SAIL Workshops

Invite SAIL to your campus to deliver any of the following private workshops. Train up to 50 participants without the need to travel. This list of workshops is not complete – SAIL partners with campuses to design and deliver custom workshops based on your needs. Submit a workshop request so we can learn more about you.

Nurturing Well-being: Strategies for Higher Education Leaders

This workshop covers various aspects of stress management and well-being, providing both theoretical understanding and practical strategies for higher education leaders to implement in their professional and personal lives. Participants will gain practical strategies, insights, and tools to effectively manage stress, prioritize well-being, and lead with resilience in their demanding leadership roles.

Cultivating a Culture of Wellbeing in Your Team

This workshop is designed to help higher education leaders foster a culture of wellbeing within their teams. Participants will be equipped with the knowledge, strategies and practical tools to create and nurture a culture of wellbeing within their teams, leading to improved morale, productvity, and overall team satisfaction.

Fostering Emotional Intelligence in Your Team

In this workshop, higher education leaders will gain practical tools, actionable strategies, and insights to effectively foster emotional intelligence within their teams, leading to improved communication, collaboration, and overall team performance.

Mindful Conflict Resolution: Navigating Differences with Presence

Participants will gain practical techniques, insights, and tools to approach conflicts with mindfulness, empathy and presence, leading to more effective and harmonious conflict resolution within their teams, and fostering a culture  of constructive conflict resolution within their institutions.

Mindful Team Feedback: Constructive Critique with Compassion

Learning Outcomes
• Define mindful team feedback and its significance in higher education leadership
• Understand the impact of providing compassionate and non-judgmental feedback on team dynamics
• Recognize the connection between mindfulness and compassionate feedback delivery
• Apply mindfulness techniques to foster compassion, self-compassion, and empathy
• Utilize mindful listening techniques to enhance understanding during feedback
• Integrate mindfulness into ongoing feedback practices
• Identify opportunities to integrate mindful feedback practices into leadership roles

Building Psychological Safety in your Teams

Leaders play a pivotal role in fostering psychological safety within a team or organizaton. Their actons, behaviors, and attitudes set the tone for the work environment and greatly influence how team members feel aboutexpressing themselves, taking risks, and contributng their ideas. This workshop equips participants with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to create a team environment where members feel comfortable sharing ideas, taking risks, and collaborating openly without fear of judgment or reprisal.

Crucial Conversations Training

A crucial conversation is a discussion between two or more people
where the stakes are high, opinions vary, and emotions run strong. These conversations—when handled poorly or ignored—lead to strained relationships and dismal results.

At our Crucial Conversations training, you will learn skills for creating alignment and agreement by fostering open dialogue around high-stakes, emotional, or risky topics—at all levels of your organization. By learning how to speak and be heard (and encouraging others to do the same), you’ll surface the best ideas, make the highest-quality
decisions, and then act on your decisions with unity and commitment.

We are offering an in-person training November 6-7 in Syracuse, NY, as well as a series of online sessions beginning October 15. 

Leadership Resilience

Perhaps the greatest challenge that leaders in higher education endure is their ability to rebound from adversity. This workshop will explore the art and science of building resilience as well as a methodology for increasing resiliency skills through dialogue and understanding. This includes the ability to face the realities of situations, seek meaning and purpose, and re-invent mental models of success for the future.

Neuroscience in Higher Education Leadership

Recent findings in neuroscience and the field of leadership converge to offer spectacular insight and substantial evidence to how anxiety, emotions, and behavior influence performance and our ability to be emotionally nimble through times of stress. This hands-on, interactive workshop will explore how five frameworks (Organizational, Behavioral, Biological, Cultural, and Evolutionary) come together to shape our workplaces into spaces of creativity, or crisis.

Leading High Performing Teams on Campus

Improving your skills as a leader will inspire both you and the individuals on your team striving to achieve the team’s objectives. You will leave this session with strategies for team building, coaching your team, creating an inclusive environment, addressing the challenges facing higher education, setting expectations, and keeping accountability at the forefront.

Leading Through Change & Conflict
This leadership development session will arm you with strategies to focus on the leadership skills needed in higher education to reorganize people when needed, create positive working cultures using straight talk, lean into difficult conversations and provide feedback. This session will explore the impacts of social media for leaders in an academic culture, and prepare you to lead a multi-generational workforce amidst a tidal wave of change.

The Emotionally Intelligent Higher Education Leader

Lead and manage others at your campus and beyond, using the Emotional Intelligence model, with a focus on your strengths and opportunities for growth in: Self-awareness, motivation, empathy, social skills, and self-regulation.

Assertive Communications: Leading Difficult Conversations on Campus

In this session we will explore personal communication styles, discuss how to deal with aggressive and passive individuals, be more assertive in times of conflict and handle manipulation and defensiveness. Participants will better understand the impact of their non-verbal cues as well and get tips on how to give feedback quickly and easily to seek win-win results.  This interactive session will give you hands on practice and practical techniques to improve your communication and confidence in handling any difficult conversation. 

Transformational Leadership for Student Success
One thing we can all agree on is that the pace of change is growing exponentially. In the higher education landscape changes vary from subtle to complex, challenging leaders to adapt in order to meet and exceed the needs of students. How can higher education leaders ensure they remain focused on student success despite the constant swirl of changes?

Empowered Supervision for Organizational Performance in Higher Education

In order to be an effective supervisor it is critically important to understand all the dynamics involved. This session will engage participants in discussions surrounding the difference between staff supervision and staff development, the basic needs of people in groups and how to meet them, and the stages of group development and how they interplay with how the organization changes. Working in a unionized environment is another dynamic that must be considered, and will be a focus of the workshop. We will review a staff coaching model, effective ways to give feedback, and motivation techniques. Participants will develop a 21 day action plan to implement with their teams to increase their overall effectiveness.

Discovering My Leadership Voice

This one-day workshop will focus on assembling a plan for your leadership future through hands-on, interactive, engaging, and entertaining platforms. Participants will explore their own strengths and opportunities for growth in leadership in the following areas: goal setting/action planning, problem solving, addressing and resolving conflict, communication, organization and influence.

Shifting Mindsets for Successful Leadership in Higher Education

As leaders traverse their career, they carry with them specific experiences which shape their perceptions in many ways.  One of the challenges that leaders endure is the mindset that is reticent to shift directions.  If leaders are to make any inroads with colleagues and students, the ability to pivot from one framework of thinking to another, in quick and seamless fashion, requires an open mind and a nimble approach.  The ability to reframe the mind toward actionable resolutions and high levels of engagement requires that leaders work to listen, learn, and lead accordingly.  This engaging, hands-on workshop will equip leaders with the necessary tools to return to their campuses with a renewed sense and vision of potential for themselves, and those that they lead.

Pricing: $6,000 one-day rate

Call or email us to learn more and discuss the possibilities.

Note: Additional topics and custom workshops are also available.

Carolyn Mattiske, Director

SAIL Institute for Academic & Innovative Leadership 

The State University of New York

353 Broadway, Albany, New York 12246

Tel: 518.445.4201