Supervisors in Higher Ed don't get the support and training they need to be effective in their roles.
That means every day you're wasting time and energy trying to juggle everything on your plate.
It probably also means you're carrying around a ton of stress and self-doubt.
We've been supervisors in Higher Ed for over 35 years. We know the joys it can bring, but we've also had our share of struggles. One of the most frustrating parts, is that no one ever told us how to supervise other human beings, much less how to balance that role with getting our own work done.
Being a people-person isn't enough. You need to understand your role as a supervisor and develop the right skills to lead you and your team to success. Most of us are just going around asking other folks - who also never got trained BTW - what we should do. That doesn't work. It just wastes your time and energy and causes more stress.
We talk to supervisors working in Higher Ed every day. So many of you tell us the same thing, "I'm not getting the support I need to be successful." And even more alarming, "I can't keep going like this."
What you want — to become a more effective supervisor and show up authentically in your leadership role — seems too far out of reach sometimes.
But change is possible! And you’ve already taken the first step—realizing that you need the right training and support to become a truly empowered, authentic leader.
Imagine what it would be like to…
At Strengths University, we get it. We know the challenges, the frustrations, and the joys of leading a team. We want to help you manage the stress and chaos, so you can better lead your team, support your students, and have more balance in your life.
We took everything we’ve learned in 35+ years of experience with supervising in higher education—and we packaged it all into one of the most transformative leadership programs our industry has ever seen.
We've combined asynchronous learning with group and individual coaching, so you can maximize what you're learning and, even more importantly, implement what you've learned.
Our proprietary program will give you the skills and knowledge you need to be a more effective supervisor. You get access to the modules for a full year, so you can go back and review it, as needed.
Every week, the cohort will meet to discuss insights, answer questions, and discuss ways to integrate what you've learned. We'll also record these calls in case something comes up and you have to miss!
You're bound to have personal questions and concerns, so you also get three 30-minute individual coaching calls.You can use them to get personalized feedback or work through specific issues.
The CliftonStrengths Report for Managers
Knowing what your talents are and how to maximize them is crucial to becoming an effective leader, so you'll get Gallup's CliftonStrengths for Managers Report, with your Top 10 Talent Themes.
"Anne and Alicia do a good job of establishing trust and I felt comfortable with them. It was so helpful to have a third party to talk about issues who had an outsider's perspective."
Director of Workforce Development
& Employment Services
"If you're looking for ideas on where to start the process of improving your leadership skills, this is the place to do it. The Institute focuses on processing through the topics not just theoretically, but practically."
Senior Manager, Student Life
"I passed on the Supervisor Strengths Institute the first time it was offered, and I almost did so again, because I felt like I was 'too busy.' However, I am SO GLAD that I took the time to hit the pause button and to invest in myself!"
Director of Admissions
The Institute starts September 21st...
...and ends November 16th, so you can
focus on the end of the semester!
Did you know energy is your most valuable resource? Yet, we often waste our energy working on things that aren't productive - or in ways that are productive. That leaves you feeling exhausted at work and at home. In this first week, we'll talk about how to better protect your energy, so you can use it for the things that are most important to you.
Your talents impact how you interact with the world. When you use your talents productively, they can drive you and your team to new levels of success. But what most people don't know is your talents can just as easily show up as weaknesses. You'll learn how to better manage your talents, so your more effective and productive.
Supervisors experience more stress than the folks they supervise. Left unchecked, it will negatively impact how you show up as a supervisor. Self-care isn't just a buzz word, it's crucial for your success and wellbeing. You'll learn the real impact of stress and how to develop a daily self-care practice that will allow you to be more effective.
The greatest leaders aren't good at everything. They focus their energy on their strengths and surround themselves with folks who excel in other areas. You'll discover your own authentic leadership style, one that stems from your unique talents. Once you know who you are as a leader, you can better manage your energy and prioritize your time.
Employees want a coach. Developing a system to consistently coach your team is one of the most effective things you can do as a supervisor. Coaching improves team performance and productivity. You'll learn how to coach your team, so you can help them focus their energy on their talents and give them opportunities for development.
One of the most challenging parts of a supervisor's job is managing your team's performance. Unfortunately, managing performance can be stressful when you don't have an effective system. You'll learn how to set clear expectations and hold folks accountable, whether it's celebrating successes or dealing with failure.
One of the things we hear from everyone is "there's been a lot of change here." Change is inevitable, and often stressful. Throughout the Institute, you'll discover ways you and your team can improve. This week, you'll learn to roll out those changes in a way that minimizes stress to you and your team and increases your chance of success.
The last week of the Institute is focused on action. You'll review what you've learned in the first seven weeks, then develop your path forward, with consideration to the specific needs of your institution. That way when the Institute is finished, you can move forward, focusing on exactly what you need to do to get the results you want.
We founded Strengths University in 2017 to support supervisors in Higher Ed. Together we have over 35 years of experience supervising in Higher Ed. We know how rewarding it can be, but we were frustrated that while so much of a team's success depends on the supervisor, folks rarely received the training they needed to be successful. We're here to give supervisors in Higher Ed the training and support they need to become more effective, empowered, and less stressed.
We use both a strengths-based and a wholistic approach in our coaching and training. We became Gallup Certified Strengths Coaches in 2016, and use the CliftonStrengths framework to help you adopt what you're learning in a way that will work with your unique talents. We also take a wholistic approach because how you show up in the world, impacts how you show up in your supervisor role.
CHIEF ENGAGEMENT OFFICER
Ideation | Context | Adaptability | Input | Strategic
Anne worked in Residence Life for 20 years until she left to serve as the Chief Engagement Officer of Strengths University. She has a Master's Degree in Education with a Student Affairs emphasis from Texas Tech University.
CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICER
Connectedness | Developer | Individualization | Input | Arranger
Alicia has worked in Higher Ed since 2009 in a variety of areas - Res Life, Disability Services, and Academic Support. Alicia currently works as the Coordinator of Life Coaching at Maryville University, in addition to her role at Strengths University. She has an MSW from University of Missouri - St. Louis.
Want your team to be more productive? Want your students to be more engaged? How you supervise directly impacts how successful your team and students will be!
The Institute is a great value...
8-Week Supervisor Summer Camp Curriculum (Value: $800)
9 Group Coaching Calls (Value: $1,200)
3 Individual Coaching Calls (Value: $225)
CliftonStrengths Report for Managers (Value: $39.99)
1-Year Access to Online Content (Value: $250)
That's a total value of $2,514.00!
$795 (for ACPA members)
$999 (for non-members)
Do you have multiple people from your department or institution interested? After one person from your team registers, your additional team members will get $100 off! See details on how to register below.
Fall 2022 Supervisor Strengths Institute
September 21 - November 16
8-Weeks of Online Learning Modules, designed to help you better understand yourself and your role as a supervisor.
9 Group Success & Accountability Calls, to discuss content, ask questions, and get support from your Institute cohort.
3 Individual Success & Accountability Calls, to help you work through specific situations and focus on your own needs.
CliftonStrengths Report for Managers, so you can better understand and manage your Top 10 Talent Themes.
Need to Pay by Invoice?
If you need to pay by invoice, no problem! Just use the coupon code INVOICE when you register. Be sure to answer the registration question asking whether the invoice is just for your registration or if it should include the registration for other members of your team.
NOTE: Even if you are paying for multiple people on one invoice, everyone on your team will need to register individually.
Team Member Discount
We love it when teams participate together! To encourage you to bring your teammates, only the first person on your team will pay the full price. The rest of your team members will get $100 off their registration fee, with the Team Discount Rate. If you're the first person from your team to register, select the regular rate. If someone from your team has already registered, select the Team Discount Rate.
"I have the opportunity to connect people with leadership training as part of my work at the college and have experience with many types of high quality and effective leadership training programs. Strengths University is by far the most life-changing training I have encountered. Anne and Alicia provide the right balance and experience to provide effective leadership training using the Gallup Strengths as a framework. This is worth the investment for leaders of any organization."
Executive Director - Learning Force
"Are you hoping to learn more about yourself so that you can be the best colleague or leader? This is the class for you. I think self-reflection is such an important part of being a leader (and human). When we take the time to recognize what we bring to the table - where we can best use our strengths - there are usually better outcomes. This course allows you to dig deep and do the work to better understand how you tick - both alone and in a team setting."
Assistant Director, Events and
"The honesty and trust was immediately present because the team was so real. My biggest a-ha moment was how to use my strengths to change the narrative in my role as a leader and be more open about why I am passionate about student access and how that drives me and my other strengths. I am so happy that I will have access to the work for an extended period of time. Also take advantage of every minute you can have with Anne. Anne is amazing!"
VP for Enrollment Management & Marketing
We only offer the Institute once a semester. If you've felt stressed and overwhelmed this summer, last semester, or even longer, the only way to make your future better is to make a change now.
The 2022 Fall Institute begins with our first group call on Wednesday, September 21st at 11AM (CST). The deadline to sign up for the 2022 Fall Institute is 5PM (CST), Monday, September 19th, but don't wait until the last minute. Make this investment in your success and wellbeing today!