Volume 13, Number 2 September 9, 2005

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Covey leadership training offered

The U of S is once again offering its managers and professional staff training based on the philosophy of Stephen Covey because, according to one organizer, “any really good leadership program begins with personal effectiveness”.

Rebecca Macaulay, a Human Resources Division (HRD) consultant, said Covey’s approach, based on his bestseller “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People”, is “a tool that’s available ... to support and invest in our people. When we consider our desire to be a high-performing organization and when we talk about our people as our most important asset, this is one way to build capacity within our leadership.”

Program benefits include the friendships and networks that form among participants, she said, which help sustain the momentum after the training is complete.

“The ultimate outcome is to have units or colleges say, ‘Wow, this particular thing happened because of our people’.”

The next round of training beings Oct. 5 and will continue over five days until January. The instructor will be from FranklinCovey, an international company formed in 1997 with the merger of the Franklin Institute and the Covey Leadership Centre. Macaulay said the U of S negotiated a rate of $1,650 per person for the training which most participants pay for with their professional development fund.

The Covey-based training was first offered on campus in late-2002 to HRD staff. In 2003, Financial Services Division personnel were invited and, in February 2004, the program was opened up to all managers as well as all Administrative and Supervisory Personnel Association (ASPA) members.

Macaulay said there are 25 spots available in the upcoming session “but we can probably take 30, and if those spots fill, we’ll diligently look at running another session.”

For more information, contact communications.office@usask.ca

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