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HR: Upcoming Programs
December 16, 2008, Volume 55, No. 16

Professional and Personal Development

Improve your skills and get ahead in your career by taking advantage of the many development opportunities provided by Human Resources! You can pre-register for programs by visiting the online Course Catalog at www.hr.upenn.edu/coursecatalog/default.aspx or by calling Learning and Education at (215) 898-3400.

Brown Bag Matinee—The Abilene Paradox. January 15; noon–1 p.m.; free. Have you ever said “yes” to a proposed group decision when you really wanted to say “no”? This video will show you how common—and costly—it is to support group plans that you really don’t believe in. You’ll also learn how to create a work environment where people are free to disagree and encouraged to voice their true opinions.

Franklin Covey’s FOCUS. January 21; 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; $75. When you have competing priorities and multiple deadlines, how do you know that at the end of the day you’ve accomplished not just some things, but the right things? This program will help you focus on how you spend your time. You’ll learn how to identify and concentrate on your top priorities, set goals that align with your most important objectives, effectively manage information, and reduce stress.

Unlocking the Secrets of the Penn Library. January 22; noon–1:30 p.m.; free. Discover the ways the Library can work for you. Learn how to access over 10,000 electronic journals and reference sources, get personalized research assistance, or simply take out the latest New York Times bestseller. This session includes a 30-minute walking tour of Van Pelt Library. Participants are welcome to attend just the informational session.

Career Focus Brown Bag—Growing in Place. January 30; noon–1 p.m.; free. This workshop will teach you strategies for capitalizing on the opportunities available to you in your current job. You’ll learn about ways to grow on the job so you don’t outgrow the job, how to set goals for yourself in your current role, how to work with your manager to utilize all of your skills, and when and why to consider lateral moves.

HR Winter Break Schedule

The holidays are here, which means the Division of Human Resources will be closed Thursday, December 25 through Friday, January 2, for the Special Winter Vacation. However, some of our resources will still be available; see www.hr.upenn.edu/




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