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Learning and Organizational Development will facilitate professional development sessions through Zoom. Please view these recordings if you were unable to attend live or wish to revisit the content.

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Learning and Organizational Development would like to introduce their hot off the press and newly designed monthly L&OD newsletter called “The Connection”.

“The Connection” includes dates, times, Zoom links, and topics for each month.

If you have any questions or wish to make any comments, feel free to email us at lod@utk.edu.

Thank you and sincerely,
Learning and Organizational Development

The Connection – August 2020
The Connection – September 2020
The Connection – October 2020
The Connection – November 2020

Welcome to Mindset Monday, the beginning of your new week. Please take some dedicated time to review the message and jot down your answers to the personal reflection questions. Use this time to set your mind on the days ahead and support your navigation of this coming week.

August 3, 2020
August 10, 2020
August 24, 2020
August 31, 2020
September 7, 2020
September 21, 2020
October 5, 2020
October 12, 2020
October 19, 2020
November 9, 2020

A biweekly session with a target audience of formal and informal leaders that are ready and willing to engage with best practices of leading people.

August 5, 2020 Accountability: The Art of Delivering on the Expectations of Compliance and Growth

As leaders, how do we instill personal and positive accountability in the individuals we lead? In this session, we will explore the two distinct types of accountability and how to successfully ignite motivation and ownership in the employees we lead.

August 20, 2020 Civility: Leading with Competence and Character

As leaders, how do we make civility come to life? During this session, we will work to expand our thoughts on civility from being a word or a concept of “politeness” to what behaviors align with promoting workplace civility.

September 2, 2020 Leadership Coaching: Essential Skills to Empower Employees and Unlock Potential

As leaders, how can we use the skill and strategy of coaching to support, empower, and unlock the potential in our employees? In this session, we will define coaching and identify the elements of effective coaching.

September 16, 2020 Delegation: Letting Go and Leveraging Strengths

As leaders, do you find it difficult to let go of certain tasks and assignments? In this session, we will discuss ways to delegate effectively to leverage the strengths of your staff and increase productivity.

October 7, 2020 Courageous Leadership: Try, Trust and Tell – A Journey of Courage

As leaders, we must recognize that our employees and institution need courageous leaders. In this session, we will discuss the 3 buckets of courageous leadership- try, trust, and tell.

October 21, 2020 Difficult Conversations: Leading Challenging and Complex Communication

As leaders, do you find yourself avoiding challenging and complex communication? In this session, we will discuss what behaviors align with effective communication in complex and challenging situations.

A biweekly session geared for development of all employees on topics that positively impact the work engagement and environment at UTK.

August 12, 2020 Accountability: The Art of Delivering on the Expectations of Compliance and Growth

As employees, how do we instill personal and positive accountability in ourselves? In this session, we will explore the two distinct types of accountability and how to successfully ignite motivation and ownership in ourselves.

August 26, 2020 Civility: Leading with Competence and Character

As employees, how do we make civility come to life? During this session, we will work to expand our thoughts on civility from being a word or a concept of “politeness” to what behaviors align with promoting workplace civility.

September 9, 2020 Coaching: Essential Skills to Empower Employees and Unlock Potential

How can we unlock the potential in ourselves and gain support through coaching?  In this session, we will define how coaching works and how you can successfully utilize coaching to maximize your growth.

September 23, 2020 Delegation: Letting Go and Leveraging Strengths

Does your leader delegate assignments to you?  Are you effective in meeting those expectations?  In this session, we will identify necessary characteristics that are a part of delegation for us.

October 14, 2020 Courageous Leadership-Try, Trust and Tell

L & OD discussed leading from where we are and that UT needs courageous leaders. In this session, we discussed 3 buckets of courageous leadership – try, trust and tell.

October 28, 2020 Difficult Conversations: Leading Challenging and Complex Communication

Learning and Organizational Development discussed difficult conversations. Do you find yourself avoiding challenging and complex communication? In this session, we discuss what behaviors align with effective communication in complex and challenging situations.

November 11, 2020 Dependability: Achieving Excellence through Dependability and Trust

As employees do we understand the impact of dependability?  In this session, we will connect behaviors of dependable employees to achieving excellence and building trust.

Telecommuting creates unique circumstances for employees who have children at home. This zoom session will provide an opportunity for employees who have children at home to engage in the exploration of strategies and ideas that support the creation of a positive environment for everyone.

Session Date
August 4, 2020
August 11, 2020
August 18, 2020
August 25, 2020
September 8, 2020
September 15, 2020
September 22, 2020

A monthly development session that is strategically bitesized during the lunch hour to accommodate the challenges of scheduling time away for professional development.

August 10, 2020 K@TE Learning Opportunities
September 14, 2020 Interview/Discussion with Dr. James Williams

Enjoy as we have an interview/discussion with Dr. James Williams, Associate Professor in the department of Retail, Hospitality, and Tourism Management. He will talk about his experience with coaching and how it can be effective.

October 12, 2020 Difficult Conversations with Dr. Dorian McCoy

In-depth conversation with Dr. Dorian McCoy, Associate Department Head, College of Health and Human Sciences around concepts, principles & execution of difficult conversations.

November 9, 2020 Collaboration: The Power of 1

Andy Powers discussed how complex problems and projects, driven and managed by people requires collaboration. How do we manage ourselves effectively, understanding our behavior affects others?

November 12, 2020 Supervising from a Distance: A Panel of Effectively Supervising Remote EmployeesSession was moderated by Mary Lucal, Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources.  The panel will consist of: George Drinnon, Executive Director Undergraduate Admissions, Haslam College of Business; Tyler Lewelling, Assistant Director of Freshman Recruitment, Enrollment Management; Katrice Morgan, Interim Assoc. Vice Chancellor Division of Diversity & Engagement and Director of Equity & Diversity; Lisa Yamagata-Lynch, Professor and Ombudsperson

In this valuable 1-hour session the panel discussed effective strategies and behaviors when supervising remote employees.

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