Effective Successful Happy Academic

WORKSHOPS

In these unprecedented times, Alex and Bailey are now facilitating all workshops virtually.  The challenges faced by academics worldwide are real, and we have heard your calls for support.

 

While our standard suite of half-day workshops is still available, we are now also offering a 1-1.5 hour workshop on Academic Success & Wellness, specifically designed for the current context.

 

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Academic Success & Wellness during the Pandemic

Our new 1-1.5 hour workshop, specifically designed for the current context.

FIRST STEPS

Half-Day Workshops

The Effective, Successful, Happy Academic: Key approaches, tools, and resources

Our brief introduction to the ‘How to be a Happy Academic’ approach, designed for all salaried academic workers – irrespective of career stage, discipline or role.

The demands on academic settings and those working in them continue to rise. Publishing, funding, engagement, and mentorship – social media, mass media, leadership and teaching – the demands on academics increase, diversify, and evolve. Concurrently: jobs, resources, and institutional / research funding are becoming more scarce. More needs to be done better with less and by fewer academics.

In this interactive workshop, engage with and harness the best and latest thinking, research, and approaches to help support you and your workplace be effective in the new realities of the modern academic workplace. Consider how you can meet the diverse demands of the changing academic workplace and take your career, research and teaching to the next level amidst this complex and demanding context. Develop and consolidate your knowledge, skills, and strategies to meet the challenge of becoming, being and staying effective, successful, and happy.

How to be an Effective, Successful, Happy Academic Leader

Designed specially for current or future leaders in academic workplaces, drawing on the approach of ‘How to be a Happy Academic’, this workshop gives an orientation about how to understand, approach, and do the work associated with academic leadership roles.

Leadership roles in academic workplaces are uniquely demanding and challenging. Change is constant, demands from stakeholders and students are many, and authority is complex. Yet, the development and growth of academic leaders is often not prioritized or informed by research.

In this interactive workshop, engage with and harness the best and latest thinking, research, and approaches to help support you lead for institutional and personal success in the new realities of the modern academic workplace. Consider how you can meet the diverse demands of the changing academic leadership and take your career, your colleagues, and your organization to the next level amidst this complex and demanding context. Develop and consolidate your knowledge, skills and strategies to meet the challenge of becoming, being and staying effective, successful, and happy in your academic leadership role.

The Effective, Successful, Happy Student: Key approaches, tools, and resources

A student version of our brief introduction to the ‘How to be a Happy Academic’ approach, designed for specifically for the challenges of being a Masters or doctoral student.

How can you best position yourself for your dream academic job and career? What are employers looking for in the increasingly competitive academic jobs market? How can you best ensure success in your ongoing graduate research, build a career, and future proof your happiness and work-life balance?

Join us in this interactive workshop to learn how to get the vital advantage now to meet the expectations and challenges of the modern academic workplace of today and tomorrow. Learn the best ways to manage your time, energy, and broader life. Be provided with vital tools to stay acutely focused on the right work to strategically maximize your chances of success today and build the right foundation for your career for the challenges of tomorrow. Applying the best thinking from research, theory, approaches – this workshop provides essential tools to develop your knowledge, skills, and strategies to meet the challenge of becoming, being and staying effective, successful and happy academic now and throughout your future career.

SUCCESS AND THE CORE

Half-Day Workshops

Values: Building from your BIG why

Your values – formed from ‘who you are’, ‘what you stand for’ and ‘who you stand with’ should be central to academic work. Yet, like many other forms of work, we all too readily get sucked into focusing on what work needs to be done and how to do it. This may be immediately satisfying, but over the long term reduces motivation and reduces your effectiveness, success, and happiness.

In this interactive workshop, we explore the nature and role of personal values in academic work and identify how your values can be harnessed to specify your success indicators, priorities, goals and tasks. Come to find out more about what you really stand for and how you can use this to be more effective, successful, and happy in your work and your life.

 

Writing: Get your qualitative research and reviews in impactful journals: A step-by-step recipe for success

How can your work feature in your discipline’s premier journals? It has never been more important for qualitative researchers or their organizations to publish research and reviews in journals that are visible, influential and credible. But this usually this means publishing in journals that are less familiar with qualitative methods, have greater impact, and higher rejection rates. Using approaches from genre-theory, this workshop will equip you with the key ways of approaching, working on, and refining your publications to maximize the likelihood of acceptance in impactful journals of any discipline.

 

Writing: Developing and writing exceptional qualitative proposals for grant funding success

Writing a research proposal for funding is vital but challenging and time consuming. Led by an experienced international researcher, grants reviewer, and review committee chair, this workshop provides you with a practical and internationally renowned hands-on-guide to maximise the persuasiveness of your qualitative or mixed-methods proposal. Relevant to all disciplines and researchers from graduate students onwards: come to turn the competitive funding process to your advantage and understand better how you can secure proposal success.

 

 

WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

I don’t know anyone else providing the insights, support and information that Alex and Bailey do. They focus on how to manage and work within the challenges of academia. Their workshops are relevant to any academic, irrespective of stage and discipline. In just one day we moved from big picture thinking (what are our values, what does success mean to us?) to practical tips in how to deal with the daily pressures of expectations, email and meetings. My ways of working literally changed over night. I now feel it’s really possible to be a happy, effective and successful academic.

Katrina Turner, PhD

Head of Section (Applied Health Research), Joint-Head of the Centre for Academic Primary Care and the NIHR School for Primary Care Research, University of Bristol, UK

I wanted to thank you both for your workshop, and continuing efforts to help our faculty members (and senior PhDs/PDFs we invited) to develop good work life balance and work more effectively within the time that they have. It was a very worthwhile experience and workshop.

Jason Carey, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor and Vice Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta

After attending the workshop I completely revised how I do my work, organize my day and make choices around work/life balance. In times of uncertainty and ever-lasting changes, it is essential to step back, reflect on our living values and uncover our true purpose and success in work and life. Bailey and Alex did a great job leading us through a set of thought-provoking questions that I believe every academic must be asked early in their career. Not only I was able to find lots of answers about myself, I had a great opportunity to connect to my colleagues and feel that I am a part of a community of incredible people. BIG thank you to Bailey and Alex!

Associate Professor , University of Alberta

“You have taught me to take a step back & look at the big picture.”

“This was EXCELLENT. Your team presentation approach was wonderful and you adapted nicely to the audience.”

“I found your style very effective and touching in the best sense of the word.”

“Excellent workshop – very engaging and thought provoking. It’s given me a lot to think about and I’m eager to begin implementing your suggestions.”

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