Leadership Center workshops: Art and Science of Facilitation; StrengthsFinder

Here are upcoming workshops for faculty and staff by CFAES’s OSU Leadership Center:

July 29-30: The Art and Science of Facilitation

9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus.

Building Your Facilitation Toolbox

Knowing the techniques of facilitation and having a well-stocked facilitation toolbox enhances your ability to most effectively manage even the most difficult group interactions. This training is designed to help you learn about facilitation processing and tools to use with group management. Participants will learn about the process and will practice using tools to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to select the right tool or tools in order to successfully help groups accomplish their desired outcomes.

1st Day, Facilitation Processing

Sometimes participants get off track with the discussion and want to talk about things not on the current agenda. How are those items handled? We provide training on how to acknowledge the additional topics — many of which are important — but to not allow them to totally derail the planned agenda. Every group goes through many stages of development. Some of those stages are very uncomfortable for both participants and facilitators. This training helps participants gain a better understanding of group dynamics and how to utilize those dynamics for positive meeting outcomes.

2nd Day, Building Your Facilitation Toolbox

(If you have completed the processing training previously, you may join us for our second day of training for half the registration cost.) Having a well-stocked facilitation toolbox enhances your ability to most effectively manage even the most difficult group interactions. This workshop is designed to help you learn various tools to use with group facilitation. Participants will practice using many of the tools to gain a more in-depth understanding of how to select the right tool or tools in order to successfully help groups accomplish their desired outcomes.

Prerequisite: Facilitation Processing training must be completed before completing the Facilitation Toolbox training.

Cost: $270. Further details here. Register and pay here.

Aug 12: StrengthsFinder

9 a.m. to noon, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, 2120 Fyffe Road, Columbus.

As a leader it is important to know what talents you possess that you bring to the leadership table. Do you know what strengths you possess? Every leader possesses her or his own unique set of talents. According to the Gallup Organization, “We spend too much time focusing on our weaknesses, trying to make them stronger rather than recognizing our strengths.” When you focus on your weaknesses, you miss out on utilizing what you do best for your organization.

Participants in this workshop will take the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory to learn their five strongest talents. By focusing on your strengths, you increase your effectiveness as a leader.

What is the Clifton StrengthsFinder inventory? Marcus Buckingham, coauthor of the national bestseller First, Break All the Rules, and Donald O. Clifton, chair of the Gallup International Research and Education Center, have created a revolutionary program to help readers identify their talents, build them into strengths and enjoy consistent, near-perfect performance. At the heart of the book is the Internet-based StrengthsFinder Profile, the product of a 25-year, multimillion-dollar effort to identify the most prevalent human strengths.

The program introduces 34 dominant “themes” with thousands of possible combinations and reveals how they can best be translated into personal and career success. For more information, visit the StrengthsFinder website here.

By participating in the workshop, you will:

  • Gain a better understanding of yourself.
  • Identify your top five strengths.
  • Learn how to maximize your strengths to increase your effectiveness as a leader.

Cost: $75. Further details here. Register and pay here.