Leadership Development

These courses provide further opportunities to help you improve your leadership and management skills. Each course focuses on a specific technique to help you lead yourself and others.

Series

Teams are an integral part of our organization and contribute to the overall success of RIT. As a manager, or project leader, it is your responsibility to stimulate engagement and motivation within your team, as well as supervise and maintain the project’s optimum completion. Many factors can contribute to the success or failure of a team or project. To overcome these obstacles, requires the manager or project leader, to employ unique skills which support the team and execution of the project as a whole.

In-Person Courses

Managers usually coach their employees in response to an urgent need: a project is off track, an employee doesn’t understand a critical process or product, an employee is using a system or tool for the first time, etc. While these efforts address critically important short-term needs, they do not necessarily develop a particular skill, nor do they ensure that the employee will retain the lessons learned.

The reactive nature of coaching means that managers often have to teach skills that may not be their own strengths. Managers, like those they manage, also have strengths and development areas.

By creating an employee development plan and a coaching plan, you can:
• Develop skills to help eliminate some of the time you spend “putting out fires”;
• Ensure you are coaching based on your strengths, which can immediately improve your coaching effectiveness; and
• Demonstrate your commitment to your employee’s professional success in the short and long term.

This workshop is divided into four sections:
Section I: Identify the skills your employees need to develop
Section II: Use your greatest strengths to coach your employees
Section III: Create a coaching plan
Section IV: Create an employee development plans (EDPs)

This class is limited to managers who have direct reports.
You will be required to bring a job description and a performance review from one of your employees to the workshop.
You will not be asked to identify your employee but will be working with the position description and performance review, so remove or black out any identifying information on the document before the workshop.

“Communicating with DISC” builds on information that was introduced in "Understanding DISC." Please note that individuals may only take this course if they have completed "Understanding DISC" and the DISC assessment. This session focuses in on how to use DISC as a communication tool by analyzing how to best communicate with each style. This course also covers more details about adapting our styles in order to best communicate with one another.        
 
DISC INFORMATION
DISC is a powerful assessment tool used to detail individual work styles and behaviors. By learning and understanding these behavioral characteristics, we strengthen our communication skills and our understanding of each other, resulting in higher performing teams and better working relationships.  
 
This session is private and participants must have completed their DISC assessment prior to attending the session. There are two different DISC assessments employees can take:  Communicating with Style ($30.00) and a management version ($60.00). If individuals are interested in completing the assessment, a department chargeback number will have to be provided to Carla Pennello prior to the assessment being sent out. Team-based sessions can also be arranged by contacting Carla Pennello directly.

Crucial Conversations is a two-day or four half-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard and encouraging others to do the same, you’ll begin to surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

 

Please note attendees must be available for all days listed.  The next course will be on November 3rd, November 17th, December 1st, and December 8th from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

Why is it so challenging to work with others at times? Why do some leaders seem to be more effective than others? How can you maximize your own impact at work and at home? The answer is emotional intelligence. In this workshop participants evaluate their own levels of emotional intelligence using an assessment tool designed for maximizing performance in the work place.  Throughout the workshop strategies are shared for developing emotional competence in five key areas and participants create an action plan for future development.  Resources are also be shared so that participants may take back activities to utilize with their own departments to builder stronger relationships, increase productivity and foster more positive work environments.

Coaching requires an ongoing commitment to people and their personal growth and development.  Two traits of successful coaches are: a positive attitude toward learning and a strong belief in people’s ability to achieve.  Self-knowledge, especially in these two areas, is a key component of effective and successful coaching. 

In this session, participants complete a self-assessment that helps to increase awareness of their current coaching abilities as they relate to vital coaching skills.  This exercise helps to build on your strengths as well as develop areas that need improvement.

Registration in this session is limited to managers, and anyone in a position of leading other people.

Managers benefit from this program through a crystal clear view of the importance of trust and an understanding the tie with accountability. They will share their own personal observations about the nature of trust and accountability. Participants will practice a five part model for how to hold people accountable in a more effective manner.

 

In this workshop you will explore:

  • The mistakes leaders often make when holding people accountable
  • The relationship between trust and accountability
  • A five part model for improving accountability
  • The results that are achieved by improving trust
  • How the culture will benefit by a balanced approach
  • Case studies and role playing exercises to support learning

This session shows a crystal clear view of the importance of trust and an understanding of how it can decline. Through personal reflection and discussion, participants learn to recognize situations of low trust and learn that these are not hopeless situations. There are actions that can be taken to place leaders on a path to higher trust and transparency.

Objectives explored in this session are:

  • Why trust is the critical issue facing most organizations
  • How to maintain trust, even when draconian things must be done
  • Local and national case examples of poor transparency leading to loss of trust
  • The relationship between trust, ethics, and morality
  • A model for how to build higher trust that works in today's environment
  • The impact of technological trends on the nature of trust
  • The relationship between trust and fear
  • The relationship between transparency and respect

Seats in this session are limited to managers.

It is not always what leaders and their groups say – as much as it may be what they do not say. Through interactive exercises and videos, participants are introduced to practical leadership communication challenges that can sometimes take place among diverse work settings – followed by verbal and behavioral strategies which can then be practically applied in their workplaces.

 

A values-based Leadership Program at RIT has been developed for current leaders to equip them with a deeper understanding of the leadership behaviors, values and management skills that are the foundation of a successful organization. This workshop introduces leaders to the basic framework we are using at RIT for leader development: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading RIT.

In this session, the differences between managing and leading are explained in detail through multimedia learning experiences as well as open dialogue. The identification of tasks, activities and behaviors that support effective management and leadership in relation to the RIT Core Values are discussed and help define your personal management style and leadership goals. Linking effective personal characteristics that are necessary for success in these roles is a main objective of this course.

This session has a case study pre-read which will be emailed out to registered attendees. 

This one hour session provides an overview of the next available steps after receiving “White Belt in Team Performance” certification for applying DMAIC principles to your own workplace and team. The class includes information on Yellow, Green and Black Belt certifications for those interested in taking their Six Sigma understanding to the next level. The information provided in this session allows you to consider the full range of possibilities for process improvement and how they will increase the productivity, efficiency and overall success of your office, as well as show examples of how this has been used within RIT. This class is developed by the John D. Hromi Center for Quality and Applied Statistics (CQAS), and reflects the knowledge and expertise of their department.

Have you ever been to a retreat and wondered what the purpose was? Or, have you been part of team retreat planning process and seemed to get stuck on how to make the most of the time and the experience? Do you want to be part of a retreat that is memorable, useful and fun? This workshop is focused on how to plan meaningful retreats where participants leave feeling energized, motivated, informed and have built stronger relationships with colleagues.  Retreats can either be a waste of time or they can help truly build a trusting, collaborative team that is focused on results.  It takes effort, thought and know how to plan these kinds of retreats and this workshop will give you key tools, activities and other ideas to plan a memorable and meaningful experience for your team!

The Office of Staff Recruitment is offering hiring managers and supervisors the opportunity to improve their hiring processes to select the best candidate for the position. We will be introducing the new staff recruitment selection & hire process checklist. In addition, three key areas addressed will be:

  • How to write an effective external job posting
  • Partnership with staff recruitment during the hire process
  • New-Guidelines for Hire & Selection Process

“Understanding DISC” is an engaging introduction to fundamental information of the DISC model. This session helps attendees understand and decipher their personal report by reading and interpreting their graphs and provides an in-depth look at each of the four behavioral styles. This session covers how DISC can be used as a communication tool with colleagues and how individuals can adapt their style to better communicate with each other.    
 
DISC INFORMATION
DISC is a powerful assessment tool used to detail individual work styles and behaviors. By learning and understanding these behavioral characteristics, we strengthen our communication skills and our understanding of each other, resulting in higher performing teams and better working relationships.  
 
This session is private and participants must have completed their DISC assessment prior to attending the session. There are two different DISC assessments employees can take:  Communicating with Style ($30.00) and a management version ($60.00). If individuals are interested in completing the assessment, a department chargeback number will have to be provided to Carla Pennello prior to the assessment being sent out. Team-based sessions can also be arranged by contacting Carla Pennello directly.

Dimension Five of RIT’s 2015-2025 Strategic Plan is organizational agility.  One of the key difference makers in this dimension is the development of a less risk-averse culture (taking calculated risks in order for a greater return).  Traditionally, risk is often thought of as something to be avoided.  However, given that value is a function of risk and return, strategic-minded managers do not necessarily strive to eliminate risk or even to minimize it.  Rather, these managers seek to manage risk (both exposures and opportunities) across all parts of their organization so that, at any given time, they incur just enough of the right kind of risk to effectively pursue strategic goals.

The first step towards successfully managing risks is to implement an effective risk assessment methodology.  Risk assessment is a systematic process for identifying and evaluating both external and internal events (risks) that could affect the achievement of objectives, positively or negatively.  During this class, we will discuss the key components of an effective risk assessment process and how to integrate it into the business process to provide timely and relevant risk information to management.

 

By attending this class you will learn:

  • Definitions of various risk types (i.e., inherent, residual, fraud).
  • Key components of an effective risk management process.
  • Key principles and strategies for risk identification.
  • Examples of risk models and assessment tools.
  • Key concepts for risk evaluation.
  • The importance of risk interactions.
  • Key considerations when prioritizing risks.
  • Risk response strategies

Who should attend?

RIT managers and staff  who are interested in taking the first steps towards promoting a less risk-averse culture at RIT and who want to sleep better at night knowing that key risks affecting RIT’s ability to achieve its objectives are being appropriately managed.

Additional Resources

DISC is a powerful assessment tool used to detail individual work styles and work behaviors.  By learning and understanding these behavioral characteristics, we strengthen our communication skills, and our understanding of each other, resulting in higher performing teams and better working relationships.