Learning and Development over the summer break
We now take a break to plan our 2016/17 course dates, sort our Finance records, get up-to-date on the filing and all those other things that happen over the summer. (Courses scheduled for June/July are still running, we will just not be sending out newsletters during this time.)
We will be announcing our 2016/17 course dates early September, at which point booking will open. A special edition of the LDC newsletter will go out when the dates go live. Please use the booking forms/links on the course pages to book.
You may be aware of this already but just in case – some of you may be on a waiting list for one of our courses. We do not keep waiting lists over the summer. Once the last date of a course has passed, the waiting list will be ‘wiped’ and you will have the opportunity to book on the new dates at the same time as everyone else. We appreciate it is frustrating to have to re-book in the new year having been waitlisted before, however if we used waitlisting ‘across years’ then many courses would fill up before they are even published.
leadership safety and other opps
Leadership development opportunities for Academic and Professional Support staff include:
Health and Safety legislation requires employers to provide adequate health and safety training.
The LDC provides comprehensive, generic training that is available to all staff and postgraduate students and works closely to support and advice on local training tailored to specific need.
Coaching at Imperial
Working with a coach offers an in-depth confidential opportunity to explore work-based challenges with a trained coach from a different part of Imperial.
The coach supports the coachee’s thinking to help them identify goals, develop appropriate skills or strategies and feel empowered to take action. For managers it can help focus on ways of enhancing their ability to lead and communicate with others.
Mentoring at Imperial
Mentoring is a widely used development tool that has proved to have a beneficial impact in effectiveness, confidence and career advancement.
At the heart of mentoring is a relationship based on trust and mutual regard where one colleague uses their expertise and knowledge to support the development of another colleague.
Resolving differences and mediation
Difference and conflict at work can be positive – stimulating healthy debate and innovations. Sometimes it becomes negative leading to hostility, non-cooperation, loss of productivity and a stressful, atmosphere.
Training, team building and mediation (using a neutral third party) are all valuable approaches.