Leading and Managing in the new Academic Environment
This suite of 12 short leadership and management development workshops is primarily for both academic and professional staff who already have some leadership and management responsibilities - for example in leading a team, a research area or a programme. Support staff may first wish to consider the Introduction to Leadership & Management workshops before attending any of the workshops in this suite.
" The course was extremely well delivered and had a good variety of learning styles" (Introduction: Leading in Challenging Times)
" Really good day. useful tips that are actually applicable to the environment we work in. Excellent tutor" (Leading and Sustaining Effective Change)
"Excellent course, well tutored, really feel that this will help me make some changes to the way I work" (Priority and Time Management)
The workshops are designed to help participants enhance their leadership, management and personal skills as defined by the University Leadership and Management Standard. The Standard establishes a baseline set of values and behaviours which anyone with leadership and management responsibilities will be expected to understand and demonstrate in practice. The choice of appropriate and relevant workshops can be informed via SRDS discussions with your staff reviewer. In addition to the 4 workshops of the Project Management suite the suite comprises 9 half-day stand-alone courses, each offered twice or three times during the academic year. The titles are:
Introduction: Leading in Challenging Times: The aim of this workshop is to help participants prepare for for the key challenges presented by the changing landscape in Higher Education by developing an awareness of their own personal leadership style and its effectiveness in getting things done through other people. It will also explore the similarities and differences between leadership and management, the skills and qualities of an effective leader, as defined by the University's leadership and management standard and identifying your key strengths and areas for improvement.
Managing sources of conflict and difficult situations: Handling difficult situations can be one of the most stressful aspects of managing in a modern working environment. Understanding people’s different thinking styles, values and motives including your own and the possible reasons why people behave as they do can help you adopt more effective tactics to handle sources of conflict if and when it arises. This workshop will give participants the opportunity to develop a toolkit to diagnose and understand difficult situations and to increase their flexibility and options when encountering potential areas of conflict or tension.
Chairing Meetings: Much valuable time can be lost through inadequately organised and poorly-conducted meetings and through ineffective handling of difficult behaviour during meetings. This workshop will use a combination of tutor input and group discussion to explore the mechanics of successful committees and meetings.
Influencing and Negotiating Skills: This workshop will help participants to improve their influencing skills, whether with colleagues/external contacts/clients/customers/significant others. Getting things done through other people, with or without line management responsibilies, either by gaining support or engaging people’s imagination and creativity to achieve important goals is an essential skill in an academic environment
Building and Developing a Positive Team Environment: With the ever increasing reliance on achieving results through teams in the workplace, how can the team leader/manager ensure that everyone is playing to their strengths and complementing the work of the rest of the team? By exploring a range of team theories this workshop will provide participants with both an understanding and the practical skills of building and maintaining teams to ensure optimum performance.
Leading and Sustaining Effective Change: The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to consider a range of factors that impact on the effective leadership of change. Participants will be able to plan and assess their approach to change using a number of tools and techniques
Priority and Time Management: The aim of this workshop is to introduce tools and techniques for priority and time management, and to enable participants to audit their current practice against these models. We all have the same amount of time, therefore how we make effective choices on how we use it is the only way to get things done.
Strategic Thinking and Scenario Planning (pt 1.): The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to explore the strategic thinking and planning process. It will explore the three key stages of strategic analysis, choice and implementation. The University has a strategy: do you also need one? If so, how do you go about formulating, implementing and communicating one?
Strategic Thinking and Scenario Planning (pt 2.): The aim of this workshop is to provide participants with an opportunity to explore how to implement a strategy. Part 1 looked at developing and communicating a strategic direction for your unit, this workshop examines some of the challenges of implementing your strategy effectively
Shedding Light on the Dilemmas of Leadership: The aim of these workshops is to provide an impetus to create a new momentum for change amongst leaders. It is designed to help them understand the need to analyse/select behaviours at work. There are two workshops - the first shows how an understanding of psychological models can illustrate how a leader’s behaviour can be best modified to achieve successful outcomes at work. The second, three weeks later, reflects on the how participants have been able to implement these ideas back in the workplace. For this particular workshop click here to book.
Project Management suite:
Project Management: Project planning and management overview: This workshop is designed for all staff, both academic and professional and managerial staff. NB This Overview workshop is aimed at staff who have limited experience of leading projects. The aim of this Workshop is to build a clear understanding of what constitutes a good project plan and how team behaviour impacts on the achievement of that plan. The workshop will provide training in clear, simple and practical processes for setting up and running projects and project teams
Project Management: Project planning and management essentials: This workshop is designed for all staff, both academic and professional and managerial staff. NB This Essentials workshop is aimed at staff who already have some experience leading projects and are currently leading a project. The aim of this workshop is to build on the Project Management overview workshop by allowing a more in depth look at participants' specific work based projects. The first day of the course will deal with issues that are generic to all projects, and the techniques presented will be applied in a project planning exercise. During the morning of the second day, participants will work in syndicate groups to apply project planning techniques to some of their own projects, with the afternoon focusing on the application of Microsoft ‘Project’ software to their projects. The purpose of the afternoon will not be to give detailed instruction in the use of this software but rather to help use it with tutorial support
For further information please contact Mandy Ellis on ext 34148