What is it?
The Swift Skills Collection focuses on tools and skills we can all use to connect, collaborate and contribute to a workplace where people feel that they can bring their best selves to work every day. Each session will include one concrete resource or skill that participants can immediately apply in the workplace and beyond.
Who should go?
The Swift Skills Collection focuses on personal development and is open to all interested members of the Amherst College community. Attend any or all of the sessions.
Set Boundaries - Wednesday, August 12, 9:00 - 10:00 am
When working from home, do you find yourself working longer hours, or stepping back into “the office” to just finish up that one thing? How we set and communicate boundaries helps us fight burnout and fatigue. This session will amplify strategies for establishing boundaries for yourself and communicating them to others.
Build on Your Strengths - Wednesday, August 26, 9:00 - 10:00 am
When asked to recall important emotional events, a Harvard Business Review study found that people remember four negative memories for every positive one. Why do we focus so deeply on critique? This session will re-focus on our strengths, our skills, the things that make us who we are, and how to apply those in our work.
Ask the Right Questions - Wednesday, September 9, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Have you ever left a conversation or meeting with more questions than when you arrived? Maybe you aren’t asking the right questions. This session will cover how to ask generative questions that get useful answers.
Connect Through Listening - Wednesday, September 23, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Have you ever been in a conversation where the other person was clearly just waiting to respond instead of listening to you? Want to avoid being that person? This workshop will provide you with the skills to learn and engage in new ways through listening skills and reflective practice.
Stay Creative While Remote - Wednesday, October 7, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Feeling like you’ve lost some spark during this time of transition? Let’s dig in to some methods for jumpstarting creativity and innovative thinking while away from the physical office.
Ask for Effective Feedback - Wednesday, October 21, 9:00 - 10:00 am
The phrase “can I offer you some feedback” can illicit some uncomfortable feelings. Together, we will talk through processes for asking for, offering, and receiving feedback that is productive and useful.
Collaborate Across Groups - Thursday, November 12, 9:00 - 10:00 am
Does the word “collaboration” strike fear in you? Does it harken back to group projects where one person inevitably does all the work? In this session we will explore what collaboration actually means, when it is useful, and work through some methods for fostering true collaboration.
Celebrate Others - Wednesday, November 18, 9:00 - 10:00 am
When was the last time you highlighted a colleague for their good work? Why do we not build celebration into the culture of our groups? This session will focus on celebrating those around us as a tool for supporting comradery and community.