Training Opportunities

Weekly Digest

March 30 - April 3


Captain Your Ship: Exerting Influence in a High-Stress Environment

Wednesday, April 1; 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Connected Cornell: Community Chat for Managers

Wednesday, April 1; 2:30 - 3:30 PM

Resiliency in the Real World

Wednesday, April 1; 1:00 -2:00 PM

Chaos to Calm: Developing an Organizational Change Plan

Thursday, April 2; 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Resiliency: ATC and Avoiding Thinking Traps

Thursday, April 2; 11:00 AM – noon

Working Mindfully

Thursday, April 2; 2:00 – 3:00 PM

Connected Cornell: Community Chat for Staff

Friday, April 3; 11 am – 12 pm


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Check this page frequently for training resources to support staff through this period of rapid changes.


Featured Training:

Zoom Training  from Cornell IT

Zoom Basics, including how to configure your profile, schedule, in-session controls, and Advanced: including polling, break out rooms, mobile app, and more.


Cornell-Specific Remote Work Webinars


Working Mindfully

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Come and learn how to inject more meaning and joy into your work, manage change and anxiety, all while watching stress and burnout drain away as you begin learning how to leverage mindfulness in your everyday work environment.

  • March 24, 2020           2:00 – 3:00pm
  • March 26, 2020           2:00 – 3:00pm
  • March 31, 2020           2:00 – 3:00pm
  • April 2, 2020                2:00 – 3:00pm


Resiliency in the Real World

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Debra Howell, Director of IT Operations, CU Library

Hunt the good stuff to counter Negativity Bias, create positive emotion, and notice and analyze what is good. Use Effective Praise and Active Constructive Responding to build mastery and winning streaks and to respond to others with authentic, active, and constructive interest to build strong relationships. Resiliency is a real world skill!

  • March 25, 2020     1:00 – 2:00pm
  • April 1, 2020          1:00 – 2:00pm
  • April 8, 2020          1:00 – 2:00pm


Resiliency: ATC and Avoiding Thinking Traps

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Debra Howell, Director of IT Operations, CU Library

We all have situations that we handle effectively and other situations that we don't handle as effectively as we need to. Additionally, Thinking Traps are overly rigid patterns in thinking that can cause us to miss critical information about a situation or individual. In this session, you will learn how to identify your "Heat of the Moment" thoughts about an Activating Event and the consequences of those thoughts so you can have greater control over your emotions and reactions, as well as, identifying and correcting counterproductive patterns in your thinking.

  • March 25, 2020     10:00am – 11:00am
  • April 2, 2020      11:00am - noon
  • April 9, 2020          11:00am – noon


eCornell: Working with Remote Teams

eCornell's new FREE on-demand offerings for staff include several lessons that will help you build and support a remote team. Lessons include:

  • Managing virtual teams
  • Identifying and addressing key challenges and opportunities on virtual teams
  • Building and sustaining trust, motivation and engagment
  • Creating a shared vision and defining roles and responsibilities
  • Assess your team
  • Overcome threats to communicate
  • Using negotiation techniques to manage conflict.

Access to on-demand lessons for Cornell staff is now enabled for SSO login with NetID and password by clicking here. Log in and filter Topic by “Remote Teams”. Contact for assistance.


Arbinger Institute Webinars

To help individuals and organizations address the most pressing challenges they may be facing, we will be holding a series of open enrollment webinars over the coming weeks providing mindset frameworks and applicable tools to help approach and positively resolve our current situations.


All webinars below begin at 1:00 pm ET: Register here

  • April 1: Captain Your Ship - Exerting Influence in a High-Stress Environment
  • April 2: Chaos to Calm - Developing an Organizational Change Plan
  • April 8: Turning Chaos into Growth - Creating an Anti-Fragile Organization
  • April 9: We Are All Doctors - How Outward Mindset Creates Unity in Chaos


Past Webinars

  • March 18: Humanize Communication: Managing Rapid Change in Crisis | Episode 1, Kathrin Peters: Humanizing Communication
  • March 19:  Sustaining Engagement During a Time of Anxiety: Managing Rapid Change in Crisis | Episode 2, Mitch Warner: Engagement in a Time of Anxiety; (Notes)
  • March 20:  Strategic Flexibility in a Crisis (link coming)
  • March 24: Don't Hold People Accountable—Develop Accountable People (link coming)
  • March 25:  Doing More With Less:  Balancing an Increased Workload (link coming)

Working Remotely

Building Virtual Community



Contact Kathy Burkgren at – Cornell has 24 internally trained coaches to help you think through challenges and develop solutions.


eCornell On Demand:

  • Identifying and Addressing Key Challenges and Opportunities on Virtual Teams
  • Building and Sustaining Trust, Motivation, and Engagement
  • Creating a Shared Vision and Defining Roles and Responsibilities



These websites offer daily emails with short videos, articles, and quotes to boost your positivity:


TED Talks

  • How great leaders inspire action (18 minutes)  Simon Sinek has a simple but powerful model for inspirational leadership -- starting with a golden circle and the question: "Why?"
  • The Power of Vulnerability (20 minutes) Brené Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity
  • My Stroke of Insight Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.
  • Everything is Connected (34 minutes) Talk from A-Fest Mexico 2016, Tom Chi, inventor and co-founder of Google X. In this talk he shares one of the most powerful ideas you can learn: it transcends science, religion, politics, social responsibility and humanism. He describes in practical terms how we're all interconnected.
  • The Puzzle of Motivation (18.30 minutes) One of the most popular talks of all Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we think. Listen for illuminating stories -- and maybe, a way forward.
  • The Happy Secret to Better Work (12 minutes) We believe we should work hard in order to be happy, but could we be thinking about things backwards? In this fast-moving and very funny talk, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that, actually, happiness inspires us to be more productive.
  • Inside the mind of a master procrastinator (14 minutes) Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn't make sense, but he's never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window -- and encourages us to think harder about what we're really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.
  • The new power of collaboration (19.26 minutes) Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action -- and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group.