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Managing Smart: Engaged Managers, Engaged Employees

By Jathan Janove The responsibility of full engagement does not fall solely on employees. An employee may be engaged in one organization or department and disengaged in another environment. Or, the employee may start off engaged and then slowly move into the disengaged, or transactional, category. Managers often hold the keys to whether employees are […]

What We Are Reading

Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success By Keith Houck, Vice President of Operations & Finance In the book “Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success” readers are exposed to a six-element framework for approaching both personal and organizational change. The book moves our focus away from relying on will-power alone and helps […]

A Letter from the Director of Employee Relations

Dear Supervisors, Joining Valencia College is a wonderful opportunity and I am honored to become part of this family as the director of employee relations. As part of the office for organizational communication and development, the purpose of employee relations is to assist in the employer-employee relationship, which plays an integral part of satisfactory motivation, […]

Managing Smart: Transform into a Great Leader

By Sam Standard, Ph.D. When it comes to leading, how good are you? I mean, really? As leaders, most of us take pride in our ability to work with others, be agents of change, and guide teams through the ups and downs of operational life. Typically, we have strengths and weaknesses. Transformational leaders admit weaknesses […]

Supervisory Competencies Certification Program: Register ...

Register now for the Essential Supervisory Competencies Certificate Program, created especially for supervisors. If you would like to participate in this program, you must first attend the introductory workshop on Tuesday, October 2. This highly impactful program focuses on the five key Valencia supervisory competencies: Communication, Collaboration, Manage Performance, Create a Culture for Employee Success, […]

Managing Smart: Mind Your Reputation

By Chris Komisarjevsky If you ask people you admire if reputation is an important component of their careers, the answer undoubtedly will be “yes.” Ask them how they built their reputations, and the response likely will include the time it took and how it needs to be guarded, recognizing that a good reputation can be […]

Managing Smart: Reduce Fear of Rejection to Increase Cont...

By Ann Tardy Every person wants to make a contribution but fears rejection of their ideas. The push of wanting to make a difference leads us to want to make contributions, but the pull of rejection of those contributions by our supervisors and peers can hinder progress. Leaders can help employees minimize that fear and […]

What We Are Reading

Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities By Montez Bates, Manager of Learning Support Services on West Campus As a participant in the QEP (Quality Enhancement Plan) Reading Circle this summer where I read the book “Bridges out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities,” I learned that poverty is relative. At any […]

Share the Air – Gear Up to Go Smoke Free

In a few short weeks, on Monday, August 27, Valencia’s smoke-free campus policy goes into effect. Please take time to review the tools and resources below to ensure that you and your team are prepared for this transition. Share the Air Toolkit Complete with a training guide for supervisors, pocket cards, informational brochures, smoking cessation pamphlets, […]

Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses – Business is an...

“The best managers and supervisors have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics.” This quote is from Geoffrey James, award-winning journalist, in an article titled “8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses,” published on After interviewing some of the most successful CEOs in the world, James derived a set of eight core […]