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Improve your leadership skills over lunch during the IT Shares brown bag discussion series.

Unless otherwise indicated, all IT Shares take place in 121 Technology Support Building from noon to 1:00 p.m. Bring your lunch and join us from 11:30 a.m. to noon to network with your peers before each presentation begins.

2015–16 schedule:

IT MENTORS—GOALS, GUIDANCE, AND GROWTH

October 12, 2016

Penn State IT staff are invited to attend this informational IT Shares session, “Goals, Guidance, and Growth,” to learn more about IT Mentors.

Part of the IT Connects initiative, IT Mentors is a nine-month program that matches goal-oriented IT staff with experienced colleagues from across Penn State to share knowledge and develop leadership skills within a structured mentoring relationship. Penn State IT staff members can apply to become mentors or mentees.

At this presentation, you will learn:

  • what IT Mentors is and what you can expect to get out of it
  • what's involved (participant expectations, time commitment, etc.)
  • about the application and pairing process

Presented by the 2017 IT Mentors Steering Committee.

Register to attend.

 

 

IT SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE–LIGHTNING TALKS

May 25, 2016

Please join us for an engaging and creative IT Shares lightning talk session. A lightning talk is a very short presentation—usually no more than five minutes in length. Lightning talks are informal by design and some of the most interesting presentations tell a story, use pictures or convey passion. Presenters and topics to include:

Rose Pruyne—Introduction to Lightning Talks

Craig Haynal—Root-Cause Analysis using Ishikawa Diagramming

Matt Soccio—Organizational Change Management using the ADKAR Model

Scott Gallagher and Paul Crum—Moving to the Cloud with Amazon Web Services

Nigel McFarlane—Facilitation: The Opening Statement

Lisa Komidar—Penn State’s Agile Discussion Group

Session descriptions are available on the IT Share the Knowledge website.

This session is also available via Adobe Connect for those who can’t attend in person.

Lightning talks presented by IT staff members in partnership with the IT Share the Knowledge Conference Steering Committee.

 

 

TALENT MANAGEMENT AND DEVELOPMENT

May 10, 2016

Leaders play an important role in talent management. They attract candidates, drive performance, create engagement and retention, and play a key role in maximizing staff members’ contributions. Research shows that employees who report to a manager who cares about them as a person, talks with them about their careers, encourages their development, and provides opportunities to learn and grow, have lower turnover and better productivity. Talent management and development are an essential part of a team’s success. Are you actively developing the staff on your team?

This session will help you:

  • Understand the difference between talent management and talent development.
  • Define the difference between performance and potential as it relates to your team members.
  • Investigate resources to help you develop others on your team.
  • Create a development plan for your team, leveraging your new knowledge of your team and Penn State’s YOU@PSU process

This session is also available via Adobe Connect for those who can’t attend in person.

Presented by Angie Dick, Randy Kibe, Mark Beers, Lloyd Painter, Alan Jones, Caroline Chronowski.

 

 

IT SHARE THE KNOWLEDGE CONFERENCE

April 29, 2016—22 Technology Support Building

The basic definition of knowledge is information, understanding, or skill that one gets from experience or education. In some organizations, knowledge often becomes embedded not only in documents or repositories but also in routines, processes, practices and norms. By distributing knowledge within Penn State IT we can create a knowledge sharing culture that encourages innovation, fosters closer relationships between staff, and builds a stronger sense of unity.

This half-day (8:00 a.m. to noon) conference is a forum for IT staff members to connect with colleagues and share information through sessions that focus on leadership, productivity, and tools and technology. John Harwood, associate vice provost for IT, will present the opening remarks in the Technology Support Building Connections Café.

Sessions presented by IT staff members in partnership with the IT Share the Knowledge Conference Steering Committee.

 

 

LEADING CHANGE FROM WHERE YOU ARE

March 23, 2016—22C Technology Support Building

Everyone in Penn State IT is influenced by change—are you actively or passively participating? The upcoming IT Shares session “Leading Change from Where You Are” will offer tools and suggestions to help you navigate your journey. The presentation will cover how you, regardless of your title or position, can be a leader at Penn State and influence the many changes our IT community will be facing in the months and years to come.

Please join us for an engaging discussion with guest speakers Matt Decker, interim vice provost for IT, and Nathan Culmer, who has researched change management, to explore opportunities in which you can serve as a change leader.

This session is also available via Adobe Connect for those who can’t attend in person.

Presented by Mike Morgan, Mike Voltz, Jim Weaver, David Stucky, Huoy-Jii Khoo, and Megan Kohler.

 

 

PROJECTING THE FUTURE—SWOT AND GAP ANALYSIS

January 27, 2016

SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) analysis is a simple strategy to evaluate current conditions to help achieve business objectives. SWOT can also be used to look forward and identify conditions that are expected to occur. Additionally, Gap Analysis can be used to examine a current state and identify what needs to be done to move to a desired future state. This session will focus on SWOT analysis in a hands-on exercise to identify and evaluate what needs to be done to accomplish an objective, followed by an overview of Gap Analysis as next steps to take back to your workplace. This session is also available via Adobe Connect for those who can’t attend in person.

Presented by Michael Brooks, Michelle Dzyak, Jonathan Gonsman, Deborah Johnson, Jeff Medvec, and Mark Warren.

 

 

The Power of Presence

December 2, 2015

Leadership studies have determined that how you present yourself to your colleagues, new and old, impacts your ability to lead others. Presence is more than a first impression—it’s a combination of energy and attitude. It’s something you can develop and grow, right along with your ability to influence others. This interactive session will cover the four Es and how you can be more intentional about your presence and the image you want to convey. This session is also available via Adobe Connect for those who can’t attend in person.

Presented by Tara Campbell, Marilee Mulvey, Janice Swayne, Susan Taylor, Kate Tornatore, and Brian Young