Cross Functional Teams: Finance Matters

October 11, 2018

On this episode of Finance Matters, we welcome guests Shannon Wampler and Josh Breeden of UVAFinance, both of whom are experienced members of a variety of cross-functional teams.  In this discussion, we share some stories of cross-functional collaboration, some lessons learned, and more than a couple of jokes.  

Spoiler alert: if you don't want to know what happens at the end of "A Star is Born," don't listen!

Resources Mentioned:

https://blog.kainexus.com/employee-engagement/cross-functional-collaboration/cross-functional-teams/11-reasons

https://www.kainexus.com/employee-engagement/cross-functional-collaboration

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Common Mistakes Managers Make: Finance Matters

October 8, 2018

On this pod, we talk about the very common mistakes managers make, and how to fix them.  Patty and Brandi discuss things like focusing on the negative, not giving enough one-on-one time, having an "open door policy," and several other topics that can easily trip up both new and seasoned managers. 

Resources mentioned: 

https://www.tlnt.com/the-most-common-mistakes-managers-make-and-how-to-fix-them/

https://www.inc.com/marcel-schwantes/8-mistakes-managers-make-according-to-their-employees.html 

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Giving and Receiving Feedback: Finance Matters

October 4, 2018

In this episode, Patty and Brandi discuss the challenges to both giving and receiving feedback, whether you're a supervisor, a colleague, or just a friend.  It's important that both positive and constructive feedback be given promptly, specifically, and kindly.  In this session, we cover tips for overcoming the barriers that keep us from giving the most helpful feedback and from receiving feedback in a constructive way.  

 

Resources mentioned: 

The One Minute Manager:  https://www.kenblanchard.com/Store/The-New-One-Minute-Manager

Classes from Talent Development at UVA:  https://leadershipexcellence.virginia.edu/classes/academic

 

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Improving the Way We Work: Finance Matters

September 20, 2018

On this pod, we welcome Judy DiVita, Interim Senior Director of Finance & Administration for UVAFinance and continuous improvement guru, to talk about how a mindset of continuous improvement can help us all to get more out of our work and enjoy it while we're at it. 

 Judy welcomes questions and comments:  JMD4NB@virginia.edu 

Office 365

Trello

To learn more, check out foc.virginia.edu for programming on Lean 

A common-sense explanation of continuous improvement:  https://jamesclear.com/continuous-improvement 

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Part Two of Brave Space: Finance Matters

September 18, 2018
Our guest for this two-part episode of Finance Matters is Valencia Harvey, Assistant Director of the Virginia College Advising Corps and member of the HoosBrave team.  You may have gotten to know Valencia as a UVAForward presenter; in this pod, we continue our conversation about Brave Space: a framework that allows us to have the courage to be challenged, to explore the uncomfortable, and to stretch, make mistakes, and learn from one another's differences. Part two of two.
 
 
Resources Mentioned: 
 
Brene Brown's video on sympathy vs. empathy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Evwgu369Jw
 
 
About Hoos Brave:
Hoos Brave?  is designed to help all participants think more deeply with more courage about our individual role in current state of discourse about race and difference.   “HoosBrave,” a crew of volunteers at UVA, has been developing and conducting interactive workshops at UVA for faculty, staff and students.  The free workshops have been offered since 2012 through the Center for Leadership Excellence. HoosBrave is both an intentionally diverse team and a philosophy that has adopted “brave space” rather than “safe space” as our working approach. 
 
To contact Valencia about HoosBrave:  vh4z@virginia.edu
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Brave Space Part One: Finance Matters

September 18, 2018
Our guest for this two-part episode of Finance Matters is Valencia Harvey, Assistant Director of the Virginia College Advising Corps and member of the HoosBrave team.  You may have gotten to know Valencia as a UVAForward presenter; in this pod, she talks with Patty and Brandi about the concept of Brave Space: a framework that allows us to have the courage to be challenged, to explore the uncomfortable, and to stretch, make mistakes, and learn from one another's differences.
 
Resources Mentioned: 
 
 
 
About Hoos Brave:
Hoos Brave?  is designed to help all participants think more deeply with more courage about our individual role in the current state of discourse about race and difference.   “HoosBrave,” a crew of volunteers at UVA, has been developing and conducting interactive workshops at UVA for faculty, staff and students.  The free workshops have been offered since 2012 through the Center for Leadership Excellence. HoosBrave is both an intentionally diverse team and a philosophy that has adopted “brave space” rather than “safe space” as our working approach. 
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A New Approach to Learning: Finance Matters

September 13, 2018

We're transforming our approach to learning in UVAFinance, with the aim of making sure learners are able to apply the concepts and skills they learn in a useful way that drives business outcomes.  It's all about results, and establishing a culture that supports the learning process.  Whether you work at UVA or not, check out today's pod for a discussion of how to get more from training, whether it's online, in person, or sought individually.

 

Resources Mentioned: 

The 6D's of Breakthrough Learning:  http://the6ds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Introduction-to-the-6Ds-3.0.pdf

Finance Outreach and Compliance Site:  http://foc.virginia.edu/

FOC's curated Lynda.com content:  http://foc.virginia.edu/lyndacom

Email Finance Outreach and Compliance:  finance-outreach@virginia.edu

www.uvafinance.blogspot.com 

http://uvafinance.blogspot.com/2018/09/transforming-our-approach-to-learning.html

 

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Collaboration Fatigue: Finance Matters

August 2, 2018

Every great organization encourages teamwork and collaboration, and for good reason:  the rewards in productivity and morale are great.  As workplaces become more and more collaborative, though, there's something we should watch out for:  collaboration fatigue.  Did you know that 20 - 35 % of all value-added collaboration comes from just 3-5 % of employees?  That can put some employees on the path to burnout while leaving a significant portion of the workforce untapped.  Patty and Brandi discuss this topic with guest Jessica Rafter, UBI Community Manager. 

 

Resources mentioned: 

 https://hbr.org/2016/01/collaborative-overload 

https://www.wsj.com/articles/you-could-be-too-much-of-a-team-player-1532352464?mod=hp_lead_pos10

https://www.robcross.org/collaborative-overload/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/crossrob/

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The Power of Contemplation: Finance Matters

July 24, 2018
We're taking Finance Matters on the road today to the Contemplative Sciences Center, where we visit with Executive Director David Germano.  Our conversation this week is about contemplation: how to pause, reflect, and stay fully aware in the hectic lives we lead.  If you're interested in building resilience, responding better to change, and generally flourishing, please take a listen!
 
Visit the Contemplative Sciences Center website to learn more.
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Work Life Balance: Finance Matters (FEAP series 3 of 3)

July 24, 2018
It's not really possible to separate our work life and our home life -- our lives are busy, complex, stressful . . . and impossible to compartmentalize.  In part three of our three-part series with experts from FEAP, Mary Sherman talks us through how to achieve better work/life integration, and thus have a more harmonious, purposeful life.  
 
Resources mentioned:  
FEAP Website:  https://www.medicalcenter.virginia.edu/feap
Character.org
Free Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator:  https://psychcentral.com/quizzes/personality/start.php
Free DISC Personality Quiz:  https://www.123test.com/disc-personality-test/
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