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9:00AM - 4:30 PM
MSU Union, Parlors A,B, C

CAFFE MINI INSTITUTE: Leading Through Teamwork: How to Be a Successful Professional

This interactive workshop for graduate students and post-docs will focus on identifying the skills underlying successful collaborations and learning to put them into practice. Studies of new faculty indicate that although they are hired for their individual expertise, their job satisfaction and promotion often depend on how quickly they learn to be collaborators in research, teaching, and service. In non-academic settings, many projects evolve as groups efforts. Some psychologists have even argued that the most important new ideas are the product of “group genius,” not individual brilliance. Through a range of activities presenters will engage participants in learning about how the so-called “soft-skills” of teamwork and leadership come into play in academic and non-academic settings. By the end of the workshop, participants will know concrete strategies for creating and sustaining collaborations in academia and beyond, managing teams, and communicating effectively across diverse environments. Featured presenters: Dr. Hiram Fitzgerald (Associate Provost for University Outreach and Engagement, University Distinguished Professor, Psychology); Jim Lautenschleger (Business Solutions Offer for South Central Michigan Works); Limit 150