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Workshop: focus on peoples limitations or their potential?

Coaching conversations are at the heart of effective communication between individuals, within families, teams and organisations.

Feeling stuck? So often we experience conversations that focus on people’s limitations, encourage dependence and appear to have all of the answers.

Coaching conversations take an optimistic view of our potential. They build trust, commitment and personal responsibility through sharing of thoughts and feelings, guidance and providing balanced feedback.
This session focuses on practical steps we can all take to develop this potential in ourselves and others.

The next session is Thursday 7 December, 2pm-3pm in Erskine 121.
This workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale campuses. You will meet like-minded people and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. All welcome.

Find information about other sessions here>

Mindful or mindless? Turn stress into positive energy

Mindfulness training starts NOW. How often do you find your mind drifting into the future “what if?” and the past “if only”. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life. But how do we do that when our daily existence is full of distractions? In the workplace we are constantly responding to noise and disruption in open plan environments and the urgent response needed to emails and mobile phones.

The next culture session explores mindfulness as a key strategy for re-energising and refocusing in all areas of your life but especially at work. And there are some major health benefits. The next session is Thursday 30 November, 2:00pm-3:00pm at Dovedale DD02-101.

The workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale campuses. You will meet some like-minded people and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. All welcome. For the dates of further sessions refer to the following link.

Mindful or mindless? How to stay sane in a distracting world. Workshop 24 Nov

HOW TO STAY SANE IN A WORLD WHERE DISTRACTION CAN BE OVERWHELMING

Mindfulness training is about your life. It isn’t about the time you meditate on a cushion or chair. It is about learning to be awake for each moment of your life.

But how do we do that when our daily existence is full of distractions? In the workplace we are constantly responding to noise and disruption in open plan environments and the urgent response needed to emails and mobile phones.

This culture session explores mindfulness as a key strategy for reenergising and refocusing in all areas of your life but especially at work. And there are some major health benefits.

The next session is at Ilam – Puaka James Hight 210 at 2-3pm Thursday 23 November.

These weekly workshops alternating between Ilam and Dovedale Campuses. Their purpose is to encourage teams across UC to meet and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. All welcome.

For the dates of further sessions click here.

Story telling and difficult conversations for change – 16 Nov

Last week we had a very successful session on this topic and are running it again on Thursday 16 November – so you won’t miss out on this opportunity if you book now.

This culture conversation explores the impact of change and generates ideas for building resilience.

 Dovedale – DD02-101 at 2pm Thursday 16 November.

Email alan.palmer@canterbury.ac.nz to book your place. Booking not essential but helpful in planning materials/handouts etc.

  • This workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale Campuses.
  • Join us in an informal workshop environment and share your knowledge and experiences from your team with a wider group. The workshop will be facilitated by Alan Palmer.
  • The purpose of these workshops is to encourage teams across UC to meet and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.

Check out the dates of further sessions.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested. 

Group work is better – yeah/nah?

Bosses – take a back seat, session 2 of 2

This culture conversation looks at empowerment through self directed teams. It is made up of two x 1 hour sessions. Session 2 of 2 sets out to apply this approach in our teams – with a special focus on visual graphic systems for communication. Does face to face engagement beat technology?

The next Session 2 of 2 is at Dovedale DD02-101 at 2pm Thursday 2 November.

Email alan.palmer@canterbury.ac.nz to book your place. Booking not essential but helpful in planning materials/handouts etc. Also indicate if you wish to be on the outlook invitation for all sessions. That’s the best way to find out about what’s coming up.

Visual Management Boards provide a focal point for self directed teams to share their purpose, their direction, their ideas, their to-do list and their results. Team members gain skills along the way. See different examples of visual management boards at the workshop.
Don’t be shy! If you would like to share examples of your visual management display boards please email photos to Alan by 5pm Wednesday 1 November.

This workshop is part of a series of culture conversations alternating between Ilam and Dovedale Campuses. Join us in an informal workshop environment and share your knowledge and experiences from your team with a wider group. The workshop will be facilitated by Alan Palmer. The purpose of these workshops is to encourage teams across Learning Resources to meet and learn from each other about shaping a constructive work place culture that values people.
He aha te mea nui o te ao
What is the most important thing in the world?
He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata
It is the people, it is the people, it is the people

For the dates of further sessions refer to this timetable link.

Please forward this blog to anyone you think may be interested.