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Ujima Donalson

A Note from Ujima Donalson,
POD Director

No matter where we work or what we do at the University, most of us are affected by the ebbs and flows of the academic calendar. With (relatively) warm days finally upon us, we may find deadlines a tad less pressing, workloads a touch lighter, and schedules a bit looser.

But even as we engage in our favorite summertime activities, many of us also start to plan for and ponder the coming academic year. This kind of thinking—reflective, meditative—always feels good to me. At times when we might feel slightly less pressured or overworked, I think our minds are open to more possibilities. We can more easily weigh a variety of options, consider the big picture, and contemplate the long-term.

With that in mind, I'd like to plant a few seeds for the coming months. Read more

“Leadership is the capacity to translate vision into reality.”
~ Warren G. Bennis

Facilitator's Notes
on SLP Level 2

Following are excerpts from an interview with SLP Level 2 facilitator Renée Hanson, also a senior consultant in POD and manager of POD's University Consulting Alliance. Hanson is looking forward to offering SLP Level 2 again in the coming academic year.

How did you get started with the SLP Level 2 Leadership Agility Series?

After attending a related conference workshop in October 2009, I began studying the leadership agility model developed by Bill Joiner and Stephen Josephs. I quickly realized how incredibly useful Joiner and Josephs' framework could be for UW leaders, both for thinking about leading in this time of ambiguity and rapid change and for developing the needed skills. Read more

“While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.”
~ Benjamin Franklin

UW Leaders' Perspectives
on SLP Level 2

Following are several UW leaders' thoughts about the SLP Level 2 Leadership Agility Series, in their own words. All have attended multiple sessions in the series.

Jeneil M. Lagassé, Manager of Financial Operations, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

I had a very positive experience when I participated in Level 1 of the Strategic Leadership Program, and the title of the SLP Level 2 Leadership Agility Series caught my attention because of my involvement in our departments' "support services reorganization." We are creating a new department culture that gives us latitude to create new procedures and systematic tools while meeting our audit and compliance requirements.

The people I have met at the first three sessions of the SLP Level 2 series are going through similar organizational review and changes. Read more

“Leadership agility is directly analogous to organizational agility: It's the ability to take wise and effective action amid complex, rapidly changing conditions.”
~ Bill Joiner & Stephen Josephs

POD Lowers Rates

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve lowered the hourly rate for our internal consultants: Ujima Donalson, Renée Hanson, Amy Hawkins, and Susan Templeton. Our rate proposal was approved by Management Accounting and Analysis in early July, and as a consequence we can now offer internal consulting at $185 per hour, which is a savings of $15 per hour. Also, starting autumn quarter, we’ll be cutting the registration fees for our training classes an average of 8.5%.

As a recharge center, POD will continue to monitor and adjust our rates to reflect actual revenue and expenditures. In the meantime, we’re delighted to be able to pass these savings on to leaders and staff at the University!

“Both perspectives—worm’s-eye and bird’s-eye—have virtues and pathologies. But they should be vantage points, not fixed positions.… Effective leaders zoom in and zoom out.”
~ Rosabeth Moss Kanter

Ask an Expert:
Descriptors for Professional
Staff Positions
By Sherrie Thissell, Senior HR Compensation Consultant for Health Sciences, UW Human Resources

What exactly are the descriptors and why were they created?

In the past, information describing the type of work assigned to professional staff payroll titles wasn't readily available. To address this problem, the HR Compensation Office created nearly 50 professional staff payroll title series descriptors that can be accessed online.

How are the descriptors useful for me as a manager?

The descriptors are a tool for helping you select the best payroll title as part of the hiring process or as part of a position review. The descriptors are already helping to increase efficiency within HR, and we anticipate it will do the same for leaders across the UW.

But the usefulness of the descriptors doesn't stop there. Read more

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