk around campus.  Regular walking is simple, healthy change that’s enjoyable, free, easy and great exercise!  Get a jump start on a healthy April, which can lead to healthier lifestyle choices.   
Wednesday, April 4, 2018   
11:30 am
Recreation Center (in circle drive)

Ergo at Work
Learn about ergonomic principles that can help you improve your comfort at work, no matter where you work on campus.  We will discuss some techniques on how to move and adjust your workspace for comfort and productivity.
Tuesday, May 8th
11:30-12:30 pm
Michigan Room A

 

 

 

Blue Lunchbox Series

Branding Basics
Branding is more than logos and taglines. Whether creating marketing materials in print, web based or video, UM-Flint University Relations team will share with you the rules of branding.  Learn how to improve your marketing materials by implementing branding basics.
Friday, January 12, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Working in a Multigenerational Space
Millennials will make up roughly 50% of the US workforce in 2020 and 75% of the global workforce by 2030. Learn how to make the most of your multigenerational workforce and deepen your understanding of this generation and their unique potential.  In this workshop, we will explore the UM- Flint Multigenerational workforce.  You will learn to identify the characteristics of each generation’s view of the workplace, develop strategies to collaborate with all generations and learn effective communication practices for a multigenerational workplace.
Tuesday, January 16, 2018
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Check your Grammar
Words, spelling, and punctuation are powerful and can leave a lasting impression on others. Strategies for identifying and resolving grammar and punctuation errors will be discussed and practiced.  You will examine the most common grammar mistakes that even smart people make.  You will have the opportunity to have your grammar and punctuation questions answered and will leave the workshop with a list of resources to support your learning.
Thursday, January 25, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Play to your Strengths
How would you respond to this statement: “at work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day”? Sadly, according to the Gallup organization, only 1/3 of U.S. employees can respond with a “strongly agree” to this statement. Why? Those fortunate individuals found a way to use their strengths back on the job. Come and learn how using a strengths-based approach will help you achieve higher levels of overall personal well-being, productivity, and professional success.
You will learn to:

  • Discuss the philosophy and benefits of using a strengths-based approach to manage your work
  • Identify your top five StrengthsFinder® themes and how effectively they are being used in your job
  • Find ways to further maximize your strengths to increase your success
  • Map your strengths to the four leadership domains and determine where your personal “bench strength” lies
  • Determine potential personal weaknesses and the best ways to mitigate them to maintain success in your job
  • Complete an action plan to strategize ways to better leverage your strengths back on the job.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Writing for Business
If you do considerable writing such as correspondence, memos, proposals and/or reports, this session is for you.  This session will provide strategies for writing effective emails, letters, and memos.  Participants will receive resources for ongoing development.
Thursday, March 8, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

8th Habit of Highly Successful Leadership
Eighteen years since Stephen Covey published his seminal work “The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People”.  In today’s challenging and complex world, being highly effective is the price of entry to the playing field.  To thrive, innovate, excel, and lead in this new reality, we must reach beyond effectiveness to fulfillment and contribution.  In this workshop, you will learn to identify the principles to move from Effectiveness to Greatness and deepen your insights on how to maximize your strengths and empower your greatness!
Thursday, March 22, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

ABC’s of UM-Flint Purchasing
Do you know how to buy things for your office or events? Have you wondered what types of supplies or services you can use? Do you know where to find different suppliers? 
Do you know why you are using a particular merchant? Are you new to the University and don’t know who to contact about making purchases?If you answered YES to any of the above questions or feel you need more information about the University’s Procurement processes for the Flint Campus, then ABC’s of UMF Purchasing Training is just the session for you.
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

How to Run Effective Meetings
Do you find yourself spending too much time in meetings?  Learn techniques to increase commitment and participation in your meetings.  Participants will learn how to bring structure and direction to their meetings while keeping them interactive and positive.
Friday, June 22, 2018
11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Northbank Center, Park Place Room

Information Technology Services

ITS Software Training Workshops
Microsoft Office – Open Sessions (Multiple Dates Available!)
The Open Sessions are a great resource for your questions to get answered!  There is no need to register, and you are welcome to drop in at any time during a session with any of you MS Office questions.  All Open Sessions are held in 431 French Hall (FH) at 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2018 
  • Monday, February 12, 2018 
  • Wednesday, March 14, 2018 
  • Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
  • Monday, June 11, 2018
  • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
  • Wednesday, August 15, 2018
  • Friday, September 14, 2018
  • Monday, October 22, 2018
  • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
  • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
  • Cost: Free

 

Other ITS Software Training

Visit the ITS Training website to register for available workshops at training.its.umflint.edu/.

Note: Check website often – workshops added to ITS Training schedule regularly
Access, Computer Basics, Excel, FormAssembly, Internet Browsers, Macros, Mail Merge, OneNote, Office 365, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Publisher, SmartArt Graphics, and Word. Plus, more!
If you are interested in personalized, group or departmental training designed to meet your specific needs and fits into your schedule contact Dennese Bandyk. ddbandyk@umflint.edu
Cost: Free
ITS Software Training is available to faculty, staff & student workers.

 

MCS Training Workshops

Crestron Carts and Systems, BlueJeans Video Conferencing, Lecture Capture and Hands-On training
Contact: MCS to schedule an appointment at 810-237-6628

 

Web Training Workshops
These are drop-in sessions that allow you to get help with any web-related topic including Drupal, FormAssembly, WordPress, etc.
Check for the latest dates at http:/blogs.umflint.edu/its
Location: 431 French Hall
Cost: Free