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CAPE Offers a Unique Opportunity for SMU Managers

SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE) is offering limited spots in their upcoming Boss Boot Camp series to be hosted on the main SMU Campus at no charge for SMU Managers.

From the CAPE website:  Being a manager is more than managing budgets and doing performance reviews – it is also being able to effectively engage employees to work towards a common goal. Successful managers pull from a wide range of skills, including interpersonal communication, conflict resolution, budgeting and team-building. Whether you’re a brand-new supervisor or a more experienced manager, SMU’s Boss Boot Camp will give you the confidence, knowledge and skills you need to grow your management abilities and hone your soft skills in a low-risk environment. Upon successful completion of this eight-week program, you will receive the SMU Certificate of Supervision Best Practices.

To ensure we  are good partners with  CAPE and that the opportunity continues, you should commit to attending all sessions, completing any assigned work, and being an active participant in  conversations.

Learn more about the Boot Camp sessions and dates

Contact the CAPE office to commit – first come, first enrolled for available seats!  Email Karoline Staton at kestaton@smu.edu.

Professional Development as a Tool to Connect With and Retain Your Employees

Professional development, when properly utilized, helps organizations attract and retain top talent, increase employee engagement and satisfaction, and boost innovation within the team.  When a manager supports and encourages professional development, employees are more likely to translate their knowledge into team success.

What can you do to ensure your employees are growing in the ways that support your team’s goals?

1. Make professional development part of your regular conversations

manageManagers should include professional development as part of their regular goal setting conversations to ensure any gaps in hard (the “what” they do) or soft skills (“how” they do it) are identified and managed before they become an issue.   Asking the employee to look for ways to close the gap (through workshops, readings, job shadowing, cross functional teams, etc..) encourages employee ownership of the learning.  Additionally assessing a team’s needs and having the team identify ways to fill the gap encourages employees supporting each other toward success.

2. Create opportunities for your employees to share and learn from others

team5People enjoy learning from others. Finding ways to allow those with expertise share their knowledge or skill with others fosters collaborative environments and strong connections. This can be as simple as bringing the team together to hear what a team member learned in a workshop or conference session or to discuss a book they just read.

3. Share your own experiences about your professional growth

team4Help your team understand how you got to your current role and where you hope to be in the future. Your team will learn that you value growth and development and, if you are candid, will be more likely to discuss their own concerns and take advantage of opportunities to get better.

Regular conversations about personal goals and professional development shows your employees that you care, that you support them, and that you encourage their personal success.

Professional Development resources available at SMU:

HR Professional Development Workshops: open to all employees, free of charge

HR Manager Lunch and Learn Series:  pop up sessions on topics that matter in the moment

SMU Manager Orientation Program:  open to all newly hired, current, and aspiring managers; also free of charge

Total Orientation Process for New Employees:  supporting new employees during their probationary period of employment

Tuition Benefits Program: available for regular benefits-eligible employees, their spouse, and dependents

IT Training:  open to all employees, free of charge

Lynda.com:  online learning offered via SMU OIT and available for all employees

SMU Continuing and Professional Education (CAPE):  offering an SMU employee discount.  Call or email for specifics.

SMU Cox Executive Education Professional Development: Friends and Family Discount of 50% off all Programs for Individuals, including  the Summer Business Institute.

Manager Workshop Supporting the SMU Performance Review Process

Performance Management:
Goal Setting Check-in Session

Are you hosting impactful meetings with your direct reports to create development goals that will take your team to the next level?

Are you supporting their development with meaningful feedback that either encourages or course corrects required core competencies?


Join us for a review of goal-setting best practices and ways to share  feedback that guides your employees in the direction you need them to go to ensure everyone is on the path to meaningful performance review sessions in 2017! 

July 27, 2016 8:30 – 9:30 am HR Training Room, Expressway Tower, Room 208
August 1, 2016 1:00 – 2:00 pm Perkins Admin Bldg (PAB),
Room 311

 Facilitator:  Mary Stall, Organizational Effectiveness

Enroll Now via my.SMU>Self Service>Learning and Development>Request Training Enrollment.  Search by course name, Perf Mgmt Goal Setting, or by course code HRPMGS        


Manager Orientation – Don’t Miss These Opportunities to Complete the Program

SMU offers the New Manager Orientation Program for:

  • Newly hired staff members who supervise others
  • Current staff or faculty promoted to a managerial position
  • Current staff and faculty managers who wish to participate
  • Staff and faculty members aspiring to future management positions

managersNewly hired staff members who supervise others or current staff members promoted to a managerial position are required to complete the program. Staff or faculty members who aspire to management and wish to take courses may enroll as well.

Required Workshops:

Legal and Risk Management for Managers March 31 10:00am-12:00pm

SMU is committed to a strong and active risk management program which includes appropriately managing contracts entered into on behalf of the University. Knowing the resources and programs available to manage risk at SMU, as well as the appropriate procedures to follow when risk is encountered, will support the University’s goal of creating a safe and healthy environment for all employees.

Workplace Diversity Issues for Managers April 123:00pm-5:00pm

A solid working knowledge of SMU’s policies and procedures will help promote a healthy workplace, free of discrimination, that will not subject the University and its managers to liability. In addition, you will learn how to provide effective defenses to meritless claims.

Introduction to HR:  the next regularly scheduled session will be in the Fall of 2016.

Elective Workshops:

Managing and Coaching for High Performance March 22 1:00pm-5:00pm

Learn how to encourage employees to strive for excellence and take more pride and ownership in their work. Discover the five steps to creating an environment for success and then encourage the talents of your staff to grow.

Speed of Trust March 29 1:00pm-5:00pm

Learn about the 13 behaviors common in high-trust organizations and how these behaviors can increase both productivity and employee engagement on your team.

5 Choices April 6 9:00am-5:00pm

In today’s world, there is a greater abundance of opportunity for both organizations and individuals to accomplish extraordinary goals. However, all too often, the demands of our jobs, coupled with the barrage of information coming at us from so many sources (e.g. texts, emails, reports, tweets, blogs, web-sites, etc.) is overwhelming, exhausting and distracting. If we react to these stimuli we may fail to accomplish the things that matter most in our professional and personal lives.  The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity provides you with tools that help you re-assign significant amount of time and energy on your most important goals – both inside and outside of work.

Employee Relations Essentials April 7 9:00am-11:00am

Pre-Requisite:  Managing and Coaching for High Performance

Attendance in this workshop will acquaint managers with the tools and resources available to them to manage employee performance, as well the policy and procedures that support a manager in holding an employee accountable for job performance.

Read about additional Professional Development Workshops (link to PDW blog post)

Questions?  Email us at DevelopU@smu.edu