Published: Feb. 6, 2018

Creating an effective performance management and merit program is a key component in helping support, develop and retain our talented employees. Evaluation meetings are an opportunity for supervisors and employees to have a collaborative dialogue regarding job performance, areas in which the employee is excelling, areas for improved growth, and opportunities for professional development.  Organization and Employee Development has courses that can enhance your skills around fostering open dialogues, building trust, and understanding intercultural competence as you approach these conversations. 

Crucial Conversations

Crucial Conversations is a two-day course that teaches skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics – at all levels of the organization.  By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment. 

Upcoming Dates
  • March 20 & 22                 
  • April 18 & 20
  • May 21 & 23
  • July 30 & August 1 
  • September 26 & 28
  • November 13 & 16       

Times:  8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day

Register for Crucial Conversations

The CU Boulder Department of Human Resources has teamed up with VitalSmarts to offer this important course to CU Boulder employees. Based on the national best-selling book Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking when the Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations course teaches participants to speak persuasively, not abrasively; foster teamwork and better decision making; build acceptance rather than resistance; and resolve individual and group disagreements.


$250 (The course fee includes a Crucial Conversations Toolkit, cue cards for each lesson, a Crucial Conversations model card, a copy of the New York Times bestselling book, Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High, the Crucial Conversations audio companion MP3 download, and a course completion certificate).

(If you were to take this course directly from VitalSmarts, the cost would be $1,395. But because we have certified CU Boulder trainers to deliver the course, we are able to offer it to CU Boulder employees for $250! Don’t miss this opportunity to receive this incredible training that is transforming organizations around the country!)


Leading at the Speed of Trust

Upcoming Dates
  • January 23, 24, 25: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. each day
  • February 26 & 28: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
  • April 3 & 5: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
  • May 22 & 24: 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day
  • Aug 7 & 8: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. day one, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. day two

Register for Leading at the Speed of Trust

Trust is not merely a soft, social virtue: rather, trust is a pragmatic, hard-edged, economic, and actionable asset that you can create. There is a compelling business case for trust. Teams and organizations that operate with high trust significantly out-perform teams and organizations with low trust. This has been proven in dozens of studies, across a multitude of industries and sectors.The Speed of Trust Practice helps organizations better manage change and create high-performing teams that are agile, collaborative, innovative, and engaged.



$30 - You must be registed for the FranklinCovey All Access Pass to attend this in-person workshop. FranklinCovey is a world leader in helping organizations achieve transformational workplace results. They provide content, tools, methodology, and thought leadership to more than 150 countries. FranklinCovey has expanded their learning opportunities to include a comprehensive suite of personal and professional development workshops specializing in 22 different content areas ranging from leadership to productivity to trust.


    Developing Intercultural Competence Workshop

    Upcoming Dates
    • Wedneday, March 7: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, April 19: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, May 29:  9:00 to 11:30 a.m.
    • Thursday, June 7: 1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Tuesday, July 24: 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

    Register for Developing Intercultural Competence Workshop

    CU Boulder is committed to a strong campus climate in which all students, staff, and faculty thrive and feel a sense of commitment to and from our community.  Creating this depends on our ability to shift cultural perspectives and appropriately adapt behaviors to cultural differences and commonalities.   This workshop is open to all CU Boulder faculty and staff interested in learning more about intercultural competence and how the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) can be used to assess, and build upon, your own level of intercultural competence.  CU Boulder IDI qualified administrators will guide you through attitudes, awareness, knowledge, and skills associated with creating an inclusive campus environment.