Improving Communication Using Relationship Strategies

In episode 21 of Reflections on Leadership, UF Training and Organizational specialist Ronda Mitchell discusses how behavioral styles affect your ability to communicate effectively with others. By learning about these styles, we can identify our own behavioral preferences as well as those of the people we encounter every day. This knowledge helps us identify communication strengths and weaknesses (for ourselves and others) and consider how we might adapt our behaviors for more effective communication. Read More …

Leaders on Leadership: An Interview with Mike McKee

In episode 20 of Reflections on Leadership, UF Training and Organizational Development specialist Courtney Moon speaks with Mike McKee, the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of the University of Florida. Mr. McKee discusses his path to his current role, as well as a whole host of topics in the area of leadership and development. Read More …

Identifying and Avoiding Interview Biases

Most of us would not say we are biased. We consider ourselves to be objective fair-minded individuals. But the truth is many well-intentioned individuals are often influenced by their unconscious biases. In episode 13 of Reflections on Leadership, Training & Organizational Development specialist Courtney Moon discusses these unconscious biases and how to avoid them. Read More …

Advocacy

In episode 11 of Reflections on Leadership, Grants Training Manager Steve Slater discusses the competency of Advocacy. Strictly speaking, advocacy refers to the ability to adopt and actively support a cause, idea, or policy. Certainly, the ability to take a take a position and then effectively support it is an important skill, but in the context of leadership there is much more to it. Read More …

Creating a Culture of Accountability: It Begins with You

In episode 10 of Reflections on Leadership, UF Training and Organizational Development specialist Tricia Bachus shared with you the fundamental step in how leaders can build a culture of accountability in their departments, teams or work units. This is the first in a series of three podcasts related to changing workplace culture for greater results. Read More …

Creating Collaborative Projects

In episode 8 of Reflections on Leadership,Training and Organizational Development specialist Courtney Moon discusses how to create collaborative projects.

To collaborate means to work with others to achieve a common goal. It’s about working together to get better results. Collaborations occur for a number of reasons, such as, working on large scale projects and research endeavors, and they occur both inside teams as well as across different work units and disciplines. The benefits of collaboration are numerous. It produces better decisions, better results, higher quality team relationships, increased organizational learning and personal satisfaction. Read More …

A Tale of Two “Cindies” – Four Disciplines of Execution

In episode six of Reflections on Leadership, Scott Blades investigates the dos and don’ts of leadership by following two fictional professionals: Cindy Hay and Cindy Bea. By most measures, these professionals are the same. They’re the same age. They have the same amount of education and professional experience. However, CindyHay struggles as a leader while Cindy Bea thrives. Read More …

The Two Minute Challenge

Episode 3 of Reflections on Leadership, hosted by Bob Parks, Director for Training and Organizational Development for the University of Florida, discusses dealing with employee performance problems. In these situations, many managers will either underreact or overreact – and often they will do both. The two-minute challenge is a tool that many managers have found very helpful in just these types of situations. Read More …