What’s new?
“Thriving as a Manager at Berkeley” is a brand new series of exclusive workshops custom-designed to support you in your manager role.

What’s it about?
Managers have let us know they need more support and guidance. In response, we developed this program to give you the tools and approaches needed to navigate an environment that is going through unprecedented change. Here at UC Berkeley we are facing the transition of senior administration, retirement of key staff at all levels, rapidly evolving operational tools and significant budget reductions, amongst many other factors.

How will it help me?
The program is designed to support you by:

  • Strengthening networks and collaboration among leaders and managers.
  • Building capabilities to lead others and manage effectively, in areas such as managing through change, building trust, and innovative problem solving.
  • Helping managers feel supported and more engaged with the larger goals of the organization.

How does it work?
This will be an interactive program that presents cutting edge ideas from UC faculty and other thought leaders, combined with a strategic view of the organization by senior UC leaders.  Facilitated conversations with peers will then look at how to apply these ideas to real campus scenarios. The initial offering will be a series of 4 workshops spaced throughout the remainder of the calendar year.  

Who can attend?
This program will be open to managers with titles M1-M4 and SMG. We are able to accommodate up to 100 people for the first workshop.

Up Next:

Unlocking the Power of Growth Mindsets for Individuals, Teams, and Organizations

Professor Laura Kray (bio linked below), UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business, will lead us in this fascinating look into growth mindsets. The concept of mindsets, which comprise the underlying set of beliefs and assumptions about human nature that guide behavior, has taken the world by storm. Whereas fixed mindsets are characterized by a belief that human potential is limited and static; growth mindsets are characterized by a belief that hard work and effort are the primary drivers of performance.

 Laura will be joined by Jo Mackness, the Interim AVC of HR, to look at this topic from both an internal and external lens. This seminar will examine the widespread effects of mindsets on how individuals, teams, and organizations perform. Mindsets are important because they drive learning, collaboration, and innovation. Based on groundbreaking research, Laura will identify the conditions under which mindsets help or hinder problem solving, the transmission of critical information between team members, and the creation of workplaces characterized by psychological safety and high ethical standards. We will also link mindsets to the culture of organizations, which influences employee engagement, satisfaction, and turnover. Attendees will gain self-awareness about their leadership mindset and develop tools for cultivating a growth mindset in themselves, their teams, and their organizations. 

Following the session, we will post the video segment of Laura’s talk, as well as related articles, and media clips on the Wisdom Cafe. We will also start a discussion thread on Manager Musings to help you share your questions, thoughts and ideas.

Details and how to sign up

Date: Wednesday June 7th, 2017
Time: 9:00am-12:00pm
Place: Bancroft Hotel

To register for Unlocking the Power of Growth Mindsets click on this link: http://bit.ly/2pv8cdy

Read Laura Kray’s bio here

Future session topics (specific dates will be sent and posted as soon as confirmed)

Innovative Problem-Solving: September 2017

Building Strong Trust-Based Relationships: November/December 2017

Previous Sessions

Managing Through Transition: Looking In and Looking Out - We had a very successful kick-off to our new program “Thriving as a Manager at Berkeley” with about 100 managers participating! Homa Bahrami, a Senior Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, started us off interviewing Carol Christ, our Interim Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost… Read more...


For further information, contact Inette Dishler at idishler@berkeley.edu

Thriving as a Manager at Berkeley was last modified: April 26th, 2017 by Sophie-Marie Prime