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In-Person Professional Development Classes

We are happy to announce our fall course lineup is now available! The Fall Calendar offerings have been designed to help promote individual development as well as work and team productivity.

Developing Your SELF
Developing Your CAREER
Developing Your TEAM

Developing the Leader Within

Authoring your Leadership and Career

Project Management Essentials

Using Positive Perspective to Achieve your Goals (NEW)

Email Etiquette

Designing your Ideal Team (NEW)

Essential Principles of Critical Thinking (NEW)

Back to Basics: Business Writing

Maximizing Relationships through Powerful Listening (NEW)

Critical Thinking in High Pressure Situations (NEW)

Win/Win: Negotiating for Success (NEW)

Navigating Columbia University as a New Manager/Supervisor

Managing Your Time with More Work & Fewer Resources

Branding: Achieving Your Professional Brand (NEW)

Influencing without Authority

Emotional Intelligence

Networking Essentials (NEW)

Performance Management

Dealing with Difficult Situations

   

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 area and although not required, it is highly recommended to take paired courses to maximize your learning within a particular area.

Download a quick PDF snapshot of our Fall 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.

Classroom 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 Sasha Goluskin at 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, participants will not be charged to register or cancel within five (5) business days before the course. However, please note: If the cancellation notice is not received within five (5) business days, full-day cost of the course at $160 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 Sasha Goluskin at 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 once your payment is processed. If you have question or concerns, please contact Sasha Goluskin at 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:

Developing the Leader Within

Identify strengths and areas of development to match them with your leadership aspirations.

For further development, we recommend this class be paired with Authoring your Leadership and Career.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Price: $70

Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who are looking to identify and develop their leadership skills, inspiring teams to produce results.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Identify your fears or stumbling blocks
  • Identify characteristics of leadership and being powerful
  • Take on the characteristics to fulfill your vision
  • Start telling the truth about your fears and find the courage to take them on
  • Bring a sense of humor to your challenges giving you power to conquer them

Using Positive Perspective to Achieve your Goals - NEW!

Discover the power of your thoughts and how to manage them to produce positive results.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Designing your Ideal Team.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00

Target audience: All faculty, managers and staff who want to align their attitude with their vision. Participants should be willing to re-examine their thinking.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Get connected to the vision that inspires you
  • See the connection between your attitude and your results
  • Have new power in shifting your perspective to cause results in your life
  • Be able to intervene in the disrupters to your vision
  • Have access to design practices to have your desired results

 

Essential Principles of Critical Thinking - NEW!

This half-day workshop will give you the critical thinking tools and skills you need to succeed.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Critical Thinking in High Pressure Situations.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Any staff member whose job performance includes the need for effective thinking.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Discover your current thinking method, and how to introduce the skills necessary to improve and to “round out” your thinking repertoire
  • Introduce leaders and managers to the essential principles of critical thinking and premier methods of how to apply them effectively
  • Understand how to use matrices to consider every significant aspect of a process or problem situations
  • Improve your analytical skills and instincts

Critical Thinking in High Pressure Situations - NEW!

This half-day workshop focuses on using performance pocket tools to enhance the critical thinking toolkit skills needed for everyday problems at times of doubtfulness to ensure success.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Essential Principles of Critical Thinking.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, October 30, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Any staff member whose job is contingent on success in the workplace or your job includes the need for effective thinking.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Improve your thinking process and focus on the elements of a problem that will lead to better reasoning in the workplace
  • Learn how applying critical thinking skills in high pressure situations will produce positive outcomes
  • Teach individuals how to ask high quality questions that will help guide the process and flow of decision making in the work environment

Managing Your Time with More Work & Fewer Resources

Learn to manage your time with maximum efficiency.

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

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Any staff member who is feeling stretched with their current work load.

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

Emotional Intelligence

Learn to use emotional intelligence to inspire teams and become a better leader.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Any staff member looking to improve their ability to read others' behavior and respond effectively.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Define emotional intelligence (EI) and how it links with ‘regular’ intelligence
  • Learn an easy-to-understand model for EI
  • Break down EI into usable skills
  • Use emotional intelligence to better:
  • Read and interact with others
  • Manage difficult situations

Dealing with Difficult Situations

Learn processes for effectively managing difficult situations.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Influencing without Authority.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target Audience: All staff looking to improve their communication skills in times of conflict in order to achieve a successful resolution.

Maximum Class Size: 30 participants per session

By the end of this program you will:

  • Understand what difficult situations are, where they come from and why they are important to manage
  • Be able to use the two main skills in managing difficult situations: empathy and assertiveness
  • Learn different conflict management styles and be able to adapt your style based on the situation
  • Learn a process for handling difficult situations using collaboration

 

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Managing Your CAREER:

Authoring your Leadership and Career

Recognizing your power in taking ownership of your career.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Developing the Leader Within.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All faculty, managers and staff who are interested in a taking control in their careers and work life

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Identify where you have felt powerless or have been the “weather reporter” in your career.
  • Have new insights into where you have created your experience --good or bad.
  • Discover truths about the source of obstacles to your satisfaction and how simple taking ownership can be.
  • Affirmatively design rather than succumb to the default mode of operating.
  • Have the tools to take the pen in your hand to be the author of your career.

 

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: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 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

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: Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 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

Win/Win: Negotiating for Success - NEW!

Learn strategies and skills for maximizing value and strengthening relationships through negotiation.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Maximizing Relationships through Powerful Listening.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who are looking to be more effective, confident and satisfied with outcomes of both formal and informal negotiations.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Identify the key challenges in negotiation and how to address them
  • See the power of a collaborative approach to most negotiations
  • Learn fundamental skills for negotiating more effectively
  • Learn a powerful framework for analyzing, planning and negotiating challenging workplace issues
  • Get new inputs on personal strengths and areas for growth related to negotiation

Branding: Achieving Your Professional Brand - NEW!

Develop or improve your professional brand to enhance your ability to influence others and advance your career.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Networking Essentials.


Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who want to enhance how others perceive them in the workplace and leverage their professional brands to improve work results.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Identify components of positive professional brands
  • Compare your own perceptions of yourself with others’ perceptions
  • Define brand components that you want others to perceive in you
  • Describe successful techniques for creating and marketing a strong brand
  • List activities and actions that can jeopardize branding efforts
  • Write a plan for enhancing and marketing your professional brand

Networking Essentials - NEW!

Create a network that provides a web of resources to help solve work challenges and to keep you abreast of industry and company trends.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Branding: Achieving Your Professional Brand.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who want to want to enhance their professional networks and use them to improve business knowledge and solve work challenges.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:
  • Define mutually beneficial networking
  • Design a simple networking plan to achieve a single goal
  • Develop tactics for expanding your network
  • Select tactics for maintaining strong network connections
  • Explain how online tools can support your networking efforts

 

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Managing Your TEAM:

Project Management Essentials

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

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, October 9, 2014
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: 30 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

Designing your Ideal Team - NEW!

This class is designed to help you use your constructive energy and alignment to fuel your team environment to produce desired results.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Using Positive Perspective to Achieve your Goals.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Faculty, managers and team members who are committed to team alignment

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Create your vision for your ideal team
  • Identify current inconsistencies to your desired team environment
  • Have access to conversations and practices to bring alignment to your team
  • See the path to bridge the gaps and allow for new team focus
  • Be inspired to play a new winning game with your team

Maximizing Relationships through Powerful Listening - NEW!

Learn strategies and skills for strengthening, nurturing and gaining value from professional relationships, through powerful communication skills and strategies.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Win/Win: Negotiating for Success.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: All Faculty, Managers and Staff who want to strengthen their communication skills and navigate difficult conversations effectively.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand the role communication plays in relationships
  • Learn the critical linkages between “external skills” (what is said) and “internal skills” (how we master our thoughts and feelings)
  • Learn fundamental skills for communicating more effectively
  • Practice skills with coaching and feedback to ensure better outcomes
  • Get new inputs on personal strengths and areas for growth related to 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, November 12 and Thursday, November 13, 2014 (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


Influencing without Authority

Become an effective leader by successfully influencing others, even if you do not have the formal authority to do so.

For further development, it is recommended that this class be paired with Dealing with Difficult Situations.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, November 20, 2014
Time: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Price: $80.00


Target audience: Any staff member who needs to influence others whom they do not directly supervise. This can include influencing peers, students, faculty, customers or even one’s own manager.

Maximum class size: 30 participants per session

By the end of the workshop you will:

  • Understand the law of reciprocity and how it forms the basis of all successful influence
  • Recognize when to influence and how to overcome barriers to success
  • Discover the model of “Influencing Without Authority" and how to be effective in its 6 elements; emphasis will be placed on learning how to:
    o Diagnose the other person’s world
    o Identify what you can offer to meet the other person's needs
    o Conduct influence through exchange

Performance Management

Set clear work goals for your staff and provide them ongoing coaching and feedback.

Location: 469 Studebaker
Date: Thursday, December 18, 2014
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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