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Personal Development

Personal Development

How can you fulfill your potential, get the most out of your daily interactions and ensure that you are able to adapt to the changes this year may bring? During our sessions you can take time out to explore how you can make the most of your personal style, skills and experiences and ensure you are able to get the best out of your role.


Personal Development webinars

Plus Icon 30 Minutes of Mindfulness

During Mental Health Awareness Week (10th - 14th May), we’ll be running daily mindfulness sessions for colleagues to take time to pause.  With a mixture of mindfulness practices and suggestions for activities you can do in your own time, this is an opportunity to re-charge your batteries during the working day.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried mindfulness before, or you’re very familiar with it; each day we’ll try something different, so feel free to come along to as many or few sessions as you would like. 

Session duration: 30 minutes 

Upcoming session dates:

10th May 2021 - 14.00 pm - 14.30 pm

11th May 2021 - 10.30 am - 11.00 am

12th May 2021 - 12.00 pm - 12.30 pm

13th May 2021 - 09.30 am - 10.00 am

14th May 2021 - 13.00 pm - 13.30 pm                   

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Essentialism: How to Focus on What Really Matters

In a world where the lines are blurring between work and home and all your role responsibilities, it’s sometimes easy to feel overwhelmed by the tasks and duties you face each day. If you feel like you’re constantly in motion but never really getting anywhere, then the art of Essentialism is a tool that can help you regain control of your life and shape your decision-making process. Focusing your energy on what really matters and helping you to re-examine your priorities in the ‘new normal’, Essentialism is a systematic discipline you can apply every time you are faced with multiple decisions.

Testimonial: As a result of the session, Claire will 'seriously evaluate the why behind what I am doing. I have started doing this already but the session has given me more confidence and conviction to do it.' Another participant, Emma, 'WILL prioritise and plan tasks more methodically'

Session duration: 60 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

27th April 2021, 15.00 pm - 16.00 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Fierce Conversations An Introduction

Conversations are at the heart of all our communication. If you want to expand and enrich yours and want to be able to handle strong emotions, challenging subjects with honesty and clarity then the art of conducting Fierce Conversations is for you. Based on the seminal book by Susan Scott, this introductory session will prepare you for the strategy and skills used for creating high levels of collaboration and partnership in your team or area. A Fierce Conversation is one in which we come out from behind ourselves and make it real. In this session, we’ll guide you through the attributes and principles that you need to develop to make your conversations reach their desired Fierce outcome.

Session duration: 75 minutes 

Upcoming session dates:

27th May 2021, 10.00 am - 11.15 am

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Financial Wellbeing

Stagnating wages, increased housing costs, inflation—we live in a financially daunting time. More than ever, people need to be informed and aware. But financial guidance isn’t taught in school, and money problems can cause serious issues—even affecting mental health…

This webinar from Health Assured will discuss exactly how financial wellbeing and mental wellbeing are linked—and how to improve both in one fell swoop.

You’ll learn:

• Key facts behind financial wellbeing, and the ways they affect our mental health

• The emotional impact of money worries, as well as the physical toll

• Practical tips and advice on managing money, using credit wisely, and being financially aware#

Session duration: 60 minutes 

Upcoming session dates:

8th June 2021, 10.00 am - 11.00 am

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Finding Your Positive Self

Do you see the glass of water as being half full or half empty? I think we all know that is an unrealistic and overly simplistic way of deciding how positive or how optimistic we are. We do all actually have a positive self, though sometimes we struggle to find it or in other times, we may need help in how to recognize it. If you’re interested in how to re-discover yours or igniting some positive energy into your life or the lives of those around you, then come along and join us for this session. We’ll look at how our minds deal with the idea of positivity and explore the thought processes behind what generates an optimistic attitude. Be warned: your positive self and attitude may rub off on other people around you…

Session duration: 60 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

10th June 2021, 10.00 am - 11.00 am 

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Introduction to Leadership

In this webinar we will look at what leadership is (and how it differs from traditional management), exploring the fundamental attributes of effective leaders and providing helpful tips for aspiring and first time leaders to develop your leadership skills and style. We’ll also discuss tips and hints for taking up your first leadership role.

Testimonial: 100% of participants who have provided feedback on this session rated that they were 'extremely likely' to recommend it to a colleague

Session duration: 120 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

 

23rd June 2021, 10.00 am - 12.00 pm

 

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Introduction to Microsoft Teams Part 1

Part 1: Working with Teams and Channels 

Course Requirements: You should be confident using a mouse and keyboard, saving and retrieving documents, and navigating Windows. You do not need to have used Teams before.

What you will learn: 

Working with Teams:

• What is Teams and how is it different to how you work now?

• A tour of the Teams interface

• Setting up your Team

• Adding and removing members

• Joining a Team

• How to structure your Team (Channels)

• Adding Channels

Communicating with others:

• Posts (Conversations)

• Chat

•Edit and Delete messages

• @mentions

• Sending emails to a channel

• Saving posts

• Controlling notifications

Testimonial: Following the session Grant confirmed that, whilst he had participated in MS Teams meetings (visual and audio), attending the webinar has made 'me think how I can use Teams to communicate via conversations, channels and attaching files to further contribute to various meetings.'

Session duration: 90 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

5th May 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Introduction to Microsoft Teams Part 2

Part 2: Files, Meetings and More 

Course requirements: You should be familiar with basic navigation in Teams and using Posts (Conversations) to communicate (these elements are covered in the first session).

What you will learn:
Working with Files:

• Files – adding documents

• Sharing and co-authoring

• The Wiki tab

Meetings and Calls:

• Calendar

•Scheduling a meeting in Teams

• Running a meeting

• Meet Now

• Meeting Notes

• Calls

Optional, if there's time:

• Using Teams on Tablets and Mobile phones

• Connectors 

Testimonial: Before the session Pam 'already used Teams confidently for what I do', however, following the session 'I will not be afraid to click and try things or investigate to see what else I could use it for.'

Session duration: 90 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

26th May 2021, 14.00 pm - 15.30 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Managing Your Self Talk

In this interactive session, we will explore the idea of “Self Talk”, the voice in our head that speaks to us all the time. We’ll look at how it can have an enormously positive effect on your thought process and your life, and how it can, if unchecked, cause you worry, anxiety and fear. Join this online meeting to learn how to manage the voice in your head and maintain a realistic and positive outlook during challenging times.

Testimonial: Following the session, Caroline is going to 'not always listen to the negative thought in my head and give things a try that I might otherwise have avoided.'

Session duration: 60 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

13th May 2021 - 14.00 pm - 15.00 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Mindfulness for Self-Compassion

Many of us have a tendency to be harder on ourselves than we are towards the other people in our lives. This webinar will take a close look at how mindfulness can help us to be kinder to ourselves without feeling self-indulgent. We’ll try out some mindfulness practices and talk through various techniques, all of which can easily be incorporated into daily life.  It doesn’t matter if you’ve never tried mindfulness before, or you’re very familiar with it – we can all benefit from being a little kinder to ourselves! 

Session lasts 90 minutes.

Upcoming session dates:

30th April 2021 - 10.00 am - 11.30 am

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon The Menopause

Our workforce is ageing - over four million women aged 50-64 are in work. This number is growing.  There are few workplaces, then, unaffected by the menopause. How do you care for and support those affected?

Health Assured offer sensitive, empathetic training in the issues around menopause. You’ll discover what the menopause actually is, how it affects the body and mind, and how to support yourself or others at this time of life in the workplace and beyond.

You’ll learn:

• The stages of the menopause

• How to create an open, inclusive and supportive culture

• The best practices in managing those undergoing the menopause

Session duration: 60 minutes 

Upcoming session dates:

8th June 2021, 13.00 pm - 14.00 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Transitions and Tensions: Managing emotions around the return to campus working

How do you feel at the thought of returning to campus life after being at home or working remotely for so long? It can be a huge emotional shift and one that may fill some people with stress, anxiety or uncertainty. If you are leading a team, it is likely you will be managing a diverse range of feelings and emotions as they embark on this journey. You might also need some tips on navigating your own emotions at this time. In this session, we’ll look at both as well as exploring how the mind deals with changes in our life. We’ll share some tips for how you can plan for the move back on to campus so that you retain some control over your mental health and can make the transition smoothly and successfully.

Session duration: 60 minutes 

Upcoming session dates:

6th May 2021 - 14.00 pm - 15.00 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Working With Pace, Working With Confidence

Recent events have made us question the way we work. Remote working has generated its own pace of working and many of us find ourselves in new and unfamiliar territory. Things have been achieved in timescales we wouldn’t have imagined possible before. Yet this may place new pressures on our people who may not be used to working in this way; constantly delivering things up to the wire.

This session will explore these issues and look to developing new strategies, ways of working and personal approaches that can equip you to work with confidence at the pace required, and ensure the right things get done at the right time.  Sometimes ‘done’ is better than ‘perfect’ and this session will explore how to:

• Make decisions at speed and with confidence

• Define our purpose and what adds value

• Challenge appropriately where there are ‘competing values’

• Identify wastage using the principle of DOWNTIME

• Critically review process to ensure it delivers the right things on time.

The session will be interactive with opportunity to discuss current challenges and realise the benefits of working this way and aligning with the future strategy of the University

Session duration: 90 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

25th May 2021, 10.00 am - 11.30 am

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Plus Icon Your Career in Focus

Over the last few eventful months, thoughts of your career and professional development may have been pushed to the back of your mind.  Or you may have been reflecting more than usual about your current job and your future career.  In this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity to explore how your values and motivations affect your career decisions; highlight your strengths; view your career experiences in a positive light; and start thinking about how to get the best out of your present role and be ready for future opportunities.

Testimonial: As a result of the session, Gail will 'permit myself to give priority to the working styles I enjoy.  Thinking about keeping an outcomes/learning style work journal.  Be more confident and proactive in terms of thinking what is possible and pursuing development activities.  Take up the opportunity for coaching sessions.'  Another participant fed back that 'I will spend more time to focus on my career. I'm often taken by the busyness of the day and I've realised that I need to reflect on other things such as motivation, values, growth. This will help me to keep on improving. Hopefully, I’ll also be able to prepare myself for the job that I’d like to do in the future. 

Session duration: 60 minutes

Upcoming session dates:

15th June 2021, 14.00 pm - 15.00 pm

To book a place, please use this Eventbrite booking link and complete the short registration process.

 

Please note places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  If the webinar is full please email POD to register your interest.

Useful Tools

In addition to our new Learning Resources web page, below are some quick, free tools we think you might find interesting and may help develop self awareness. Click on the logos to find out more


Useful Links

IT Skills Right Arrow

A range of IT support available to increase your confidence when using the Microsoft Office 365 suite or to help you with a particular IT related task or challenge.

Project Management Right Arrow

If you are involved in Project Management as part of your role, these Project Management webpages contain a set of resources and guidance to support the delivery of your projects. This can help you to define what a project is, have an awareness of the project lifecycle, terminology and roles within a project and understand the importance of stakeholder communication, identifying and managing risks and controlling changes when required.

Return to Work (RTW) Mentoring Right Arrow

Peer support scheme to help new parents transition back into the workplace following a period of maternity, adoption or shared parental leave.

course director in a meeting

PDR

An effective PDR is a way of having a meaningful conversation that covers wellbeing, achievements and feedback, work priorities and further support and development. The PDR cycle in 2020 runs from July 2020 to 31 January 2021. 

Take a look at our Performance and Development Review webpage for advice and guidance on how to make the most out of PDR conversations. This now includes a 'Tips for a successful PDR' video recording for reviewees, which clarifies the rationale, scope and expectations of PDRs and explores the benefits of taking a pro-active approach.



Essential Training

People Development Online is our university’s online training system, which offers a variety of modules to assist you in your role. A range of new online modules have recently been added to the system and are available via the Training Library for you to self-enrol on, including Self-Care and Wellbeing, Mental Health Awareness, Neurodiversity, Micro Behaviours and Advancing BAME Inclusion. 

In addition to the training library of available courses, all colleagues are automatically enrolled onto a number of essential courses -

  • Data Protection
  • Equality and Diversity
  • H&S Essentials 
  • Information Security Awareness
  • Prevent Duty Awareness

Other courses, such as DSE Training and Assessment and Countering Fraud and Anti-Bribery, may be required, dependent on your role and an individual needs assessment. More information on essential training can be found in our Training Matrix.

Our institutional completion rates for compliance related training are reviewed regularly via our Audit Committee, which oversees the processes in place to protect the University’s information and the use of its funds, and colleagues in Health and Safety. It is therefore important that colleagues complete the training they are automatically enrolled on as soon as possible.


People and OD Team

POD@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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