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2018 L&D courses are now live

The courses/workshops and programmes that make up the Learning and Development offerings are now available for registration.

The first courses for the year (with spaces still available) are:
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora
Tues 6 & Thurs 8 March, 9am-4.30pm
Te Reo Māori for the Workplace (2 modules)
Weds 14 March & Weds 11 April, 1-4.30pm
Growing Personal Resilience
Tues 10 April, 9am-4.30pm
Supporting Students in Crisis: Tools, Triage and Referral
Module One on Weds 18 April, 9am-3pm
Modules 2 & 3 on Thurs 19 April, 9am-12.30pm & 1pm-4.30pm
Culturally Responsive Pedagogy: From Theory to Practice
Mon 23 April, 1-4.30pm
Pasifika Talanoa Professional Development Day
Fri 27 April, 9.30-4.30pm

Start planning your year, book time for your Professional
Development, and register now while there are still spaces available.

To find out more of what is on offer, visit our Learning and Development intranet site here.
For a full list of our programmes, go to our A-Z here.

UC’s Organisational Culture Transformation – update #2

The College of Science 2-day Culture Leader workshop was held last week. Twenty-seven Culture Leaders (Heads, other senior staff and Team Leaders) engaged with each other, theories of Organisational Culture, other content and their results. Pro-Vice-Chancellor Wendy Lawson observed

“It was an intense couple of days for our group of ‘culture leaders’. But the next steps are even more important: sharing the results with our colleagues in a way that supports understanding, and planning next steps.”

The now well-tried and tested workshop agenda includes:
– The “How Culture Works” model (Circumplexes, Outcomes and Causal Factors),
– A case-study exercise using the overall UC results, and
– The release and debrief of the ‘local’ results – at the unit and sub-unit levels.

This brings the number of Culture Leaders who’ve been through the 2-day workshop to 180.

Sharing News and Good Stories
Can you relate any positive experience within your team, your wider work area, or across UC to the organisational culture programme activities you have been undertaking? Please take a couple of minutes to tell that story. There’s two questions plus a few demographics and you can repeat this at any time. I’d love to hear your experiences.

Culture Leaders – there is a slightly longer survey you can utilise asking a little detail about experiences and reflections as well as positive stories.

Feature Article: The Interactive Circumplex
The interactive circumplex on the Human Synergistics website is a great tool for getting your head around the lens ‘shift’ of the 12 styles from an Individual style perspective to the Organisational Culture view i.e. the Behavioural Norms which are encouraged, discouraged or tolerated. All the elements of the Circumplex are defined and explained as you click on them.

A good example is:
– Click on Individual level: Personal Managerial or Leadership Styles view (left-hand side) and then click on the Perfectionist segment and you will reveal…

“Perfectionistic: Based on the need to attain flawless results, avoid failure and the tendency to equate self-worth with the attainment of unreasonably high standards. People high in this style are preoccupied with details, place excessive demands on themselves and others and tend to show impatience, frustration and indifference toward others’ needs and feelings.”

– Then click on Organisational level (Behavioural Norms) on the left and then on the Perfectionistic segment and you’ll see…

“A Perfectionistic culture characterises organisations in which perfectionism, persistence, and hard work are valued. Members feel they must avoid all mistakes, keep track of everything, and work long hours to attain narrowly defined objectives.”

This lens shift shows the difference between an individual who has a Perfectionist workstyle (measured by the LifeStyles Inventory) and an organisational culture that encourages Perfectionistic work habits (measured through the Organisational Culture Inventory).

Planning timeline
The indicative timeline for planning the organisational culture programme in each area is as shown below (click to enlarge)….

Finding Out More
– See UC’s Culture Journey website for more information on the UC programme, tools, articles and whitepapers, FAQs and more.
– Previous blog: #1: https://blogs.canterbury.ac.nz/intercom/2018/01/24/ucs-organisational-culture-transformation/

Ngā mihi nui
Karen Mather
Organisational Development Manager

Free breakfast for cyclists – Tues 6 March

Our first event this year is a celebration of all things cycling! Perhaps your New Year’s resolution is to get back on your bike? Maybe you want to start cycling to work, but don’t know when or where to start? Perhaps you bike to campus already? No matter where you are at, the Sustainability Office has you covered, with a FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus on Tuesday 6th March.

What: A FREE breakfast for anyone who cycles into campus
When: Tuesday 6th March, 8am – 10am
Where: Matariki Square (in between Matariki and Puaka James-Hight)
Why: We thought it was time to celebrate our cycle friendly campus in style. The beginning of the year is the perfect time to think about getting to campus without using your car. What better way than bringing everyone together to enjoy food, coffee, and talk cycling?
Who’s invited: Everyone with a bike – don’t forget you can borrow one off a friend if you don’t have your own.

Come down, show us your helmet, and enjoy music, prizes, giveaways, and the chance to meet other cyclists at UC. We’ll have the Christchurch City Council there to chat about the new cycle networks, cycle maps to help you choose the best route, Dr Bike there to do on the spot bike tune ups, students running photo competitions, and the opportunity to learn more about our cycling community at UC by chatting to like-minded people.

Did we mention you get a free breakfast? We can’t wait to see you (and your bikes!)

Brought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. We’ve been busy bees over the summer, planning and organising events for 2018. Check out our Facebook page and our webpage  for more updates on our 2018 events, coming soon, and follow us on Instagram.

Aotearoa Bike Challenge

The Aotearoa Bike Challenge runs throughout February and you are invited to take part!

It’s a fun, free competition where we’re competing to see which workplace and departments can get the most staff to try cycling. There are loads of prizes that you can win by riding and encouraging friends and colleagues.

If you haven’t ridden in years, don’t worry! You only have to ride a bike for just 10 minutes or more for your participation to count towards our team’s score. And you can ride anywhere, anytime during the Challenge (doesn’t have to be a trip to work!).

If you already ride – you already know how enjoyable riding is and how good it makes you feel. So here’s your chance to get your workmates to experience how easy and enjoyable riding can be.

Get involved, it takes just two minutes to register. Go to www.aotearoa.bike click ‘Register’ at the top of the page and join our team https://www.lovetoride.net/nz/companies/13952 !

Give it a go and help us pedal our way to victory!

Register here.

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>