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Communicating Your Story: Blogging Basics

Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018

9 a.m.–10 a.m.

Presenters: Rose Hayden-Smith and Cynthia Kintigh

Join via Zoom: https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/564553833

(669) 900-6833 or (646) 558-8656

Webinar ID: 564 553 833

In this fast-paced webinar, we'll cover the basics of communicating your story through blogging, including:

  • Why you should blog
  • Techniques and best practices to get started…or get better
  • Crafting catchy headlines and smart ledes
  • Using images and video to enhance your posts
  • Using your blog on the ANR website and on other publishing platforms, including LinkedIn
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Participants will also be provided access to a range of resources and tools to support their blogging efforts, including samples, tip and FAQ sheets, guidelines and more. Join us at https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/564553833. This webinar will be recorded and archived on the WebANR page.

 

Call for applications to Management Skills Assessment Program

If you or your people managers are ready for a leap in professional development, we encourage applying for the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). The next program will be held April 8-11, 2019, at the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. Apply at http://msap.ucr.edu.

How does this program work?
This program assesses the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California. This program is for supervisors and managers with 1 to 5 years of people management experience who exhibit potential for management development.

Who is eligible?

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager with 1 to 5 years experience

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's 1) career goals in management, 2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and 3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.

Who pays?

ANR Learning & Development pays your expenses – program cost $1,350 plus transportation and other related travel costs.

What to expect?

  • A demanding program with assessees in activities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.
  • No time to check email or attend to work responsibilities.
  • Eat with other assessees and share small condos. 

Application instructions and further information about the program are at http://msap.ucr.edu/.  Choose UC ANR (not UC Davis) in the application.

A UC ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online at http://msap.ucr.edu by Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018.

As supervisor, you will also have a required portion in the submission for application consideration and commit to participate in the required post-program activities. 

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR learning and development coordinator, at jlazulai@ucanr.edu or (530) 750-1239.

Shannon Klisch
Klisch and Monteroza value the MSAP experience

For four days, ANR supervisors Shannon Klisch and Stephanie Monteroza shared an amazing experience at a systemwide program for UC People Managers at the gorgeous retreat grounds of the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center. The goal of the Management Assessment Skills Program (MSAP) is to address skill gaps and grow competencies that will prepare internal employees for future leadership roles in their workplaces and within the UC system.

During the April 2018 program, Klisch and Monterroza participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback from trained assessors, attended career development workshops, and connected with colleagues from throughout the UC system. Before arriving at Lake Arrowhead, they participated in pre-assessment components and will be involved post-program activities to continue their professional development.

Stephanie Monterroza
Of her experience, Klisch, a UC CalFresh nutrition education program supervisor for San Luis Obispo County, remarked, “MSAP is a unique experience where you really get to focus on your own development, using meaningful data and feedback, over several days. For me, MSAP, helped me to stop and take a breath, analyze my strengths and weaknesses, and make a plan for improvement. One of my specific goals is to improve my two-way feedback and transparency with the staff I supervise and partners I collaborate with.”

Monterroza, a UCCE nutrition supervisor in Orange and Los Angeles counties, agreed with the importance of the MSAP experience, “Attending MSAP was one of the best decisions I have made for my professional development. It was an eye-opening experience that not only helped me network with other professionals within all of UC but helped solidify my strengths and the confidence to work on my developmental areas. I encourage all managers and supervisors of all levels to take this step in learning more about yourself with the support of the MSAP program and its amazing coordinators. Thank you, UC, for providing this incredible experience!”

John Borba
MSAP cannot take place without assessors

A big THANK YOU is in order to John Borba.

John Borba, UCCE 4-H Youth Development advisor in Kern County, served as an MSAP Assessor at both the recent October program as well as in October 2016.

“The whole process is an eye opener for the assessee and the assessor,” Borba said of the experience.

The next MSAP will be held April 8-11, 2019. Contact Jodi Azulai at jlazulai@ucanr.edu if you have any questions about being an assessee or assessor.

 

 

 

 

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When: noon, Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
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Webinar ID: 963 167 636

 

SAVE THE DATE: UC ANR Programmatic Orientation

Tuesday, April 23 - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Kearney Agricultural Research & Extension Center (KARE), Parlier 

The UC ANR Programmatic Orientation will be taking place April 23 - 25, 2019. The orientation is designed to help academics jump start their programs by focusing on program design and showcasing successful projects of other ANR academics.

Who should attend: Open to all early-career UC Cooperative Extension advisors, UC Cooperative Extension specialists, academic coordinators, academic administrators and Agricultural Experiment Station faculty who were unable to attend in the past.

 

First ANR staff mentorship program starts in November

We are excited to announce that on Oct. 30 ANR commenced its first staff mentorship program — a pilot. The nine-month program is the result of the ANR Strategic Plan 2016-20 Career Development Goal.

ANR mentees represent staff from different locations, units and job titles. Mentors include administrative directors, county directors, REC superintendents, advisors, business officers, SRAs, academic coordinators and administrative managers.

The pilot will include three in-person meetings: An Orientation, StrengthFinders Workshop, and an Individual Development Plan Workshop to conclude the program. Both mentors and mentees will be asked to provide feedback during the program to help improve possible future staff mentorship programs at ANR.

Currently, an academic mentoring program is under review. 

Apply Now! UC People Manager Networking Cohort

If you are interested in being part of the ANR Supervisor Networking Cohort for 2019, please fill out this survey

Being an effective and professional people manager takes many skills and considerable development and the best people managers develop both their employees and themselves.  

One of the ways ANR people managers have been developing themselves is by completing UC People Management Series Certificate modules and participating in monthly facilitated networking calls to review what they've learned, ask other supervisors for advice, and share successes. Participants enjoy scenario-based role-playing, excellent tools, a fun and challenging group assignment, and networking.

A new cohort will form in January 2019. If you are interested, please fill out this survey. Supervisors who complete the series will be eligible to apply for the 2019 systemwide UC People Conference and preference will be given to networking cohort participants. See what our current and past participants say about the networking cohort experience:

Ron Walker, Sr. Systems Administrator, ANR IT:

Being a member of the UC People Networking Cohort has been/continues to be an extreme honor and privilege. Each member is encouraged to enjoy sharing best practices and world-class management techniques, in addition to experiencing the diverse and unique nature of our organization. All discussions are raw/unfiltered and feature real world situations/solutions while maintaining privacy and confidentiality. I always learn something new, and my opinions/contributions are welcomed and invigorated. Special thanks to Jodi and team for fostering this exceptional collection; I look forward to our continued growth and synergy.

Kari Arnold, Advisor, UCCE Stanislaus:

This management course is great! I'm happy these programs are being developed. Being relatively fresh out of graduate school, I think this course would be a great benefit for graduate students and professors as well. I encourage the participation in this training by anyone managing people, whether it be colleagues, graduate students, staff, technicians, project scientists or other. If we can build ourselves into compassionate leaders and communicators, our efforts are extended far beyond the office, lab or classroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Career catalyst lunchtime series (Zoom options!)

Check out UC Davis' Career Catalyst Lunchtime Series for wonderful lunchtime workshops. Many are available through Zoom! The following workshops are coming up this winter and spring: 

  • Transferable Talent: Thinking Outside the Box
  • Star Interview Techniques
  • Introverts at the Office
  • Informational Interviewing to Explore Careers

 

New Academic and Staff Administrative Employee Orientation

Goals are to provide opportunities to:

  • Learn about the ANR's Vision and Mission.
  • Learn about ANR structure and individual programs and units.
  • Interact with ANR leadership and directors.
  • Meet and network with new colleagues from around the state.
  • Get answers to burning questions about health benefits, AggieTravel and more.

Who should attend: All UC ANR employees (academics, staff and affiliated staff on campuses, counties and RECs) who have not participated in an administrative orientation in the past. Priority will be given to those hired by ANR within the past year.

Register here https://ucanr.edu/sites/orientations/Administrative_Orientations/Registration_-_New_Employee_Orientation_Administrative.

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Posted on Monday, October 29, 2018 at 8:04 PM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Learning and Development opportunities

Café Thursday WebANR (every third Thursday!) 

Join us on Thursday, July 19, for “Communicating Science, Creating Trust” with UC Davis News Media and Relations Specialist Katherine Kerlin:

  • Acquire an understanding of communication skills that can help build trust.
  • Learn communication techniques adaptable to a variety of audiences.
  • Learn approaches to discussing climate change with more and less receptive audiences.

https://ucanr.zoom.us/j/963167636
(646) 558-8656 or (669) 900-6833
Webinar ID: 963 167 636

Pilot mentoring program for staff coming to ANR soon!

Did you know that one of the goals of the ANR Strategic Plan 2016-20 was to establish mentoring partnerships for ANR employees? Yes, and planning is underway. Because of some differences between academic and staff mentoring objectives, Staff Human Resources and ANR Learning & Development is working on a staff mentoring program for now.

Why mentoring? Read an article How Mentoring Propelled My Career Forward posted in LinkedIn by UC President Janet Napolitano. She writes: “...find a good mentor. Look for someone who is genuinely interested in your long-term success and who will invest the time and energy to provide advice, guidance and feedback with candor.” 

Stayed tuned for more on ANR's Staff Mentoring Program!

Call for applicants: Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP)

If you or your people managers are ready for a leap in professional development, we encourage applying for the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP). Applications due date: EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, July 5, 2018

Next program

October 8-11, 2018 @ the UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center

How does this program work?
This program assesses the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California.  Discuss the program with supervisors and managers with 1-5 years of people management experience who exhibit potential for management development.

When are Applications due?

EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, July 5, 2018

Who is eligible?

Eligibility requirements include: 

  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager with 1-5 years' experience

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's (1) career goals in management, (2) level of skills essential for performing management functions, and (3) demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development.

Who pays?

ANR Learning & Development pays (program cost $1350 PLUS transportation and other related travel costs)!  

What to expect?

  • A demanding program with assessees in activities from 8 am until 8 pm.
  • No time to check email or attend to work responsibilities.
  • Eat with other assessees and share small condos. 

Application instructions and further information about the program are at http://msap.ucr.edu/. Choose UC ANR (not UC Davis) in the application.

A UC ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online at http://msap.ucr.edu/ by EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, July 5, 2018

As supervisor, you will also have a required portion in the submission for application consideration and commit to participate in the required post-program activities. 

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR Learning and Development Coordinator, at jlazulai@ucanr.edu.

Got Facilitation?

Have you ever participated in or led a meeting that was not effective or where it was not clear why you were meeting?  That is where facilitation training comes in. An effective facilitator is a meeting architect who can help plan and/or lead a meeting so that desired goals are achieved.

Are you in need of a facilitator for your next meeting? Through various courses, ANR has graduated many people with training in facilitation. There are ANR Facilitators willing to help you with your next meeting.

In fact, in May a group of 17 ANR people participated in a Collaborative Facilitation Course instructed by Kim Ingram, Susie Kocher, and Linda Manton.

In this course participants learned how to

  • Help a group free itself from internal obstacles so they may more effectively accomplish goals
  • Guide a group to identify ways to respond to challenges, while maintaining safety and trust among the members
  • Bring in processes to help the team achieve its charge

ANR Learning & Development hopes to support another Collaborative Facilitation course in FY18-19, so keep posted!

 

Posted on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 8:22 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Learning and development update

New Employee Administrative Orientation

The New Employee Administrative Orientation introduces statewide programs, focuses on administrative units and services and provides an overview of ANR structure, vision and mission. Register here. Staff and academics hired since November 2016, please join us! 

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
10 a.m.- 3 p.m.
UC ANR Building in Davis
2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618

Interest survey: Winter 2018 UC Performance Management Networking Cohort

Fill out this interest survey if you wish to be considered for the Winter 2018 UC Performance Management Networking Cohort.

Audience: People managers who want to or have completed the UC Performance Management Certificate (via UC Learning Center). There are 10 required and 4 elective modules to complete to earn the certificate. Each module takes from 30 to 45 minutes. (Browse course titles and codes here).

You'll meet for a facilitated call once a month for 10 months to share:

  • Tools used from the UC People Management course and how they are affecting positive change
  • Guidance for challenges or issues in engagement, productivity, or communication
  • Homework assignments from the course

People who complete the course by June 2018 will be eligible to apply for funds to attend the second annual UC People Management Conference in August 2018. See last year's conference website.

What are current participants saying?

Through the online modules and discussions, I have learned about new methods to engage employees in their own performance and career development. Recently, I used one of these methods to address an employee performance issue, which resulted in the employee identifying the issue and coming up with solutions to improve their performance. I would recommend the series to anyone that manages people – whether they are new to supervising or not. – Karina Macias, nutrition program manager, UC Cooperative Extension Fresno County

Petr Kosina (far right) poses with his UC MSAP cohort.

Management Skills Assessment Program

Petr Kosina, UC IPM people manager, attended the October 2017 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead. The goal of MSAP is to address skill gaps and grow competencies that will prepare people managers for future role opportunities in their UC workplaces.

During the four-day program, Kosina participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback from assessors, attended a career development workshop, and connected with UC systemwide colleagues. Before they arrived, they participated in pre-assessment components and will be involved post-program activities to continue their professional development.

As a testimonial to his experience, Kosina shared, “I enjoyed working in my group, which consisted of people from five different UC campuses and different areas of work (lab management, procurement, maintenance, communications). The one-on-one meetings with the assessor helped me to get a different perspective, self-reflect on the 360-survey outcome, and plan for my continued development as a supervisor. I especially recommend this program to new supervisors.”

Jona Pressman
But MSAP would not happen without UC assessors and a big THANK YOU is due to Jona Pressman, nutrition education program manager, UCCE Butte County. Pressman was assigned three MSAP assessees for whom she provided feedback and coaching during the program.

“Serving as an MSAP assessor for the first time was a challenging but rewarding experience," Pressman said. "I found the program to be intensely fast-paced and filled with a myriad of activities throughout each day and evening. I learned and practiced MSAP observation and feedback techniques from the onset. I was surprised how quickly I established a rapport with my assigned assessees using the MSAP tools and techniques. Since returning from MSAP, I have already used the communication feedback techniques I practiced so intensely while serving as an assessor for MSAP.”

If you are interested in becoming an assessor and helping ANR serve this UC systemwide initiative for upward mobility, please contact Jodi Azulai at jlazulai@ucanr.edu. Academics can add the assessor service to their merit and promotion package.

The next MSAP will be held April 23-26, 2018.

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Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 11:59 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

Apply for UC Management Skills Assessment Program

Staff and academic people managers, are you ready for a leap in your management development? If yes, we encourage you to apply to the Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) by Wednesday, Jan. 18.

This program is designed to assess the management skills of high potential, early career supervisors and managers for future leadership opportunities at the University of California. The next MSAP will be April 17-20, 2017, at the UCLA Conference Center in Lake Arrowhead.

Two seats for the spring 2017 MSAP program are available for UC ANR employees.

Eligibility requirements include

  • Full-time career status with a current, satisfactory (or better) performance evaluation
  • Career Tracks job classification as a supervisor or manager

Participants will be selected based on an evaluation of the applicant's career goals in management, level of skills essential for performing management functions, and demonstrated career path and/or strong commitment to management skill development. The supervisor of the applicant is also required to complete a supporting statement as part of the application process and commit to participate in the required post-program activities. 

The cost for the program is $1,095 (including all program materials and room and board for three days and two nights). This does not include transportation or other related travel costs. ANR will cover the cost of the program (including eligible travel expenses) for the successful applicants.

Participants can expect a demanding program of activities from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. each day, with no time in between to check email or attend to work responsibilities. Assessees also eat with other assessees and share small condos.

Application instructions and further information about the program are at http://msap.ucr.edu/.  For affiliation, chooseUC ANR in the application. A UC ANR committee will review all applications and make the final selection. Completed applications must be submitted online at http://msap.ucr.edu by Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2017. Supervisors also must complete a required section in the submission for application consideration. 

For more information, contact Jodi Azulai, ANR learning and development coordinator, at jlazulai@ucanr.edu.

Comments from MSAP participants

Vanessa Kenyon
Vanessa Kenyon

Nutrition Education Program Manager, UCCE Sacramento

MSAP brought to awareness things right under the surface that I could not pinpoint. I received confirmation on things I already knew about myself and areas I was grappling and how to hone in on these areas to make modifications to get a better response. I found MSAP to be a unique experience that brings together its people and talents while creating a space for deeper reflection, awareness and collective synergy. I was reminded just how vast and wide our spectrum of experience and knowledge truly is. It was a wonderful experience.

Rob Bennaton
Rob Bennaton

County Director, UCCE Alameda

MSAP helped me with goal setting, prioritizing, communication skills and gradually increasing efficiency. It also provided a greater context of the Country Director's role from a leadership perspective in team building.

MSAP cannot take place without Assessors. A big THANK YOU to Tunyalee Martin, associate director for UC IPM Communications, who said:

Tunyalee Martin
I was impressed by the MSAP assessees' communication and team skills, and ability to adapt and think on their feet. They were truly committed to going through the process and learning from the program. As a first time assessor, I felt welcomed and supported by my trainers to enable the learning process. What I wasn't prepared for was the intensity of each activity and how quickly the program went!  As a 2013 graduate of the MSAP program, I learned about myself and gained confidence as I worked through the activities. Being able to give back to the program was exceptionally rewarding. I feel fortunate to be able to experience MSAP again and I'm looking forward to next time.

Middle managers can become MSAP assessors

Assessors learn to observe and provide constructive feedback. They benefit in multiple ways:

  • Receive intensive practice using a feedback method that promotes effective interaction with employees and sound management
  • Contribute to the retention, growth, and development of University employees
  • Expanded contact and collaboration with other University managers committed to professional excellence
  • Develop greater self-awareness themselves
  • Expand their own professional networks across UC beyond their individual location
  • Learn better management practices from assessor training and from new colleague

Help UC ANR serve this systemwide initiative for upward mobility in the UC system. Academics may add the assessor service to their merit and promotion package. For information on how to become an assessor, contact Jodi Azulai at jlazulai@ucanr.edu.

 

Posted on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 10:34 AM
  • Author: Jodi Azulai

MSAP helps managers hone their leadership skills

Jaci Westbrook
Two ANR employees attended the April 2016 Management Skills Assessment Program (MSAP) at the UCLA Conference Center at Lake Arrowhead. Jaci Westbrook, community education supervisor for the UC CalFresh program in Stanislaus County, and Jim Downing, executive editor for California Agriculture journal, were selected for the professional development.

The goal of MSAP is to address skill gaps and grow competencies that will prepare people for future management opportunities in their UC workplaces.

During the four-day program, Westbrook and Downing participated in simulated UC management scenarios, received behavioral feedback from MSAP assessors, attended a career development workshop and connected with colleagues from throughout the UC system.

Before they arrived, Westbrook and Downing participated in pre-assessment activities and will be involved post-program activities to continue their professional development.

Jim Downing
Both participants reported positive experiences with the program.

“Being able to participate in the Managerial Skills Assessment Program was very intense,” Westbrook said. “However, it was also positively amazing. I'm extremely thankful to be given an opportunity to focus on my professional skills that are necessary as I continue to grow as a manager. Being in a beautiful location, dedicating time for professional growth away from the day-to-day duties, and connecting with other UC managers permitted me reflection and access to mindfulness on how I will use the experience after the assessment program. The positive coaching and feedback makes the program unique. I recommend all managers take part in MSAP.”

Downing expressed similar sentiments. “It was an intense and enlightening experience,” he said. “It has already made me a better manager. It was also a great opportunity to make connections with campus-based managers and spread the word about ANR's work.”

John Borba
Jodi Azulai, ANR learning and development coordinator, credits much of the success of the MSAP to the assessors – people who provide participants with feedback about their strengths and areas to develop – who also serve as mentors to program participants after the program.

“A big THANK YOU is due John Borba, 4-H Youth Development advisor from UCCE in Kern County,” Azulai said. “John served for three very full days as the ANR assessor this April, as well as taking the assessor training.”

“It was a mind-expanding experience for the assessees and the assessor,” Borba said. “It also reinforced to me that some of the issues they need to address are also issues I personally need to address.”

The next MSAP will be held Oct. 10-13, 2016. Application announcements will be made in early June. We strongly recommend that department heads, unit leaders and directors discuss the program with supervisors and managers who exhibit potential for management development and encourage them to apply.

Posted on Monday, May 16, 2016 at 6:19 PM

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