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Ujima Donalson

A Note from Ujima Donalson,
POD Director

With spring on the horizon, things are warming up across the University as we delve deeper into the new year and prepare for the second half of the academic year.

Continued economic challenges have become the status quo, so for many of us the nature of the game now is making the most of what we have. As we turn our attention toward maximizing our own resources, I am delighted to announce that POD will be offering webinars starting spring quarter. POD Webinars will provide a new, highly efficient way for you and your team members to pursue training and development at the UW. Read more

You're Invited: POD Leadership Preview on March 8

Let's catch up! POD Director Ujima Donalson invites you to the UW Tower Auditorium on Thursday, March 8, from 2 – 3:30 p.m. for an introduction to our new POD Webinars and an overview of a team performance survey POD is now offering. There will also be time for questions and for connecting with POD consultants and colleagues from across the University. Beverages and light refreshments will be served. Although all are welcome to attend, this event will be targeted to leaders and other key decision makers.

Registration is encouraged. Please reserve your spot by February 27.

"In a time- and attention-starved workplace, a well-planned, well-presented, and well-executed webinar can provide condensed packets of knowledge that can be easily digested and readily applied."
~ Pierre Khawand

Introducing POD Webinars

Starting this spring, POD expands training options by adding webinars to our suite of offerings. POD Webinars provide another avenue for training and development for busy managers and staff, for UW employees working in remote locations, and for those seeking alternatives to classroom training.

Each quarter, about ten POD Webinars will be offered to UW employees. Presented through a partnership with content provider People-OnTheGo, the webinars will focus on productivity in the workplace and on areas that are integral to peak productivity, including communication, effective processes, and technology. Read more

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.”
~ James Humes

Spring 2012 POD Webinars

The following POD Webinars are debuting this spring. Access our website for dates, times, descriptions, and registration. These webinars range from a single 40-minute session up to three 90-minute sessions.

  • Accomplishing More With Less, $115
  • Business Writing for Success, $90
  • Creating Compelling Presentations, $50
  • Microsoft Excel 2010 Techniques, $65
  • Managing and Organizing Your Inbox in Outlook 2010, $65
  • Microsoft Office 2010 Tips & Tricks (Crash Course), $65
  • Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 Techniques, $65
  • Microsoft Word 2010 Techniques, $65
  • Stress Management, $75

“Precision of communication is important, more important than ever, in our era of hair trigger balances, when a false or misunderstood word may create as much disaster as a sudden thoughtless act.”
~ James Thurber

Team Performance Surveys
Renée Hanson, University Consulting Alliance Manager

In this era of limited resources, the work of teams is vital to our success. Unfortunately, our performance review system focuses on individuals, and managers and teams don't have a reliable method to assess the performance of the whole team. As business writer Peter Drucker has said, "What gets measured gets managed." Therefore, if we're not measuring team performance, we are powerless to manage it. I hope you will join us at the POD Leadership Preview on March 8 to learn more about a new instrument POD is using that can help UW leaders measure—and manage—team performance.

“The number one benefit of information technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn't think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.”
~ Steve Ballmer

Ask An Expert: Why Webinars
Pierre Khawand, Founder and Principal, People-OnTheGo

Q. How can a webinar compete with an in-person training?

Let me say this straight-up: there is no substitute for the in-person training experience! The fact is that webinars are not meant to replace in-person training. But in a time- and attention-starved workplace, a well-planned, well-presented, and well-executed webinar can provide condensed packets of knowledge that can be easily digested and readily applied.

Also, webinars leverage subject-matter expertise wherever it happens to be and then deliver that expertise to people wherever they happen to be—a supervisor in Seattle, an administrator in Tacoma, a research scientist on a vessel in the middle of the Pacific, or anyone else with a computer with an Internet connection. Read more

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