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June 24th, 2014

June Snacks and Skills also touched on a particular skillset termed as learning agility. Known as the ability to adapt, learn from past experiences and feedback and embrace innovation and change, Korn Ferry Talent and Leadership Consulting considers learning agility to be the top predictor of long-term professional success. Through their longitudinal study of business [...]

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June 24th, 2014

What are your greatest transferrable skills? How do you market those skills to your future employer? Are you an agile learner, and if so, how do you leverage such a skill in the job hunt? These are the questions explored in UI’s June Snacks and Skills. To see the entire presentation, access the Prezi. Such [...]

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June 23rd, 2014

Earlier this spring, the Office of University Initiatives launched the Action Collab Design Process to discover opportunities and solutions to heighten ASU’s social embeddedness landscape. (For a recap of the first part of this process, read this blog.) On June 19, a second group of community engagement practitioners from across the institution gathered to tackle [...]

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May 8th, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Uncategorized / Comments (7)

In efforts to address possibilities and solutions surrounding challenges in social embeddedness, the Office of University Initiatives at ASU hosted the first stage of an Action Collaboration Design Process (Action Collab). Throughout this process, we convened multiple community engagement stakeholders from across the institution and collectively interviewed, in rapid-fire fashion, a sampling of them. Participants [...]

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April 29th, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (1)

UI embraced true Snack and Skill synergy for its April Snacks and Skills presentation, “Brain Food and Mood Food”. When it comes to your level of alertness, memory effectiveness, cognitive ability and overall mood, the food you consume plays a major role. And in a fast-paced environment like UI, staying alert, focused and mentally prepared [...]

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April 24th, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

For March Snacks and Skills, UI received an audit… on our LinkedIn profiles. Thanks to Barbara Aarestad, an expert career advisor in ASU’s Career Services on the Polytechnic Campus, we got to see how we measured up on the business-oriented social network. Marketability on LinkedIn is critical, as two people per second join LinkedIn, further [...]

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February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Opportunities, Reflections, Uncategorized / Comments (0)

Institutions of higher education are environments of silos, with most units functioning in isolation. ASU is no exception. Faculty and staff remain in their unit, department and college with narrow lenses and even slimmer variety of perspectives. When people do the same things, work in the same groups and tackle problems the same way, repetition [...]

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February 21st, 2014
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (3)

This Valentine’s Day, UI celebrated with a very special Snacks and Skills. Our own resident expert, Trevor J. Eagle, led the group through an introduction of Happiness and Positive Psychology. This discussion provided mindful reflection on how to reach authentic happiness and live a full life. Components of a Full Life 1. Pleasant life: Acting [...]

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February 21st, 2014

2014 has gotten off to a tremendously busy start—so busy, in fact, that I have fallen behind on my blog posts! In mid-January, we kicked off the Spring Snacks and Skills with the topic Ergonomics in the Workplace. Rick Bauer, Program Manager in the Office of Environmental Health and Safety, walked our office through the [...]

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December 17th, 2013
Posted by: Jessica Eldridge in Reflections, Snacks and Skills, Uncategorized / Comments (1)

This month’s Snacks and Skills centered on Stress Management and Resiliency- perfectly timed for the hectic holiday season! I’d like to thank our special guest, ASU Employee Assistance Counselor Amber Wonder, for presenting on the topic. The conversation centered on a series of questions. What is stress? When do you feel stressed? How do you [...]

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