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2020 is now behind us and it’s time to start putting together plans and goals for the new year. Have you decided what you want to achieve in 2021? Organizational Development & Effectiveness offers a variety of programs and workshops that can help you improve any aspect of work that’s relevant and specific to you, build on professional knowledge, skills and effective working practices. Ensure you have everything you need to put your best foot forward in the new year. Register today!


NEW! Leadership@Cornell


Register for Leadership@Cornell

While effective leaders have always had to inspire and execute, the ways in which we practice and demonstrate leading calls for a new approach. Today’s best leaders use higher forms of motivation such as intrinsic reward, sense of belonging, understanding how people connect to the mission of the organization, influence, and even love. Successful leaders attract the best talent by bringing every individual’s genius and capacities together to get results. They transform average workers into outstanding contributors. At Cornell we want leaders to focus on being conscious leaders, using emotional intelligence, unleashing the power of their teams, creating and maintain a highly functional team, seeing around corners, navigating the Work/Life journey, and coaching for performance.

This is a 7-module curriculum and it is recommended you take these courses in sequence. Courses are 1.5 – 2 hours each. All modules must be completed to receive a completion status and/or certificate for this course track.

Course Details

1. Being a Conscious Leader

Wednesday, January 27, 2:30-4:30 pm or Thursday, February 4, 9:30-11:30 am
In its most simple form, conscious leadership is bringing one's whole self with total awareness to your leadership position. Conscious leaders focus on the “we” rather than the “me” and realize that their role is to create a collaborative culture of trust, care, and influence. These leaders are concerned about the overall vision, are self-motivated, and are not prone to making impulsive decisions. Conscientious leaders are concerned about getting a job done in the best way for their organization and the individuals on their team. Conscious leadership is a critical element to developing a thriving team and organization that operates from presence. Conscious leaders automatically create a reliable and robust culture of trust which has a powerful impact on morale and by extension, productivity.

2. Emotional Intelligence

Tuesday, Feb 9, 9:30-11:30 am or Friday, Feb 12, 1-3 pm

Emotional Intelligence (EQ): The capacity to be aware of, control, guide, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. Come join us as we explore our own self-perception and expression and move through how it effects our interpersonal relationships, decision making, and stress management.

3. Unleashing the Power of Your Team

Wednesday, Feb 17, 1-3 pm or  Monday, Feb 22, 9:30-11:30 am

What does it mean to be a leader and unleash the power of your team?  In this course, you will explore the behaviors and cultural issues that get in the way of leading effectively, as well as  your role in creating an environment where all employees feel empowered.

4. Creating and Maintaining a Highly Functional Team

Monday, February 22, 1:30-3:30 pm or  Thursday, February 25, 9-11 am

As a leader, managing team dynamics in a productive and meaningful way can be the key to over-all success. This course focuses on five areas that are critical to a leader’s ability to keep a team moving forward. Trust, conflict, commitment, accountability, and results are everyday factors that are a part of everyone’s work life.  Join other leaders for small and large group discussions as we share strategies from Patrick Lencioni’s “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team”.

5. Seeing Around Corners

Tuesday, March 2, 9:30-11:30 am or Friday, March 5, 1-3 pm  

Looking ahead and creating an environment that encourages innovation is a valuable skill for any leader to practice. As leaders we need to pay attention to shifts in the business landscape, known as inflection points. These shifts can either create new opportunities or they can lead to devastating consequences. Leaders who can spot those inflection points, or “see around corners” early, are poised to succeed. Most shifts have subtly built over time. “Seeing Around Corners” will help you learn to leverage this concept to create a more effective, innovative, and pro-active approach to the work with which you and your team engage.

6.  Navigating Your Work/Life Journey

Monday, March 8, 9:30-11 am or Wednesday, March 10, 1:30-3 pm 

Work-life integration, well-being, self-care. There is a way to bring your full, healthy authentic self to work. In this session, we discuss and develop strategies that integrate a life of play, rest, and action. Create your best life by developing a plan that works for you. Learn how to disrupt conditioned patterns of work that increase you and your team’s efficiency. 

7. Coaching for Performance

Thursday, March 11, 9-11 am or Wednesday, March 17, 1:30-3:30 pm

Do you wish that your team members came to you with a solution to the problem rather than seeking the answer? In this course, discover the power of coaching to bring out the best in your team and colleagues so you can be more agile to meet the changing needs of the organization and excel in your role and responsibilities.

NOTE: When you register for this Curriculum, it will automatically assign you to all the next available classes. If you have conflicts with any of the initial dates, BEFORE YOU REGISTER: be sure to VIEW CLASSES for each class and enroll for the date you want to attend.


Leading in These Times


Register for Leading in These Times


Course 1: The Changing Landscape of Work; January 19, 2021  9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 2: Building Connections; January 26, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 3: Recognizing, Developing and Moving Talent at Cornell; February 2, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

As a leader, it is vital to understand the ever-changing landscape of where and how we work.  In this track, managers will explore relationships, strategies for effective communications, coaching for performance and development, and how to tap into employee strengths and passions. 


Facilitated by Jim Sheridan, Sr. Management Consultant and Tanya Grove, Sr. Management Consultant


Building Trust


Register for Building Trust   

Course 1: Establishing and Maintaining Trust in Work-Groups; February 3, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 2: The Value of Trust for Creating and Maintaining Belonging; February 9, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

As a leader, it is your responsibility to establish trust and motivate the team to create an environment that encourages collaboration and partnership between colleagues.  As a member of the team, what are you doing to foster an environment where trust is co-created? In this program, we will explore:

Facilitated by Jim Sheridan, Sr. Management Consultant and Tanya Grove, Sr. Management Consultant




Register for Communications 


Course 1: HR 3055 Managing and Facilitating Meetings; February 16, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 2: HR 3056 Effective Listening; February 23, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 3: HR 3057 Giving and Receiving Effective Feedback; March 3, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

Course 4: HR 3058 Difficult Conversations; March 9, 2021, 9:30 – 10:45 am

As a result of this track of communicating in remote, onsite, and hybrid work environments, you will learn:


  • Effective techniques for facilitating business meetings
  • The importance of listening and techniques for effective listening
  • Cornell's expectations on giving and receiving feedback and strategies to do that well
  • How to approach and manage difficult conversations

Facilitated by Jim Sheridan, Sr. Management Consultant and Tanya Grove, Sr. Management Consultant


Emotional Intelligence


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Course 1: HR 3059 Intro to Emotional Intelligence; March 2, 2021, 9:30-11:30 am or March 4, 1-3 pm

Course 2: HR 3060 Self-Perception - Self-Regard, Self-Actualization; March 10, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am or March 11, 1-2:15 pm

Course 3: HR 3061 Self-Expression – Emotional Expression, Assertiveness, Independence; March 16, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am or March 18, 1-2:15 pm

Course 4: HR 3062 Interpersonal – Interpersonal Relationships, Empathy, Social Responsibility; March 23, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am or March 25, 1-2:15 pm

Course 5: HR 3063 Decision Making – Problem Solving, Reality Testing, Impulse Control; March 30, 2021, 1-3 pm or April 1, 1-3 pm

Course 6: HR 3064 Stress Management – Flexibility, Stress Tolerance, Optimism; April 6, 2021, 9:30-10:45 am or April 8, 1-2:15 pm

Course 7: HR 3065 Pulling it all Together!; April 13, 2021, 9:30-11:30 am or April 15, 1-3 pm

The capacity to be aware of, control, guide, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically. In this 7-part track, we explore the role of emotions in our daily lives. The series will begin by exploring our own self-perception and expression and move through how it effects our interpersonal relationships, decision making, and stress management.


Facilitated by Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant and Vivian Relta, CITE Associate Director and Facilitator


Employee Engagement


Register for Employee Engagement 

January 20, 2021,  9:30-11 am

Engaged employees fully invest their best selves in the work they do. But what is employee engagement and how is it created? Employees and leaders intuitively know that when we find a place where we can throw our hearts, spirits, minds, and hands into our work, we are happier, healthier, and produce better results. Yet, most of us struggle to understand exactly why we engage in some environments and don’t in others. As a result of attending this workshop, you will:

Facilitated by Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant


Other development opportunities:


Tips for Effective Facilitation

March 31 – April 1, 2021, two consecutive days;  9:00-11:00 am each day

Group facilitation is an important leadership skill that can really help a team achieve their goals in the most effective and constructive manner. Hence the role of the facilitator is to help the group make progress and find their own solution in the easiest and most effective way. This 2-part course provides hints and tips to enhance your effectiveness at facilitating groups.


Facilitated by Anthony Sis, Diversity and Inclusion Training Specialist, Department of Inclusion and Workforce Diversity and Jim Sheridan, Sr. Management Consultant, Organizational Development and Effectiveness


Leader as Coach

March 29 – April 1, 2021; 4 consecutive days: 8:30 am-12 pm each day

Leader as Coach focuses on the supervisor or leader as coach based on the 2002-19 Presence-Based Coaching model. After the course, you'll have access to follow-up coaching sessions providing the opportunity for skill mastery by putting all your learning and intentions into practice.


Open to faculty, supervisors and staff who are responsible for the work of others as supervisors or project or program managers and who have attended the Faculty Leadership Program, Chair Program, Harold D. Craft Leadership Program or Turning Point as the program builds on concepts from those programs.

Facilitated by Kathryn Burkgren, Ph.D., AVP Organizational Development & Effectiveness; Tanya Grove, Sr. Management Consultant and Ari Mack, Organizational Development Consultant


Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Cornell

You have been auto-enrolled in the first 3 courses of this six-course certificate program, where you will hear from Cornell leadership about the importance of evolving a culture of diversity, equity, and belonging. Using Cornell’s Skills for Success as your foundation, you will develop techniques to create and cultivate an inclusive work environment. Building on these values, you will examine ways to initiate change through self-examination and by evaluating how power, privilege, and oppression manifest in your everyday life.  As the program progresses, you will have the opportunity to practice engaging respectfully with peers and teams with different perspectives and using strategies to speak up and respond when you witness bias. By the end of this program, you will be empowered to support a Cornell culture where everyone feels valued and where we can all bring our whole, authentic selves to work The course format consists of short, 2-4 minute videos interspersed with reflection exercises, activities to establish comfort and confidence, and a completion quiz.

If you haven’t completed CU101, CU102 or CU103, you can find them in your "Me" tab in CULearn. Click the link or copy and paste the URL into your browser:

Once completed, consider registering for a Community Chat to enhance your learning! The Community Chats are designed to be a simple and sociable informal conversation in which employees come together to get to know one another, in a more meaningful way than usual, by talking about their sense of personal purpose in their lives and our community and about the issues that are of personal priority and concern. The goal is for everyone to be open and curious about all perspectives and see what we learn from one another. We hope these conversations will help advance existing efforts and engage additional community stakeholders, create bridges to greater understanding and encourage action to promote belonging and respect in our community.

The next CU103 chat will be held on Monday, January 11 from 1:00-2:15 pm. You can register to attend by clicking on the links under Community Chats here.