2016 Supervisor Roundtables
Listening First - was held September 12th
For Listening First resources, please visit the Competency-Focused Development page.
Description: We’ve learned about 85 percent of what we know by listening. Yet less than 2 percent of us have had any formal training in listening skills. With so many external distractions (other conversations, email chimes, cell phones ringing, interruptions, etc.), it’s no wonder we retain so little of what we hear every day. However, listening is critical to building trust, showing respect, reducing misunderstandings and conflict, communicating and understanding expectations, and just working better with others. Learn about your own listening skills, and gain some tools and tips on how to listen to be more effective in the workplace.
Communicating Change - was held October 10th
For Communicating Change resources, please visit the Competency-Focused Development page. If you are unable to locate the resources please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Description: Communicating effectively can be challenging. Change can be difficult, and often meets with resistance. Communicating (about) Change can seem like a daunting task . . . but it doesn’t have to be. Learn about barriers to communicating and to change, brainstorm ways to communicate change, and walk away with some best practices for delivering your message and garnering support for the impending change.
Getting Things Done - was held November 14th
For Getting Things Done resources please visit the Competency – Focused Development page.
Description: We all have the same 168 hours in a week, so how is it that some people seem to get things done and find time to relax and play, while the rest of us feel like the proverbial hamster in the wheel, constantly in motion but not sure our efforts are yielding good results, let alone relaxation time?
- learn some key steps, and important thought processes, for managing your workflow at work, at home, in your life
- practice putting these steps into action
- preview a program that can assist you in managing your workflow
- receive some guidelines and a tool to help you manage the “stuff” in your life
Boundary Spanning & Crowd Sourcing - was held December 5th
For Boundary Spanning & Crowd Sourcing resources please visit the Competency – Focused Development page.
Description: Rice is a community of smart, resourceful people who collectively know a lot about getting the job done effectively and efficiently. But our silos and focused attention on our own tasks often prevent us from leveraging the wisdom of the masses. At the December Supervisor Roundtable, let’s hit the “pause” button for 90 minutes, kick off Employee Learning Week, and come together to share resources, tips, tricks, and best practices. Bring lists of your favorite websites, go-to colleagues, templates, and “can’t live without” tools. Leave with even longer lists of useful websites, go-to colleagues, and other resources to help you work more efficiently and effectively.
2017 Supervisor Roundtables
Vision Casting - was held January 23rd
For Vision Casting resources, please visit the Competency-Focused Development page.
Description: You’ve heard the saying, “if you aim at nothing, you’ll hit it every time”. Great leaders know that sharing their vision is the surest way of accomplishing their goals. Take John F. Kennedy for example, he shared his vision of putting a man on the moon and did it. Or even our very own founder, Edgar Lovett; who envisioned a “university standing of the highest grade”, and proposed “no upper limit to [Rice’s] educational endeavor”. These leaders not only shared their vision, but they created enthusiasm and support from others to achieve their visions.
Effective leaders know that visions determine their mission and outcome. Therefore it is critical that leaders not only know what their mission and vision is, but that they also communicate it in a way that generates passion and commitment from others.
Developing Yourself: Put Your Oxygen Mask on First - was held February 27th
For Developing Yourself resources, please visit the Competency-Focused Development page.
If you have traveled anywhere by airplane, you have no doubt heard the flight attendant say “Put your OWN oxygen mask on first” as it pertains to how to respond to situations. Basically, taking care of your needs first will allow you to best assist others. It is no different with professional development. In today’s world of constant change, professional s must make development a priority by first modeling its significance through self-development.
As Supervisors it can be hard to maintain self-focus as we are pulled in many directions while at work and even personally. Luckily, there are many avenues available that will allow you to develop effectively and intentionally while also meeting your individual needs for learning, accessibility and limited time for development. Join us as we assess your self-development and present options, both at and outside of Rice, that will support you in developing professionally and ultimately being a more effective supervisor.
Developing Your Staff (March 27th | 11:30-1:00 | Miner Lounge)
Are there real benefits to intentional staff development? Let’s be honest, as a supervisor it can be challenging to develop our staff. Time and resources are limited and each person has unique needs despite the job they occupy. Here’s the good news…you are not in it alone!
Not only are there substantial benefits, staff development does not have to be time-consuming, budget-busting or solely developed and maintained by the supervisor. Learn about the 5 conversations you should have with each employee and how to co-develop a plan where the employee takes ownership with your support, as well as the support of Rice University. You will also receive a tool that will guide you in facilitating this process and how to access associated tools and resources.
Courageous Decision Making (April 24th | 11:30-1:00 | Miner Lounge)
Making decisions is hard. Making decisions that affect others and which may not be popular can be grueling to make. A lot of people can be paralyzed by the fear of making the wrong or unpopular decision because of the consequences, how others will view them, or even how the decision will make them feel. However, as difficult as it may seem, decision making is a critical part of a supervisor’s job and is necessary to move organizations and projects forward. Join us for this month’s discussion on Courageous Decision Making and learn some tips to take the fear out of decision making and replace it with courage.
Flexing Your Leadership Style (May 15th | 11:30-1:00 | Miner Lounge)
Why should YOU have to adjust your style, and why is flexing even necessary? Well, you may be able to get away with not “flexing” in the gym but in today’s work environment, it is non-negotiable. Considering the pace of our work day to day, and the consistency of change overall, being flexible is a huge leadership advantage. Add in the fact that you work with a diverse range of people and situations and you can see the need to “flex” is becoming more and more important for leaders.
As supervisors and leaders, we all have strengths and experiences to leverage when leading others. Like it or not, we all also have blind spots and areas to improve as leaders. Join us as we explore flexing one’s leadership style, including when and how to do so in a way that is most effective and least costly to you personally. We also will tie in the 4 areas of emotional intelligence, and discuss not only how each impacts the way you may be perceived as a leader, but also what situations may derail you in your goal to be an effective leader.