Learning Forums - PM 3 to 5



Working with the PM 3 to 5 Professional Development Advisory Committee, this series of Learning Forums is designed for colleagues to get together, learn, discuss, and expand their University of Toronto network.

Registration limited to PM 3-5 only

Being More Strategic in Uncertain Times, Tuesday April 18, 2017 9:00-10:45 ODLC

The world is becoming increasingly VUCA – Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous. Recent events include the dramatic drop in oil price, the unexpected shifts in the political arena across North America, and the impact of disruptive technologies and businesses.

It is precisely in this kind of rapidly changing environment that a strategic skillset is critical. Leveraging a more strategic approach can help you cut through the ups and downs of the market, the deluge of data from all directions, and the overload of messaging we all experience.

This session will explore an overview of the strategic skillset you need to be successful, including strategic thinking, strategic planning and communicating strategy. It will enable you to understand how each can be leveraged to mitigate the VUCA challenges you’re faced with in your environment

For anyone who’s ever been given feedback to “be more strategic”, this session will demystify what that means. It will offer practical tips to enable you to start applying a more strategic approach to your day to day routine.



Make Better Decisions at Work, June 21, 2017 9:00-10:45 ODLC

Our decision-making capability has a major impact on the value we bring to the organization and to the way we may be perceived in the workplace.  If we’re too impulsive, we may rush into poor decisions.  If we’re too analytical, we may get stuck and stall progress to moving forward.

In our complex business environment, decision-making is increasingly challenging.  Our mental models around what will lead to success are rapidly disintegrating.  Emerging threats seem to be constantly on the horizon that we need to plan for.  Not to mention that we can easily be bombarded by information and data overload.

This is exactly why we need to have an approach to decision-making we can rely on to help us consider crucial factors with a critical thinking lens to launch us into decisive action.

This session that will help you use five key questions to boost your confidence and skill as a decision-maker