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In-Person Professional Development Classes

We are happy to announce our spring course lineup is now available! The Spring Calendar offerings have been designed to help promote individual development, manager and supervisor skills, as well as work and team productivity.

Developing Your SELF
Managing Your CAREER
Managing Your TEAM

Time Management: Maximize Your Work Day

Project Management Essentials

 

Strategic Management Communication (NEW)

 

Managing Your Time Through Successful Delegation and Decision Making

Having Challenging Conversations

Building Accountability in You and Others

Situational Awareness & Perception Skills (NEW)

Email Etiquette

Navigating Columbia University as a New Manager/Supervisor

Improve Critical Decision Making (NEW)

Back to Basics: Business Writing

Coach, Recognize and Reward Staff for Peak Performance (NEW)

Navigating Change (NEW)

Develop Effective Working Relationships:  Managing Up, Down and Laterally (NEW) Performance Management: For Managers


Performance Management: For Staff (NEW)


If you have questions or feedback, please contact Learning & Development Director Alysa Turkowitz at hrlearning@columbia.edu.

*NEW* Courses and Course Pairings
Please note that there are a few *NEW* courses that have been added to the calendar to meet your professional needs.  Also, you will notice that some of the courses are recommended to be taken in “pairs.” These pairings have been designed to help you build upon skills learned within a particular skill set and although not required, it is highly recommended to take paired courses to maximize your learning within that particular skill set.

Download a quick PDF snapshot of our Spring classes.

Classroom Location

All classroom courses are offered at the Studebaker building, 622 West 132nd Street; the intercampus shuttle will take you to Studebaker from any CU campus. For more information on the intercampus shuttle schedule, please visit Columbia University Transportation Services.  

Classroom Training Pricing and Refund Policy for Columbia Participants

Each half-day course costs $80, and full-day courses are $160. All registrants are required to obtain approval from their manager to take any of our classroom courses. Be sure to speak with your Manager and Department Finance contact to secure the account and project information needed to process the chargeback in ARC. 

If it becomes necessary to cancel registration, please do so by sending an email to hrlearning@columbia.edu, at least five (5) business days before the course. Advance notification gives wait-listed participants the opportunity to attend.

The cancellation notice must be received by the Learning & Development team at least (5) five business days in advance in order for the full cost of the course to be waived. If the cancellation notice is not received within five (5) business days, the full cost of the course will be charged to the registrant

For management courses that have no fee, if a cancellation notice is not received within five (5) business days before the course, the full-day cost of the course will be charged to the registrant. 

There are two methods of payment:
  1. Internal chargeback to your department: When registering for the course online, you will be prompted to provide your department and project number for internal chargeback purposes. If you do not know this information, please reach out to your Manager, DA or Finance contact within your department/Center.
  2. Credit card payments: You also have the option to pay using a credit card. To register and pay for courses using a credit card please follow the steps in the online registration system.
If you have questions please send an email to hrlearning@columbia.edu for further assistance. Please do not email us your credit card information.

Classroom Training Email Confirmation

Upon registering for a course, you will receive an email confirmation. If you have question or concerns, please contact hrlearning@columbia.edu.

Privacy Policy

As required by law, Columbia University HR Learning & Development does not disclose non-public personal information that we have obtained to any of our affiliates. We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of the personal information you provide. Access to your personal information is restricted to those staff members who need to know that information as part of their job in order to provide effective service to you. We maintain physical, electronic, and procedural safeguards that are reasonably designed to guard your non-public personal information.

Developing Your SELF:

Time Management: Maximize Your Work Day

Learn to manage your time with maximum efficiency.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with “Managing your Time through Successful Delegation and Decision Making."

Note: This course has similar content to a previously offered course titled, “Time Management: Managing your Time & Priorities.”  

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 9:30 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Price: $80

Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff 

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Discover where your time is currently going
  • Set goals to make sure time is spent on the most important tasks
  • Learn how to organize your work for maximum efficiency
  • Be able to determine priorities and communicate these priorities to others
  • Learn how to eliminate time wasters and handle distractions

Managing Your Time through Successful Delegation and Decision Making

Learn to manage your time by improving decisions about your work and involving others in getting tasks completed more efficiently.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with “Time Management: Maximize your Work Day.”

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00

Target audience: Applies to anyone who can delegate in their role (managers to direct reports), as well as staff members who work with teams

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Identify what, when and to whom you should delegate
  • Learn how to make a delegation plan and successfully communicate it
  • Discuss how to handle common obstacles such as employee resistance and putting work back on your own plate
  • Apply the WRAP model to decisions made about managing your work load
  • Expand your concept of delegation to include more than only direct reports

Situational Awareness & Perception Skills - NEW!

Enhance your perception and communication skills by increasing visual literacy and analyzing works of art. This class is a new engaging way to learn key skills that can be applied on the job.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Improve Critical Decision Making."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 1:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session


By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Have a renewed way of observing people and dynamics
  • Sharpen your perception skills that can be applied to your workplace setting
  • Increase awareness of how precisely and objectively we communicate
  • Develop a sense of critical inquiry that can be applied in professional situations
  • Increase your awareness of the use of assumptions in professional judgment
  • Have a renewed approach to analyzing data and other types of information

Improve Critical Decision Making - NEW!

This class uses images of painting, sculpture and photography as tools to reconsider assumptions, preconceived biases, cultural competence, and related ethical issues encountered by professionals working with diverse constituents.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Situational Awareness & Perception Skills."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who seek to improve their decision making and increase accountability in the workplace.  

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand the role of cultural competence in the workplace
  • Have a greater awareness of cognitive biases and how it affects decision making
  • Learn how to incorporate multiple perspectives in professional decisions
  • Have an increased understanding of a broader concept of inclusion
  • Understand the principles of facilitating effective communication in sensitive and emergency situations

Navigating Change - NEW!

This workshop will help you understand the impact of change and effectively plan for individual and organizational transitions through a mix of strategic tools, discussion activities and ready-to-apply skills.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Situational Awareness & Perception Skills."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who need support in navigating individual and organizational changes.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Recognize the various types of changes people experience day-to-day
  • Understand different perceptions and responses to change
  • Learn the stages people often go through when experiencing change
  • Identify resources for support to move yourself through the change process
  • Gain tools to request feedback, support, and offer recommendations
  • Explore challenges and solutions to implementing organizational change

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Managing Your CAREER:

Project Management Essentials

Learn project management tools and skills that can be applied immediately to your role.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Price: $160.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who manage or lead projects, contribute to projects or manage people that lead projects

Maximum class size: 25 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand and apply the project management process
  • Determine and use effective project management practices
  • Learn to use the various tools and techniques to support the practice
  • Practice using techniques with in class exercises
  • Discuss and explore project management ideas, concerns, and issues

Having Challenging Conversations

Quit postponing those challenging conversations and learn to tackle them head on.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Building Accountability in You and Others."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All faculty, managers and staff interested in making the conscious choices of speaking up and having conversations that you have been afraid to have.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Have tools to overcome the fear of challenging conversations
  • Be able to have conversations in which you tell the truth
  • Have the opportunity to practice those conversations and be coached on them
  • Work on bringing truth telling and grace to your challenging conversations

Email Etiquette

Communicate more effectively and efficiently using e-mail.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Back to Basics: Business Writing."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who are looking to improve their e-mail communications skills.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Learn how to create polished, professional emails and replies
  • Craft useful subject lines and calls to action
  • Understand how to be in command on the overall e-mail tone
  • How to handle angry writers and “hot” messages
  • Determine when to use alternatives to email

Back to Basics: Business Writing

Create professional and polished content for written communications.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Email Etiquette.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, April 2, 2015
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who are looking to improve their business writing and written communications skills.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Write more clearly and quickly
  • Review the basics of sentences and paragraphs
  • Structure any message or document for maximum effectiveness
  • Avoid common slip-ups in spelling, usage, grammar and punctuation
  • Proofread your work

Develop Effective Working Relationships: Managing Up, Down and Laterally - NEW!

Improve working relationships by focusing on different needs and motivators.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with “How to Coach, Recognize and Reward Staff for Peak Performance.”

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All staff, including individual contributors and managers

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Have completed a 360 analysis of your working relationships, analyzing needs and interests of each group
  • Examine and practice effective communication methods for different relationships
  • Discuss differences in handling work relationships in commonplace settings such as: making agreements, presenting problems, giving feedback, persuading and saying no
  • Learn tools to enhance working relationships

Performance Management: For Staff - NEW!

Improve ability to work effectively through all stages of the performance lifecycle as a staff member at the University.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Price: $160.00


Target audience: All staff

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand the performance management lifecycle and your roles and responsibilities in each stage
  • Set clear goals and expectations around performance
  • Create a development plan using the 70/20/10 model to leverage all resources
  • Ask for and receive feedback
  • Successfully communicate with managers and seek out mentorship and coaching as needed
  • Diagnose and handle common barriers to successful performance management

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Managing Your TEAM:

Strategic Management Communication - NEW!

Learn or refresh critical communication skills associated with being an effective manager.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015
Time: 9:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $160.00


Target audience: All managers or anyone who supervises others

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • How to think strategically for your team and effectively present your ideas
  • How to work successfully with and motivate employees with different styles and needs
  • How to communicate tough messages to the team
  • How to facilitate meetings to achieve goals
  • How to manage conflict between employees
  • How to onboard employees so they can hit the ground running

Building Accountability in You and Others

Learn how to create a culture of accountability within and outside your team. 

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with "Having Challenging Conversations."

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Anyone who wants to impact their team, organization or their partnership with others.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Develop skills to hold themselves and others accountable  without damaging their relationship
  • Begin to understand what makes teams and organizations successful
  • Identify the source of gaps in current relationships resulting from lack of accountability
  • Be able to have hard conversations to facilitate open communication


Navigating Columbia University as a New Manager/Supervisor

Gain essential management knowledge, tools and resources for front line and mid-level administrators.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 22 and Thursday, April 23, 2015 (Two Days)
Time: Wednesday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, Thursday from 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price:
($160.00 cancellation fee ONLY if cancellation notice not received within 5 business days of course)

Target audience: New and current managers and supervisors at the University.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Review manager/supervisor role and responsibilities at Columbia University
  • Learn best practices for effectively managing staff
  • Discuss framework for managing day-to-day operations
  • Gain tips on identifying and navigating relevant University resources
  • Practice solving basic management issues
  • Gain a greater understanding of how to manage union related issues


Coach, Recognize and Reward Staff for Peak Performance - NEW!

Learn to develop and motivate your staff by leveraging effective management strategies and tools.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with “Develop Effective Working Relationships: Managing Up, Down and Laterally."


Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Managers or anyone involved in improving staff performance

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Examine the benefits and risks of coaching and what needs to be done before
    coaching begins
  • Learn and practice the GROW model of coaching
  • Discover what successful recognition and rewards look like and what pitfalls to avoid
  • Investigate the different types of incentives and their link to motivating employees
  • Create an action plan for coaching, recognizing and rewarding staff with a goal of Improved performance

Performance Management: For Managers

Set clear work goals for your staff and provide them with effective ongoing coaching and feedback. Information also included on the Columbia University Performance Management process and tools.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Time: 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Price: ($160.00 cancellation fee ONLY if cancellation notice not received within 5 business days of course)


Target audience: Managers and supervisors who want to understand the process for managing staff performance: setting goals, coaching staff, assessing performance and providing feedback.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Learn to create and communicate clear and achievable performance goals for your staff
  • Provide appropriate context and required information when assigning work
  • Understand individual staff member coaching, support and developmental needs
  • Recognize essential components of successful performance reviews
  • Provide feedback in the context of previously defined performance standards

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