Leadership Center workshops: Millennials in the Workplace; Conflict, Compete, Collaborate; StrengthsFinder; Emotional Vampires

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

May 19: The Changing Face of the Organization: Millennials in the Workplace

9-11 a.m., online.

Who are these new employees in your workplace? How do you relate to or manage this latest generation to enter the workforce? These younger employees are technologically wired, highly educated and eager to make a difference in their workplace. This highly interactive workshop is filled with information that you can apply immediately in your organization.

Millennials were born between 1980 and 2000, and this generation is almost as large as the Baby Boomer generation. An achievement-oriented group, these new employees are technically connected 24/7 and use social networking to connect with their peers. This high-achieving generation wants to immediately make an impact in their careers and are eager to take on leadership roles.

Participants will:

  • Learn about the culture and events that have shaped the Millennial Generation.
  • Determine ways to improve communication and build relationships with this generation.
  • Generate ideas about how to manage and coach this generation of employees.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

May 28: What Will It Be Today: Conflict, Compete, Collaborate?

9 a.m.-noon, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, Columbus.

There are many choices to be made in the workplace. The workplace can be a breeding ground for conflict due to different personality and communication styles. We can choose to ignore or accelerate conflict with others, or we can choose to allow conflict to make the positive changes within our organization. On the other hand, we can choose to work collaboratively or cooperatively together to further the goals of our organization. It’s a choice we make. So what will it be today?

Participants will:                         

  • Understand why conflict in the workplace happens.
  • Identify the ways cooperation increases productivity.
  • Explore ways to collaborate together.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

June 3: StrengthsFinder

9-11 a.m., online.

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 http://www.strengthstest.com/.

In this 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.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

June 11: Emotional Vampires at Work

9 a.m.-noon, 105 Agricultural Administration Building, Columbus.

Emotional vampires tend to drain the energy of everyone they encounter. These “vampires” tend to suck out your optimism and enthusiasm rather than your blood. Their toxic behaviors can range from subtle comments to full-blown drama. These vampires — it can be one or 100 in an organization — affect workplace productivity and lower morale.

It is essential to stop having your energy drained from you. One way is to learn to identify the different types of behavior that emotional vampires possess. It is also vital to learn how to keep their negativity from affecting how you work and feel about yourself.

When working with emotional vampires, we need to remember that what they say or do is a reflection of them, not us.

Participants in this workshop will:

  • Learn about the different types of behaviors of emotional vampires.
  • Gain a better understanding about how emotional vampires affect the workplace.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with emotional vampires.

Beth Flynn is facilitating this workshop. Cost: $75 per participant.

Registration for the workshops is available online at regonline.com/seriesleadership.