Get a grip on stress and your career with HR’s help

Careers do a turnaround with these classes from Human Resources. For course locations and more information, call 215-898-3400 or visit www.hr.upenn.edu/learning. Registration required.

John Kotter on Leading Change

The ability to master the complexities of an ever-changing corporate environment is central to the success of leaders and organizations. What demands will a fast-moving, more turbulent business climate place on those in positions of leadership? What skills are needed to cope with these demands?

John Kotter, professor of leadership at the Harvard Business School, answers these questions in this live satellite broadcast. Widely regarded as the world expert on topics of leadership and change, Kotter is the author of “Masushita Leadership” and “Leading Change.” His articles in the Harvard Business Review over the past 20 years have sold more reprints than any of the hundreds of distinguished authors who have written for that publication during the same time period.

You can now view the broadcast in one of two ways—at your desktop or in the Learning and Education Training Center. Take your pick.

- Dec. 10, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., free

Managing Stress

This video presents updated, research-based information on work-related stress, helping the viewer to become more aware of alternative means of coping with tension-inducing events. The video highlights how feelings of stress occur frequently in positions that carry more responsibility than authority or in a working environment that lacks a supportive network.

Get tips on how to alleviate tension and anxiety, from learning how to communicate with fellow workers to techniques on how to reduce your own personal reactions to stressful situations.

- Dec. 11, noon. to 1 p.m., free

Worksmarts: How to Get Along, Get Noticed and Get Ahead

No matter what position you hold, it’s important to do the job well. By following a few simple strategies you can easily “get along, get noticed and get ahead” in your career. Whether you want to improve your current job or position yourself for a new one, this video will give you an edge. A private self-assessment follows the video. Popcorn provided.

- Dec. 13, noon to 1 p.m., free

Preparing for Greater Responsibility

To excel in today’s work environment, you need to know how to communicate strategically, work in a team and juggle new assignments with current responsibilities. In this two-day course, you’ll learn how to think analytically; hone your problem-solving skills; and get tips on how to remain positive.

- Dec. 17 and 18, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $50

Projecting a Positive Professional Image

Although image is not the source of success, it is a factor that can prevent it. Join this session and learn how to make the most of your own unique self-image. This course will teach you how to look, act, and dress for your current position, as well as for career advancement; read the body language of others; use eye contact, gestures, stance, and tone to send the right message; convey poise and confidence; and polish your professional speech. To help you see yourself as others see you, you’ll be videotaped.

- Jan. 14 and 15, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., $50

Journey to Success

This video about Bill Irwin, the first blind man to hike the Appalachian Trail, will inspire you to set your own goals and to think positively. Apply Irwin’s risk-taking philosophy to your own career and follow his road to success by building a supportive network. Popcorn provided.

- Jan. 31, noon to 1 p.m., free

Originally published on December 5, 2002