Wondering how you can enhance your workplace performance? Attend any of the following Workplace Skills workshops, customized specifically for Northwestern faculty and staff; most workshops are also open to non-NU participants.
Their tone and content may be serious, but letters, memos, e-mail messages, proposals, and reports with grammatical or punctuation errors won't be taken seriously. In this two-part workshop, participants learn how to avoid embarrassing mistakes in everyday business correspondence by getting a comprehensive, confidence-building review of the basic rules of grammar, capitalization, word usage, sentence structure, and punctuation.
This workshop teaches methods to gain cooperation and understanding from coworkers, supervisors, instructors, students, and others. It also provides coping strategies for interpersonal conflicts and stressful situations. Participants have the opportunity to analyze their own communication and preferred work styles using the DiSC Profile, and they acquire strategies to adapt their styles to the four primary styles encountered at work.
In this highly interactive two-day workshop, participants will begin the process of identifying when Scrum-based project management is appropriate over traditional project management. Participants will also explore ways to solve complex problems using the flexible Scrum methodology.
The workshop will prepare participants for the Certified ScrumMaster assessment and reveal the impact of Scrum on complex project/product development. Whether participants are already practicing Scrum, interact with Scrum teams or are faced with complex project/product development, this class will sharpen their ability to more efficiently manage projects. Participants will work on a real project in class, participate in Scrum ceremonies and assume a Scrum role on a development team. Participants should come prepared to explore the practice of Scrum, why it works and how it could impact their work environment.
After the workshop, participants will need to complete an online assessment if they wish to pursue the Certified ScrumMaster designation. Participants will also have complimentary access to:
Basic familiarity with agile/Scrum is recommended, but not required. This course also offers 14 PMI PDU’s.
Crucial conversations take place every day in our work. You know the type -- conversations where there are high stakes, differences of opinion, and strong emotion. The difference between mediocre and top performance lies not in strategies, hardware, or even in processes, but in how people handle those difficult conversations. At the heart of all problems in a team or organization are conversations that are either not being handled, or not being handled well.
This practical and powerful two-day workshop is based upon a top-ten best-selling business book, Crucial Conversations.
This comprehensive day-long workshop is interactive and realistic. It builds the skills you need to manage all aspects of the presentation process with confidence.
Throughout the class, you will work on your own real-life presentation. This workshop uses video-recorded exercises and private video review to help you identify and develop skills you need to succeed.
You'll learn how to:
Are you experiencing a constant deluge of email and phone calls? Do your daunting projects seem impossible to complete? Is the avalanche of incoming information and outstanding action items keeping you awake at night? This full-day Getting Things Done® Essentials workshop will provide tools and tips for implementing an improved work-life management system that can transform uncertainty into stress-free productivity.
Workshop participants will receive a copy of David Allen’s bestseller Getting Things Done and several practical resources for future success using the GTD methodology. Participants will also gain access to a year-long subscription to GTD Connect®, a members-only online educational community with unlimited access to a wealth of GTD resources, valued at $480.
This engaging and interactive workshop will teach you how to:
*The cost of Grace Under Pressure is funded by the Office of Human Resources Work/Life Division. A cancellation no-show fee of $225 applies to all registrations.*
It's that sort of day.
The phone is ringing off the hook. You're put on the spot in a meeting. All the problems are getting dumped in your lap.
You can feel yourself becoming reactive. You know you're not thinking clearly, that you're not being effective, but you don't know what to do. How can you turn a bad situation around?
“Grace Under Pressure” offers new tools for remaining calm, focused and open-minded during difficult encounters – real physical techniques that counteract what our bodies do during stress.
Many of these new approaches come from recent brain research.
In this lively, memorable half-day workshop, you'll go far beyond theory. You'll practice these techniques and make them your own, ready to put to use the next morning – or even on the way home that night.
Customer service has become more important than ever, but it’s also harder to do well. No wonder: everyone is stressed, and there’s so little time to get things right.
How can you determine what your customers need, help them find solutions, and send them off happy – even on those days when nothing seems to work?
“Interacting with Customers” will give you tools to create an outstanding customer experience for all the people you interact with. And since the University environment has its own special considerations, you’ll have opportunities to practice your new approaches in realistic, Northwestern-style situations.
Making your customers’ lives easier will make yours easier as well.
You’ll learn about:
A harmonious, productive workplace relationship with your manager is one of the most important factors in your job satisfaction and success. If you work well and communicate effectively with your boss, you’re more likely to remain at your organization and sustain your success there. This highly interactive workshop can help you learn how and why.
This workshop will help both new and experienced project managers review ways to produce a realistic and manageable project timeline. Participants learn the concepts and processes which can be applied to setting project goals, identifying project deliverables, and effectively estimating and measuring progress.
Proofreading is more than just rereading what has been written. Good proofreaders can identify mistakes and improve the quality of writing even under tight deadlines. By using numerous in-class exercises, this workshop will teach you proven tips and techniques to perfect your documents. You will learn how to:
Organized around Northwestern's seven-step recruitment process, this workshop provides great tools and resources for expediting the hiring process and making good hiring decisions.
One of the most difficult career transitions can occur when one assumes management responsibility over a set of former peers. Overnight, the ground rules change and a variety of conflicts and challenges can emerge. This half-day workshop is designed to help address the boundary issues that crop up, and the competition that sometimes lingers long after one is promoted. We will discuss the best way to prepare for some of these potential problems, and will help participants deal with any unique situations they may have encountered as they try to establish the right tone for their leadership.
Is there someone in your department who goes above and beyond his or her normal duties, is dedicated and effective, and deserves to be recognized? Has he or she worked full time at Northwestern for three or more continuous years? If you've answered yes to both those questions, then this class is for you. In one lunch-time session, you will learn how to write an Employee of the Year Nomination that is both specific and meaningful.
By the end of the class, you will be able to:
Rejecting an applicant, denying a request, issuing an apology, or responding to a complaint can be delicate. A masterfully written letter or memo can build goodwill or, at the very least, minimize negative feelings. This workshop will teach successful ways to approach difficult correspondence and communicate bad news tactfully.
At the least, poorly written letters, memos, and e-mail message waste time and cause miscommunication. At worst, they are not read at all. This workshop will teach participants to organize and write strong, action-oriented business correspondence to get the reader's attention and the desired results.
Writing for the web isn't as simple as putting your handbook, brochure or lesson plan online. This hands-on workshop teaches the specific strategies needed to get your message across online.
If you know the basics of web writing but need some assistance on a particularly thorny page or section from your site, this workshop is for you!
In a small-group setting, you will receive suggestions and work through problems facing your online content. You will also hone your editorial skills by assessing and providing suggestions for the online content examples submitted by fellow workshop participants.
Prior to the workshop, participants will submit up to three webpages for instructor and group review. The submissions must be from a University-related site. If you submit more than one web page for review, please note that additional pages will be assessed as time allows.