Master of
Financial Risk
Management

September

Virtual Teams

Virtual teams have different benefits and challenges than in-person teams, and getting consistently high performance in virtual teams demands being intentional and deliberate in building a team infrastructure that solves for distance and time in collaboration. This module focuses on the essentials of online teamwork to allow participants to orchestrate strong remote collaboration and collaborative outcomes, and avoid common pitfalls of virtual teams (e.g., breakdowns in communication, feeling of disconnection, a deterioration of team culture). Students learn how to adapt to the challenges of virtual work, how to implement best communication practices, as well as strategies to remotely nurture culture and belonging in teams.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: up to 60 students


Building Resilience in the Time of Crisis

Resilience – an ability to rapidly recover from stressful and unpredictable circumstances – consists of a set of intrapersonal and interpersonal qualities that can be developed and cultivated over time, like any other skill. Times of disruption, like the current COVID pandemic, both highlight to us our own resilience skills, and provide a unique opportunity to rapidly build them. In this session, students will learn the framework that will help them use their current internal and external challenges as platforms on which to practice more effective encounter with demanding life events.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: up to 60 students

January

Making Groupwork Work

Participants receive individualized feedback on their interactions with teammates during a real-time (in-person or online) group problem-solving session. The focus is on what interactions communicate implicitly about us and our approach to professional relationships. In the session, we explore how different ways of interacting can interfere with collaborative work. Through detailed analysis of the video-recordings of the interactions with teammates, participants will learn about how they manage the complex and often hidden interpersonal dynamics involved in collaborative work. They will leave the session with a framework to help them map and manage interpersonal complexity for the purpose of improved relationships and team performance.
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)

March

Presentations

Students get individualized feedback on their performance during a presentation, including body language, tone, eye contact, verbal habits, and overall rapport and connectedness with the audience. They receive precise, timely, individualized feedback guided by a framework that challenges them to consider the impact that everything they say and do in public has on the effectiveness and efficacy of their communication, and the persuasiveness of their presentation. They will leave the session in possession of a communication compass - a set of structured questions that will help them model and understand their intent and purpose in making a presentation, and the degree to which the presentation itself achieves your purpose.
• Material: a video of your team presentation
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)

April

Advanced Presentations

Designed for students who have successfully completed Presentations, this module gives individualized, intensive feedback on the way in which you present, connect, relate to their audience and content and engage in the complicated landscape of public dialogue. The feedback is based on the video of the presentation made AFTER the Presentations module - and will therefore provide with guidance and feedback on the degree to which the changes made as a result of the first round of feedback are producing the results sought.
• Material: a video of your team presentation
• Duration: 1H
• Participants: A team (3-5 students)

Contact


Rotman School of Management,
University of Toronto
Toronto, ON M5S 3E6