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Strength in community: get involved!

 “I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

Mother Teresa

McGill is a Community with an impressive history and some of the brightest minds in the world.  In times of change and uncertainty, it is in community that we will continue to make the most positive difference as we co-create a strong future.

Join us in sharing the wealth of your knowledge and experience, and learn from one another.  Now is the time to get involved!  Continuous development and support need not be expensive or time consuming.  This Spring, you can find rich and timely opportunities for learning and contribution within our 4 walls.

Learning in Community through “CoachingOurselves” Modules

Are you ready to engage with your peers or your team in themes of critical importance to you?  Explore how you can introduce CoachingOurselves 90-minute guided discussion topics to stimulate reflection on your day-to-day experiences, while networking, sharing and learning from each other.  CoachingOurselves was developed by Henry Mintzberg and Phil LeNir, is available in 8 languages and used in 26 countries.  With over 70 topics to choose from, these sessions provide valuable content, questions and exercises that have impacted over 12,000 managers world-wide.  Topic themes range from engaging and strengthening teams, to enhancing communication, driving change, basic management skills and strategic thinking.

We are currently seeking:

  • Volunteer Facilitators  interested in supporting the rollout of CoachingOurselves sessions across the University (basic knowledge of facilitation an asset; training provided);
  • CoachingOurselves Champions:  participants for 3 Learning Café Events to experience CoachingOurselves first hand, and spread the word. 

For more information on CoachingOurselves background, approach and topics, visit:    http://www.coachingourselves.com/  

To become involved in the rollout of CoachingOurselves at McGill, please contact Joan Soares (4614) or joan [dot] soares [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Building Our Community through Co-Development Groups

Are you interested in organizing, facilitating and/or participating in a learning community involving peer coaching?  Participate in an information Session and discover why this Quebec-born approach to improving professional effectiveness is meeting with resounding success! 

Co-development in small groups is empowering, respectful and inexpensive.  It builds upon wisdom within the institution and bolsters a sense of community.  Participants are encouraged to find their own solutions to challenges in the workplace, with the assistance of peer “consultants” who take turns being the “client”.   Members share best practices and address issues of real and current concern.  Great value is given to group diversity and continuous learning for all. 

To register for an information session, please visit Human Resources’ staff development calendar and see “Building Our Community Through Co-Development Groups”  or click here to sign up for the next session on March 12th:  http://www.mcgill.ca/hr-webforms/staffdevelopment/?CourseID=303&Order=StartDate&ModuleName=OD#Calendar

If you have knowledge of facilitation, and are interested in leading effective Co-Development groups, please email Jane Reichman Van Toch at jane [dot] reichman [at] mcgill [dot] ca.

Partners in Community

Perhaps you are most at home in one-on-one exchanges where your discretion, sense of clear boundaries, and strong active listening skills give others both the space and connection needed to meet their challenges with confidence.   Training will be provided to a small team of individuals who wish to support peers in times of change in the context of our pilot, “Partners in Community”. 

To discuss your involvement in this volunteer program, please email Jane Reichman Van Toch at jane [dot] reichman [at] mcgill [dot] ca. 


McGill in Action - Best Practices Lunch ‘n Learn

Every month, Organizational Development will be inviting guests from within McGill to share best practices with colleagues, in areas of prime interest to our community.    We invite you to suggest guest speakers for these brown bag lunches who have the following characteristics:

  • An understanding of the McGill culture and systems
  • Concrete learning/success in a particular area, that could benefit other parts of the community (e.g. creative partnerships, employee engagement, work redesign, etc.)
  • A positive, realistic and practical approach to change
  • Open to continuous learning and to sharing lessons learned
  • A sense of humor is a definite bonus!

Based on your input, and the willingness of those “volunteered”, we will provide you with a Spring schedule of “McGill in Action” Lunch ‘n Learn events.

To propose topics of prime interest or to recommend a speaker, please send an email to Johanne Houle at johanne [dot] houle [at] mcgill [dot] ca and indicate in the subject line ‘MCGILL IN ACTION”.