Crucial Conversations Workshop 

Program Information

Mar. 12 & 14 - Full, Waitlist Available

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

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for 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.

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. See the attached document for a detailed description of the course.

Cost: $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).

Learn more about Crucial Conversations.


New Employee Welcome Experience

Program Information

Thursday, Mar. 14 - 6 spots left! 

8:30 to 4:30 a.m. 

Register for New Employee Welcome Experience

The New Employee Welcome Experience is the first event in a year-long series designed to help increase the understanding of CU Boulder’s culture, organizational structure and governance, operations, learning mission, values, and campus initiatives. This program is offered to new, permanent CU Boulder employees in their first year of employment. This day-long event will help new employees become oriented with the CU Boulder campus. The New Employee Welcome Experience starts at Old Main Heritage Center in the historic heart of campus where participants will begin to develop their understanding of what it means to be a member of the CU Boulder community. The day will include a 2 hour walking tour of campus and a 1 hour bus tour broken into two portions throughout the day. Lunch will be provided by Elevations Credit Union and print materials are provided by CU Imaging Services (your campus printer).


CU Discover: WHO? Who are the Ombuds and Why Should I Care?

Program Information

Friday, Mar. 15

12:00 to 12:45 p.m. 

Administrative and Research Center 620

Register for CU Discover

If you find yourself saying….How do I talk to…?  I’m lost in the bureaucracy….  Am I misreading this situation?  What are my options?  Ombuds can help!  Come and join the Ombuds Office for an informative session discussing the role of the Ombuds here at University of Colorado Boulder and the services they provide staff, faculty and students. Bring your lunch and join other new employees to learn from Liz Hill, Associate Ombuds for the CU Boulder campus.

At the end of the session, participants will understand:

  • Understand the unique role of the Organizational Ombuds  
  • Learn how the Ombuds Office operates and the services Ombuds provides
  • Appreciate how Ombuds can help you and the organization   

New CU Boulder employees in their first 12 to 18 months of employment are invited to participate in the CU Discover Lunch and Learn Series, part of the Department of Human Resources' comprehensive, year-long onboarding program. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Learn more aboue the program on the CU Discover webpage


7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Program Information

Mar. 19 & 22

8:30 to 4:30 p.m. each day

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for 7 Habits

Habits are powerful forces in our lives. They determine our level of effectiveness or ineffectiveness. The purpose of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is to help you lead your life in a truly effective way. They represent a proven process of personal and interpersonal growth that can have an immediate and lasting impact.

As relevant today as when Stephen R. Covey first wrote them, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is based on principles of effectiveness that endure.   

Cost: $30 - You must be registed for the FranklinCovey All Access Pass to attend this in-person workshop.


Crucial Conversations Refresher: State My Path

Program Information

Wednesday,  Mar. 20

12:00 to 1:00 p.m. 

University Memorial Center 247

Register for State My Path

Organization and Employee Development (OED) along with campus partners introduce a Crucial Conversations Refresher program for Crucial Conversation (CC) graduates. There is no cost to attend this program. All Crucial Conversations graduates are invited to join certified facilitators for an hour-long deep dive into the CC curriculum. 

Neuroscience and learning transfer theory tells us that consistently practicing new skills is the biggest predictor to successfully integrating learning into your everyday environment. The Refresher program will provide an interactive opportunity for CC graduates to practice and hone the skills and strategies presented in the original CC training.

Refresher Participants will be able to:

  • Apply CC skills and strategies in a facilitated environment.
  • Collaborate with other CC graduates and facilitators to enhance their application of CC concepts.


Crucial Accountability

Program Information

Tuesday, Mar. 26

8:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Administrative and Research Center 346

Register for Crucial Accountability

Building on the skills taught in Crucial Conversations, Crucial Accountability teaches a step-by-step process for identifying and resolving performance gaps, strengthening accountability, eliminating inconsistency, and reducing resentment. This course teaches: 

  • Performance accountability - Participants learn how to talk about expectations in a way that yields two-way accountability and allows further progress to be made.
  • How to accelerate problem solving - Consistent application of the skills leads to faster problem solving, decision-making, and conflict resolution.
  • How to improve relationships & productivity - When issues are resolved and focus is restored, productivity increases, relationships are strengthened, and high-performance cultures are formed.

Graduates of the Crucial Conversations workshop are invited to attend. There is a $180 materials fee for this program.