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Crucial Conversations training registration opens

ANR Learning & Development is sponsoring two “Crucial Conversations” trainings in spring 2017:

  1. Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 1-2, 2017, in Davis, at 2801 Second Street.  On Wednesday, February 1, the training is from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, February 2, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  1. Wednesday and Thursday, April 26-27, 2017, at the South Coast REC in Irvine.  On Wednesday, April 26, the training is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Thursday, April 27, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  1. You may also select “I can participate in either session” when you pre-register.

Training is open to all UC ANR academics, UC ANR staff employees, and Cooperative Extension county-paid employees who have not taken the Crucial Conversations training in the past.  All expenses related to the training (registration fee, travel, lodging, meals and training materials) will be reimbursed by UC ANR funds according to UC travel policy.

Twenty participants will be accepted for each training course.  Individuals selected to participate in the training will need to participate the full period of the training. Therefore, if you cannot commit to the full 14 hours of training, we ask that you not pre-register for the training.  We also encourage you to inform your supervisor of your interest to participate in this training.

If you are interested in the training, please pre-register by Nov. 30 at

Individuals who have pre-registered will be notified on December 9 of their acceptance to participate in the two-day training.  A waiting list of those interested but not selected to participate in the training will be established in order for the trainers to contact you should individuals cancel from the training.

“Crucial Conversations” provides tools for talking when stakes are high, emotions are strong, and opinions differ.  The objectives of the 14-hour training are to provide the participants tools that will assist the participant in:

  • Building greater personal influence and power
  • Moving “stuck” work-related relationships and projects forward
  • Improving personal, team and unit results
  • Reducing stress from team frustrations and blocked communication

Your program-certified trainers Jan Corlett and Linda Marie Manton thank you for considering participation in “Crucial Conversations” training.  If you have questions, please contact Jan Corlett at

Posted on Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 12:06 PM

Tools available to center the distracted brain

You're working on an important task to complete by day's end, then:

  • A reminder email pops up requesting you respond to a scheduling inquiry.
  • As you look at your calendar to respond to the email, a co-worker walks by and asks, "Aren't you joining us for the meeting?"
  • You rush to gather your pen and notepad and walk briskly to the meeting.
  • When you return from the meeting you settle into your task.
  • Then you read a few texts: one from your spouse reminding you to stop by the grocery store and another from a couple of friends about meeting after work to plan for a fishing trip.
  • Your respond to several more emails.
  • When you check the time you see there is only 40 minutes to rush through your task before you need to leave.

Is this scenario familiar?

ANR Learning and Development has resources to train the brain to focus. If you'd like to understand the scattered brain so you can transform it, review the following video and blog:

The Perfect 15-Minute Day (3 minutes; YouTube video)

Less-is-more blog (website)

The video and blog are produced by Pierre Khawand, founder and principal of People-OnTheGo. His best-selling “Accomplishing more in less time, less effort, and less stress” workshop enables business professionals to better cope with information overload and competing priorities. He has published “The Accomplishing More with Less Workbook,” “Accomplishing More With Google Apps,” and “The Results Curve: How to manage focused and collaborative time!”

From Scattered to Centered (47 minutes; YouTube video)

"Modern life is making all of us a little scattered and feeling anything but centered." says psychiatrist Alicia Ruelaz Maher. “I have been fascinated to watch symptoms that were hallmarks of ADHD now showing up in just about everyone. And this is because the way we are currently using technology is actually changing the ways our brains function and this is generally in a direction that causes us to be less calm and effective."

For training resources on Time and Project Management go to the ANR Learning and Development webpage: Results Orientation and Execution.

Posted on Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 11:04 AM

New Learning and Development website for ANR launches

Are you interested in acquiring a new skill? Advancing your career? Planning a career development path for yourself or guiding your direct report? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, explore the new ANR Learning and Development website to find learning opportunities and career planning tools for professional development.

Browse the catalog for instructor-led, eLearning modules or job aids on topics including

  • Affirmative Action
  • Communication Skills
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Human Resources
  • Instructional Design
  • Organizational Development
  • People Management
  • Technology

Use the Career planning tools page to learn the difference between a skill and a competency, fill out a self-assessment worksheet, and create an individual development plan (IDP). Discover learning resources and free memberships that are available to you.

“Take an interest in your career development today,” said Jodi Azulai, learning and development coordinator. “If you don't, who will?”

To get started, visit

Posted on Monday, August 22, 2016 at 8:27 AM
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