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Online Training Modules

PROMISED online training modules focus on management and leadership skills. Fellows will choose 6 modules over the course of the fellowship in competency areas they desire to develop to become a better leader and mentor to scientists from diverse backgrounds. Each module lasts 4 weeks, with a time commitment of 2-3 hours per week. In addition, fellows will attend a weekly web conference on Fridays 2-3:30 PM Eastern Time.


"I really got to learn more about myself and “what I want to be when I grow up”."

—Tanea Reed, Phd - Eastern Kentucky University, PROMISED Fellow


Module

Corresponding Competency

Month

Instructor

Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses

Leadership and multidisciplinary teamwork

June

Dr. Brian Primack

Understanding Academia

Leadership, ethics, and professional development

July

Dr. Doris Rubio

Leading Your Research

Leadership

August

Dr. Seyed Mehdi Nouraie

Strategic Planning

Leadership

September

Dr. Shanta Zimmer

Difficult Conversations

Oral communication and management

October

Dr. Esa Davis

Creating a Five-Year Plan

Leadership and written communication

November

Dr. Doris Rubio

Leading Diverse Teams

Leadership and multidisciplinary teamwork

January

Dr. Seyed Mehdi Nouraie

Time Management

Management

January

Dr. Shanta Zimmer

Managing Others

Management and leadership

February

Dr. Shanta Zimmer

Setting the Culture

Professional norms

March

Dr. Brian Primack

Executive Shadowing

Leadership, management, and oral communication

April

Dr. Doris Rubio

Understanding the Code

Oral communication and professional development

April

Dr. Jeannette South-Paul





Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses

We all have things at which we excel and others for which we experience challenge. We will begin this module by engaging in a standardized, validated interactive assessment that will help us understand some of our personal strengths and weaknesses. We will then experience 6 case-based scenarios, each of which focuses on a situation commonly encountered as a leader in academic medicine (e.g., negotiations with supervisors, challenges involved with grant and manuscript acceptance, and maintenance of strong collaborations). Ensuing group discussions will focus on how to most effectively approach these scenarios given one’s personal tendencies, strengths, and weaknesses. Particular attention will be paid to creatively working with weaknesses, leveraging strengths, and the powerful solution of transforming a perceived weakness into strength.

Prerequisites: Participants should be motivated to address weaknesses to be more effective and achieve more of their goals. They should also be motivated to leverage their strengths.

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Understanding Academia

Have you ever wondered what happens in the dean’s office, what your department chair’s vision and priorities are, and what tensions and decisions the leadership of your organization face? Have you seen budget allocations and cuts and wondered how those decisions were made? In this module, you’ll learn about organizational structures, leadership styles, role expectations, and budgets, and discuss what they mean for you. With a more explicit understanding of how academia works, you’ll be better positioned both to manage your own career and to guide your mentees through theirs.

Prerequisites: None.

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Leading Your Research

Do you feel you are not as visible as you deserve to be in your scientific community? Having a successful research career requires you to lead and manage research projects, secure grants, publish, engage stakeholders in your scholarly activities, and develop your personal skills. But it also requires the ability to promote your research, both to your institution and the broader public. In this module, you’ll learn how to get recognition for your research, make your team more visible, and help your mentees follow this path.

Prerequisites: Participants should have research experience. We recommend taking the Managing Others module prior to this module.

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Strategic Planning

The difference between a leader and a follower is the ability to set the course and think strategically. All of us want to be the types of leaders who inspire others with their vision and set a clear path to achieve goals. This module will focus on defining mission, vision and goals and learning how to apply strategic planning to a achieve goals. We will use examples from business organizations to explain concepts and also to model organizational or center strategies. You will learn how to help mentees explore their own visions and develop strategies.

Prerequisites: None.

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Difficult Conversations

Why are some conversations more difficult than others? Or what makes a conversation difficult? Many of you have had or will need to have a difficult conversation at some point in your career. The ability to develop effective professional relationships relies on your ability to effectively communicate, particularly when there are issues or problems. This session is for those of you who want to understand what makes conversations difficult and learn strategies that can enable you to feel more confident in having difficult conversations and have better outcomes from them. During this module, you will develop strategies and skills that will help you successfully navigate through difficult conversations and be able to help mentees do the same. We’ll examine examples of common difficult conversations that occur in the work place and discuss difficult conversations you’ve experienced.

Prerequisites: None.

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Creating a Five-Year Plan

Planning for your future can be intimidating, but it's nonetheless essential. In this module, we will break down the steps to career planning. You will identify your goals and identify the steps needed to meet those goals. You will create a strategic plan so that you can accomplish those goals. You'll complete the module by initiating the first step in your plan. Feedback from all participants will help you refine your plans and strengthen their implementation.

Prerequisites: None.

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Leading Diverse Teams

The workforce is increasingly diverse and so are research teams. But is diversity more of a threat or an opportunity for your team? Making the most of a diverse team requires recognizing and valuing differences and utilizing them as a resource to improve team performance. It requires demonstrating inclusive leadership. In this module, you will learn how to increase self-awareness of diversity and how to manage diverse teams. We will consider practical examples and discuss how to change threats to opportunities on diverse team.

Prerequisites: Taking the Difficult Conversations module prior to this module is recommended.

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Time Management

Do you find that there just aren’t enough hours in the day? Managing our own time can be challenging, let alone helping our mentees manage theirs. This module allows you to build new time management strategies and share ideas with other learners about tips and tools to help become more efficient, effective and satisfied with the way you spend your time. Using self-assessments, reflection and “experiments” with time management strategies, you will identify areas for improvement that will lead to enhanced work-life balance. We will also discuss the ways in which risk of burnout can be impacted by things such as autonomy, exercise mindfulness and work life balance.

Prerequisites: None.

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Managing Others

Management of others requires different leadership skills than being successful as an individual. Successful managers accomplish objectives through others rather than on their own. In this module you will learn concrete skills to help you get the most out of the teams you lead and collaborate with. Focusing on an individual’s management style, we will discuss job descriptions, helping others prioritize, evaluation and feedback. You will ask others to complete abbreviated 360 evaluations to gain insights into areas for improvement and also strengths of your management skills. A careful look at your own management style will not only make you a better leader but also help you mentor others to maximize the impact of their teams.

Prerequisites: Participants should have completed the Understanding Strengths and Weaknesses module.

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Setting the Culture

In any group that works together, there are expectations and guidelines that contribute to the success or failure of that group. While some of those expectations are made very clear, others are unwritten rules and assumptions. In this module, we will watch and discuss clips from television programs that focus on office environments both related and not related to health (ER, The Office, Scrubs, The West Wing, Grey’s Anatomy, and Star Trek: The Next Generation). Each discussion will focus on (1) describing each culture; (2) identifying strengths and weaknesses of each culture; and (3) assess any synergistic aspects of culture identified. Lessons learned during these analyses will help participants to formulate principles for setting the cultures of their future research groups.

Prerequisites: All participants should have aspirations for leading teams, as well as being comfortable with the idea of allowing a culture to emerge with a leader’s facilitation and/or guidance.

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Executive Shadowing

What does a day in the life of a dean look like? In this class, you will shadow a dean or another leader at your institution or another organization so that you can observe a day in the life of leadership. This module will be comprised of three sections: 1) Pre-shadowing training where you will learn your elevator speech and dos and don’ts to shadowing; 2) Shadowing where you will shadow someone in leadership; and 3) Post-shadowing debriefing where we will reflect on the experience and summarize take-away key points to incorporate in your leadership training.

Prerequisites: None.

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Understanding the Code

Success in the field of academic medicine requires more than good training and a healthy work ethic. It also requires the ability to “read” the hidden codes of the workplace and navigate them effectively. Without this skill, even the most talented researchers and clinicians may fail. In this module, we will discuss three types of codes – environmental, historical, and cultural – share experiences, and brainstorm ways to effectively operate within and maybe occasionally change these codes.

Prerequisites: None.

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