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Professional Development and Retention provides a variety of professional development opportunities and resources to meet the needs of Columbus State employees.  In addition to classroom training sessions, we offer webinars and online training courses for your convenience.

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Spring 2014 Courses

Strengths | Hostmanship | Career Development 

Managers Training Series

Fundamentals of Management

1/24/2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus
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This workshop, available to all current CSCC supervisors/managers/administrators, will explore the difference between leadership and management to discover the essential skills managers need to effectively supervise their staff.  Participants will develop strategies focusing on interpersonal communication, planning the work and creating a productive environment. 

PREREQUISITE:  Registrants must be a current CSCC supervisor, manager or administrator with direct reports.

Managing Performance

2/11/2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Columbus Campus
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This workshop, available to all current CSCC supervisors/managers/administrators, will focus on the role of the manager in the performance management cycle.  Participants will develop strategies for strengths-based employee development, performance planning, coaching and feedback, and conducting performance appraisals.  The CSCC disciplinary process will also be reviewed. 

PREREQUISITE:  Registrant must be a current CSCC supervisor, manager or administrator with direct reports.  You are stongly encouraged to complete the Fundamentals of Management workshop prior to enrolling in Managing Performance.

Win With Your Strengths

1/29/2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Columbus Campus - 0 seats left
Everyone has strengths. Recognizing and tapping into them to reach larger goals can lead to increased job satisfaction, performance, productivity and success.  For more information contact Barbara Allen at ext 5297.

Put Your Strengths to Work

2/12/2014 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Columbus Campus
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Now that you know your top five Strengths, what's next? "Win with Your Strengths" taught us that we will grow most in our areas of greatest strength. In this half-day class, you will gain a deeper understanding of the strengths based philosophy as you continue along your journey of self-awareness and personal growth. In addition, you will learn six proven strategies that help leverage your own unique strengths as well as the strengths of others on your team. For more information contact Barbara Allen at ext. 5297.

Teambuilding Using Strengths

(TBA)

The best teams achieve success by welcoming, valuing, and leveraging each members' talents. Participants will focus on the 4 domains of Strengths to understand team dynamics and increase collaboration.

Managing with Strengths

(TBA)

Prerequisite: Have completed Win with Your Strengths and is currently a supervisor/manager/ administrator at CSCC

 This workshop will explore ways managers can use their strengths and the strengths of their employees to impact employee loyalty and productivity. The session will study managers who effectively use strengths to hire, focus, motivate, and develop employees and ultimately impact employee engagement and performance.   Participants will begin to develop strategies for managing employees using a strengths-based approach.

Discover Your True Calling

(TBA)

Are you still struggling to find an answer to the question: "What do you want to be when you grow up?" Are you interested in learning more about the concept of vocational identity? Would you like to learn more about your vocational design? If so, then this class is for you. Discover Your True Calling is a highly interactive class to help you better discern your vocational design and understand how vocational identity fits into your life plan.  For more information contact Barbara Allen at ext. 5297.

Career Pathing

2/26/2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Columbus Campus 
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Career Pathing is a process used by an employee to chart a course within an organization for his/her career path and career development.  Join us for an interactive session on self-assessments, exploring opportunities and creating an action plan for your career path!  For more information contact Lori Thomas at ext. 3860.
 

Career Pathing Action Plan (doc.). A resource for the Career Pathing class.

Career Pathing II
(TBA)

Career Pathing II will focus on your Career Action Plan.  We will discuss roadblocks encountered and progress you've made in assessing yourself, exploring opportunities at CSCC and documenting your goals.  Bring your Action Plan with you (even if you haven't yet started it!) and be prepared to share your accomplishments and frustrations.

PREREQUISITE: CSCC Career Pathing workshop

Questions? Contact Lori Thomas (lthoma11@cscc.edu) or x3860. 

Career Decision-Making Using the MBTI

The Myers Briggs Type Indicator can increase awareness of your personality style to better manage career decisions throughout the course of your career. When selecting, transitioning, or growing your career, understanding personality type can help explain why some careers feel like a good fit and others are a challenge. Your MBTI results can help you understand past careers and select a future career that best suits your personality. Participants will complete the assessment prior to the class and receive their results during the session. If you have previously taken the assessment, please provide your results prior to the class so materials can be prepared.

Introduction to Hostmanship: Customer Service and Leadership Reframed: The Art of Serving Others

2/21/2014 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Columbus Campus 
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"Hostmanship in the art of making people feel welcome.  Meetings where genuine hospitality is present and has its origin in that person, that organization or that place that has invited you.  Good Hostmanship means understanding the art of serving and realizing how much it enriches our lives."

Jan Gunnarsson, a hospitality industry veteran from Sweden in his book Hostmanship co-authored with Olle Blohm, challenges individuals to reframe their views of customer service and leadership.  At its core, Hostmanship invites us to rethink the customer service experience seeing ourselves as connected to the customer as host.  This shift transforms the interaction creating a "welcoming attitude" where we are able to share ourselves and our knowledge with our guests in every interaction. 

In this introduction to Hostmanship, we will discuss its foundation and principles as well as its application for personal and professional growth.

From Boss to Host

1/22/2014 from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM on Columbus Campus
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As a companion book to Jan Gunnarson and Olle Blohm's Hostmanship, Boss to Host defines leadership simply as "guiding others to a better place".  Through a Hostmanship perspective, leaders are invited to consider "the art of welcoming leadership" focusing on how welcoming leadership can play a decisive role in successful organizations. 
Prerequisite:  Hostmanship

Ideas to Go!

Have topic to share with the College? Professional Development and Retention can help you host an Ideas to Go! conversation. Session hosts provide a brief overview before moving to open conversation. Participants are welcome to bring a lunch, cup of coffee, news to share and, especially, your own curiosity and expertise.

Quick, conversational, impactful. That’s Ideas to Go. Contact Rich James in Professional Development and Retention (x2175) to learn more.

Pre-registration is encouraged.
 

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