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Manager redefined: invest three days to hone your skills

Do you manage people or complex programs at UCOP? Would you be interested in investing just three days to refresh your skills and become more effective at engaging your team and making change happen?

UC launched the systemwide UC Management Development program last year to hone the skills of leadership at its campuses, medical centers and other UC locations, including UCOP. The course will be offered again this spring to managers at mid-level and above who manage people or complex organizational programs.

“The entire course was very good and applicable to the work we all do at UC,” said Ellen Lorenz, director of Business Controls & Customer Service in the Retirement Administration Service Center, who took the course last year.

“The employee engagement session in particular was helpful to me,” Lorenz added. “It emphasized how to ask my direct reports what I can do to remove barriers and help them achieve their own goals as well as support the goals of the university.”

The program is designed to equip managers with the competencies, tools and resources they need to manage and engage their teams and to manage change. Learning goals include how to effectively manage operations to support the university’s mission and engage staff to maximize both individual and organizational achievement.

The three full-day sessions are centered on three core UC competencies and are scheduled one month apart. All sessions take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Franklin Lobby 1 Conference Room, as follows:

  • People Management: Wednesday, March 20
  • Employee Engagement: Tuesday, April 23
  • Making Change Happen/Influencing for Organizational Impact: Wednesday, May 15

Following completion of the three sessions, participants have the opportunity to attend a regional conference to share their knowledge and experiences with UC Management Development program graduates from across the system.

If you would like to participate or if you would like one of your managers to participate, contact Learning and Development Manager Linda Klink at by Friday, March 1. Enrollment is limited and the program will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.


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