Education Program

Lynne Greenblatt

Leading Change

Lynne Greenblatt

In today’s world, change is a given, whether in the workplace, the lab, at school, or within ACS. Regardless of your specific responsibilities, knowing how to manage change and lead others to stay focused, productive and future-oriented is essential to being a successful leader. If you are able to manage change skillfully, you will be prepared to respond to change more rapidly, and be agile in a time where change is happening at record pace.

If you are involved in shifting team priorities, changing the direction of a project, or reconfiguring teams, understanding how people react to change and how to help yourself and others effectively deal with the changes is a key to increasing your professional success.

Do you know how to respond to these common reactions to change?

  • Pushing back when a team’s goals are shifted
  • Projects stalling because of a change in direction
  • Confusion and ineffective communication due to personnel changes on a committee or project team

These and other problems can negatively impact the success of a group or project. It requires you to help others move through change by meeting reality head-on, connecting with the new vision, planning a new approach, and engaging others to join you in moving the project forward.

This four-hour course provides you with a step-wise process to lead change and guide others more effectively through the change process.

You will gain a skill that can be used daily on the job, at school, and  in projects as well as volunteer leadership roles. Specifically, learn:

  • Why we resist change.
  • A 3-step process for leading change in a team or work group.
  • How to maintain a clear vision and instill a strong sense of direction and purpose in everyone involved.
  • How to keep everyone on-track, focused on top priorities, and moving forward.
  • How best to communicate new insights into key issues, problems, and opportunities the group faces.

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

Everyone can use the skills taught in this interactive workshop. If you are involved in projects that continually change—or are soon to face changes—in direction, member involvement, and objectives, you will find this workshop valuable. If you are leading projects such as change initiatives, projects requiring working with other groups, or new initiatives that will likely experience changes in the course of completion, plan to attend this program. Leading Change provides practical tools and an approach that you can apply immediately in your work, school projects, and leadership roles.

Amber Charlebois

Collaborating Across Boundaries

Amber Charlebois

Some of the greatest achievements in science, medicine, the arts, and business have been the result of collaboration among groups of people who shared their resources, their visions, and their expertise to produce unique, innovative products and solutions to problems. Without collaboration, the potential power of sharing ideas and information is lost. Now more than ever, collaboration is the way we need to work – in teams and in larger organizations as well.

To be a highly effective partner or team member, you need to learn the core strategies and tools to make collaboration more productive. In this 4-hour hands-on facilitated course you will learn how to make collaborative decisions, develop common goals, ensure equity between what people bring and what they gain from the effort, and gain commitment, establish trust and resolve conflicts.

Collaborating Across Boundaries provides the strategies and tools to make collaboration more productive including:

  • Developing common goals
  • Ensuring equity between what individuals and groups bring and what they gain from the effort
  • Gaining commitment from individuals and groups
  • Establishing trust and resolving conflict

This workshop will provide leaders and professionals with strategies and tools they need to make collaboration across organizational boundaries both more productive and more rewarding. Leaders and individuals in professional environments, research and education, and within the Society need to be able to collaborate effectively with scientists, teams, and leaders to accomplish their objectives.

Instructional Objectives

Participants will learn:

  • The core components required to achieve successful collaboration across organizational boarders.
  • How to develop common goals that ensure collaborative efforts.
  • How to perform a “value analysis” of resource contribution, and ensure equity between what parties bring and what they gain from the collaborative effort.
  • How to identify the right people – core and adjunct team members.
  • Strategies for how to engage people, gain their commitment, and connect with their business and personal interests.
  • How to help champions emerge and develop their skills to drive the project.
  • Strategies for establishing trust and resolving conflict.

Who Should Attend This Workshop?

This workshop is designed for leaders and professionals in industry, universities and colleges, research facilities, government as well as the Society. We encourage those who are currently leading or who are planning to lead a project or initiative that will require collaboration across an organizational boundary.