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Division of Human Resources Upcoming HR Programs
September 5, 2006, Volume 53, No. 2

Further your professional and personal development by taking advantage of upcoming Human Resources programs. Note that you must pre-register for all programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at top of page).

Career & Life Strategies for Baby Boomers
If you’re part of the Baby Boomer generation, the Career and Life Strategies for Baby Boomers series is designed to help you deal with the decisions and challenges you’re now facing. For more information and to register for sessions, visit the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page) or call (215) 898-3400.

Aging in Good Health—September 20; noon to 1:30 p.m.; free. What do science and medicine tell us about healthy aging? How can we apply that research to our own lives?  Kathryn Jedrziewski of Penn's Institute on Aging and her colleagues will share their insights and provide tips on what we can do now to promote our own health and physical wellbeing into our older years.

Professional and Personal Development
Take advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources!  Simply pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu (click on Course Catalog at the top of the page), or contact Learning and Education at www.hr.upenn.edu/learning or (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Abilene Paradox:September 19; noon to 1 p.m.; free. The Abilene Paradox is Dr. Jerry Harvey's classic story of poor group decision-making that demonstrates the concept of “Mismanaged Agreement.” In this video, you’ll see the concept demonstrated when all members of a family agree to a hot and dusty road trip, which no one wants, without communicating their reservations. Then you’ll see how mismanaged agreement can occur in an organizational setting, where a project that no one wants is carried forward.

Professional Development Program—Essentials of Management: Begins September 19; multiple dates with varying times; $225 fee. If you’re a Penn manager, this program can provide you with knowledge of effective management practices, applicable skills and the information needed to do your job. Offered over a five-month period, it requires approximately 30 hours of participation.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Mentors@Penn: September 27; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Mentoring provides many benefits and opportunities, whether you are a mentor or mentee. Through a mentoring relationship, you can learn and grow, increase your own job satisfaction, and focus on your professional and career goals. At this information session, you will learn more about the program and find out how to apply.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Career Check-up Workshop: September 29; noon to 1 p.m.; free. Once a year, take time out to evaluate your current job situation. Are you doing as well as you can or is there room for improvement? Are your skills current or is it time for some training and new skills development? Do you continue to find satisfaction and challenge in your job?  This workshop will help you assess your current situation and develop a plan for moving forward.

—Division of Human Resources

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