Thursday, January 21, 2016

From Melody's Desk

Brrr, it’s cold outside. I’m writing this post on a chilly Monday, wondering if that snow storm will materialize this weekend. I guess winter is really here, isn’t it?

I hope everyone has been in touch with your DISCOVERY partner to find a time to get together to have open and meaningful conversations about what attracted you to UVA, your peak career experiences, our strengths and opportunities and aspirations, and the start of a collective vision of the future. All interviews should be completed by the end of the month. We are collecting interesting stories (with permission of the story-teller, of course!) – read these and submit your own.

I’ve heard reports that one conversation of an hour hasn’t been enough to complete the discussion. Please know that if both partners want to extend the interview that is great, but not necessary. Feel free to spend time on the questions where you have the most energy and pass on the other questions to balance the time to one hour.

Next up is DISCOVERY phase two of our strategic planning process. We will have smaller group sessions to debrief and find common themes from our early interviews. You and your partner should try to find a session to attend together – sign up now.

Two more reminders…

First, don’t forget to take a look back at the past year as part of your self-reflection… by completing your 2015 self-assessment for the performance review cycle by the end of the month.

Second, the president recently wrote to us about required training for "responsible employees" regarding Sexual and Gender-Based Harassment and Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. The training needs to be completed by February 8th and is accessed through this link:

Have a great week!

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