Our leadership development workshops provide opportunities for faculty to develop and enhance their leadership skills, gain insights from accomplished leaders and engage with each other outside of their usual work environments. Workshop participants will attain knowledge, skills, and abilities that will enhance their individual and organizational performance.

In this course we will examine the paradox of communication: why it seems so simple and easy sometimes, and so frustrating at other times. Based upon this deeper understanding of the enormous complexity involved in communication, we’ll explore some strategies to become more effective communicators.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

October 12 and 19, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
CHT Building, Room 2308 (Sacramento)
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While we commonly think of ‘negotiation’ in more formal terms, it’s actually something we do almost constantly every day: from ‘negotiating’ traffic on our way to work (as well as office politics while at work!) to ‘negotiating’ who is going to pick up the kids at daycare and who is going to fix dinner. In this course we’ll examine some of our assumptions about negotiation, and why those assumptions might not always serve us well while negotiating our way through life, and some alternative ways of thinking about what negotiation actually is and how we might get better at it in our busy and complex lives.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

November 9 and 16, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
CHT Building, Room 2308 (Sacramento)
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Plato was wrong and David Hume was right: logic and reason do not steer us through life, like a charioteer steering a two-horse chariot, but instead our emotions often overrule our thinking! In this course we’ll look at how modern scientists have confirmed that David Hume (1711-1776) was right about how the human brain works, and why Plato (c. 427-347bce) wrong … and why leaders in 2018 still stubbornly cling to Plato when trying to lead organizations, especially through organizational change. We’ll also examine some strategies to take advantage of how the human brain actually works, so that leaders don’t make their jobs even harder by being stuck in the past … more than 2300 years ago!

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

December 7 and 14, 2018 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
CHT Building, Room 2308 (Sacramento)
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Feedback conversations are often the hardest conversations we have, whether we are receiving or giving the feedback. In this course we’ll explore why feedback conversations are so difficult and how we might learn to engage in them more productively, regardless whether we receiving the feedback … or giving it.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

January 18 and 25, 2019 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento)
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The current academic health center climate is impacted by budgetary constraints, low reimbursement rates, strict requirements for accreditation, and tapering federal support for graduate education and research funding. In this context, many individuals neglect their own self-care, even more than in the past.

Burnout can take a physical and mental toll on just about anyone. In this workshop, we will discuss strategies to recognize and prevent burnout. There will be a focus on identifying techniques and approaches that promote resiliency in the face of the many competing demands inherent to a high stress workplace.

Presented by Margaret Rea, Ph.D., Psychologist and Director of Student Wellness

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento)
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Meetings are a simple fact of professional and academic life, as inevitable as Benjamin Franklin’s famous “death and taxes.” But do they have to be dreadfully long and predictably boring? Not at all …! In this course we’ll explore how to make meetings both efficient and effective, wasting no one’s time provided the meeting chair or facilitator does their homework and preparation! This brief course is designed for those leaders who call meetings and are responsible for their facilitation, but it will benefit anyone who has to attend meetings because it will give you some insight and strategies to use with the person responsible for calling and managing the meeting.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

February 22 and March 1, 2019 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento)
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What exactly is a leadership style …? And do leaders have more than one style … and if so, isn’t that confusing for everyone, the leader included? After all, don’t organizations need leaders who are consistent and predictable? In this course we’ll address those questions head on, as well as learn the difference between an unintentionally acquired leadership style (or styles) and an intentionally acquired style (or styles) … and why being intentional about enlarging one’s repertory of styles is a great leadership strategy!

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

March 15 and 22, 2019 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento
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Are there strategies we can learn in order to ‘bounce back’ after we’ve been disappointed, let down, or hurt? Turns out there is and it comes from a rather unlikely source: studies of natural ecosystems like rivers & forests, and human-made ecosystems like cities. In this course we’ll learn some of these ‘ecosystem lessons’ and discover ways we can apply these insights directly to our day-to-day lives as physicians and scientists.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

April 26 and May 3, 2019 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento)
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The human brain did not evolve to remember numbers, or statistics, or formulas, or data … the human brain evolved to remember stories! In this course we’ll learn how to tell a ‘story’ with our PowerPoint presentations of data, so that our audience leaves our presentations with a memorable ‘narrative’ in their heads of our presentation! Some familiarity with Microsoft’s PowerPoint, while not necessary to benefit from this course, will nonetheless increase the value of the course.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

June 7 and 14, 2019 (2 parts)
12:00 – 1:30 pm (lunch provided)
Location TBD (Sacramento)
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In a ‘24/7 world’ of professional responsibilities and personal obligations, it is almost impossible not to feel overwhelmed. In this course we will explore the sources of that sense of being overwhelmed and we’ll talk about some strategies to take back a measure of control over our time, both professionally and personally. We’ll also gain insight into why trying to find the perfect time management system often contributes to our feeling of being overwhelmed.

Presented by Gene Crumley, M.Div., Leadership Program Director

The date of this workshop has passed. We hope to offer it again in the future.