Manager Development

Manager Essentials @ UniSA 

Manager Essentials is one of our key development programs for managers, and is designed to support our academic and professional staff leaders to:

  • understand their roles and responsibilities as managers
  • familiarise themselves with key concepts and principles that are critical to their performance
  • receive practical information and strategies from University specialists
  • contribute to a connected community of leaders and build individual networks

In response to Enterprise 25 and participant feedback we will be offering Manager Essentials as a modular program in 2019, with new and existing managers welcome to attend any or all of the sessions. This approach will benefit both new managers to UniSA, and our existing managers interested in refreshing their knowledge and extending their networks as we navigate our new E25 environment.

In each three hour session, participants will receive information and engage in practice and discussion to acclimatise to their roles quickly and confidently - or refresh their knowledge - in the following areas:

  1. Performance Development and Management Conversations
  2. Your Workplace Safety and Wellbeing
  3. Finance and Systems for Managers

All managers are welcome to attend any or all of these sessions, though attendance at all four sessions is recommended as part of the induction activities for new managers.

Registration to any or all of the modules can be done easily by clicking the 'register here' button below each module. For further details please contact Megan de Lacy.

Summary of Workshops for Managers 2020

Workshops Date Facilitator

Leading Crucial Conversations

session is fully booked

Thursday 6 February Debra Sarre & corporate actors
Leading Others Through Change Wednesday 26 February Tracy Maxted & UniSA OD Specialist
Manager Essentials - Performance and Development (PDM) Conversations session has been cancelled Thursday 12 March UniSA PTC Professionals
Leading Others Through Change Tuesday 24 March Tracy Maxted & UniSA OD Specialist
Leading Others Through Change Thursday 30 April Tracy Maxted & UniSA OD Specialist
Manager Essentials - Finance and Systems for Managers session has been cancelled Thursday 14 May UniSA Finance Professionals 

Manager Essentials - Your Wellbeing and Safety session has been cancelled

Tuesday 16 June UniSA PTC Professionals

 

2020 Calendar

FEB
6

 

Leading Crucial Conversations 

session is fully booked

Facilitator: Debra Sarre and experienced corporate actors
Target group: Academic and Professional staff with direct reports
Date: Thursday 6 February
Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Tough conversations, including giving honest, productive feedback are often avoided. Effective leadership requires stepping into these challenging, uncomfortable or prickly conversations, yet many leaders find these conversations to be too difficult and will avoid them altogether.  Our shared human instinct is to avoid pain and discomfort at any cost, yet growth and achieving desired organisational outcomes require pushing past our current comfort zone.

This program is designed to develop the skills and confidence to engage in these conversations. Set in a comfortable and safe environment, participants are encouraged to develop communication strategies, based on best practice principles and practices, that are authentic for their own style and context. 

Please note this program has been extended to a full day so that participants are able to practice their communication strategies with professional actors.  This powerful learning experience will provide participants with objective feedback that will build their confidence for future courageous conversations.

Prior to the workshop session

  • You will undertake pre-reading – short articles to prime and focus your attention on the subject.
  • A preparation sheet will provided and you will be expected to bring some of your own workplace examples with you to work through on the day.

REGISTER HERE 

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FEB
26

Leading Others Through Change

Facilitator: Tracy Maxted & UniSA Organisational Development Specialist
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm 
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Participants will learn to develop their understanding of their own reactions to managing through change and how to support their team members as it occurs.

You will understand:

  • how people commonly react to unexpected and/or major change,
  • identify ways of managing their own reactions to the changes that will be occurring,
  • how to support their team through periods of managing change.

This session is ideally suited to managers with direct reports, however the content will be applicable to all staff whether you lead a team or not.

REGISTER HERE 

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MAR 
12

Manager Essentials - Performance and Development (PDM) Conversations

session has been cancelled

Facilitator: UniSA People, Talent and Culture Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional leaders with direct reports
Date: Thursday 12 March
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Location: AU3-03 Meeting Room, 101 Currie Street

UniSA recognises our people are our greatest asset, and we aim to provide managers with all of the tools they need to establish and lead effective performance development and management conversations.

This session provides a foundation for effective PDM conversations and will address your role as a leader within the process. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and discuss their current challenges in a safe, confidential environment, and engage in practice around the key stages of the PDM process, including:

  • The PDM cycle (prepare, meet, do, review)
  • PDM pathways (performance excellence, lifting performance and performance improvement)
  • Investing in professional development and growth
  • Crucial conversations: Addressing Challenges and the supports available for managers

This session is ideally suited to new managers who want to familiarise themselves with the process, or existing managers working through some current or upcoming difficult conversations.

REGISTER HERE 

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MAR 
24

Leading Others Through Change

Facilitator: Tracy Maxted & UniSA Organisational Development Specialist
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Wednesday 26 February
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm 
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Participants will learn to develop their understanding of their own reactions to managing through change and how to support their team members as it occurs.

You will understand:

  • how people commonly react to unexpected and/or major change,
  • identify ways of managing their own reactions to the changes that will be occurring,
  • how to support their team through periods of managing change.

This session is ideally suited to managers with direct reports, however the content will be applicable to all staff whether you lead a team or not.

REGISTER HERE 

need help registering? click here

APR
30

Leading Others Through Change

Facilitator: Tracy Maxted & UniSA Organisational Development Specialist
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Thursday 30 April
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm 
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Participants will learn to develop their understanding of their own reactions to managing through change and how to support their team members as it occurs.

You will understand:

  • how people commonly react to unexpected and/or major change,
  • identify ways of managing their own reactions to the changes that will be occurring,
  • how to support their team through periods of managing change.

This session is ideally suited to managers with direct reports, however the content will be applicable to all staff whether you lead a team or not.

REGISTER HERE 

need help registering? click here

MAY 
14

Manager Essentials - Finance and Systems for Managers

session has been cancelled

Facilitator: UniSA Finance Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Thursday 14 May
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

Budgets, planning cycles, systems abound at UniSA, and this session will provide a useful guide for managers to navigate the various processes and systems they will have contact with in their role.

In this session participants will be given the key information on the financial and systems process they will be involved in, and an opportunity to ask questions and engage in facilitated conversation on topics including:

Budgets and forecasting

Finance for managers: annual cycles, planning and systems

Procurement and travel

Understanding our people systems

What you need to know – key reports for managers and using data intelligently

This session is ideally suited to new managers wanting to familiarise themselves with the critical elements of finance and systems they are responsible for, or existing managers wanting to refresh their knowledge of new systems and processes that have recently changed or evolved.

REGISTER HERE 

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JUN
16

Manager Essentials - Your Wellbeing and Saftey

session has been cancelled

Facilitator: UniSA People, Talent and Culture Specialists
Target group: Academic and Professional staff (all levels)
Date: Tuesday 16 June
Time: 9.00am - 12.30pm
Location: AU2-02 Training Room, 101 Currie Street

UniSA is committed to the wellbeing and growth of all our people, both individually and collectively, and the wellbeing of our leaders will be a key area of focus amidst an environment of complexity and change.

Managers will have the opportunity to focus on their own wellbeing as a key tool to thrive in their role as leaders. Participants will receive practical information to effectively manage their responsibilities around:

  • safety (hazards, injuries, reporting)
  • challenging workplace behaviours
  • understanding mental health, including the supports available
  • Manager Assist – Phone based Employee Assistance Program (EAP) for managers
  • what you need to know – equity and diversity of our students and staff
  • UniSA wellbeing initiatives

REGISTER HERE 

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