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Braintrust: A collaboration on trust

From: Human Resources

The future of work has uncovered needs and introduced opportunities for how our workforce will evolve and function tomorrow. This means we must explore and learn to understand the values and innovative ideas of our peers in the room to help us know what to do next. Talent Development is exploring this through Braintrust.

Interactive Braintrust sessions lead to sharing insights, aspirations, and resources, as well as inspiring innovative thinking, encouraging creativity, and building community. These sessions are for faculty and staff to provide their input around a specific topic, to explore ideas that inspire change, to engage in creative problem-solving, and contribute to professional development opportunities.

In each of the 3.5-hour sessions participants will provide insight and perspectives, through the use of Appreciative Inquiry, on their personal experiences and observations that identify strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results (SOAR) around various themes that impact our future of work. By using the SOAR model to explore experiences and insights, we all will share ideas and collect qualitative experiences that will be used in the following ways:

  • To develop and improve programs and resources for all university employees.
  • To identify key topics and opportunities for training program development as part of the Talent Development strategic plan.
  • To create space and opportunity for continuing collaboration on ideas that evolve into resources, training, programs, research, etc.
  • To identify learners who want to collaborate for the development of ideas and partnerships.

Our next topic is trust. 

Trust is an assurance of the character, ability, or talent of another person. Trust is about confidence in another person but begins with an awareness of our own self-confidence around establishing and gauging trust. 

In this Braintrust session, participants will engage in an exploration of constructive trust experiences and in a discussion of the elements and conditions that exist around the development and destruction of trust with others. 

The Braintrust session on trust will take place by Zoom on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. Register here for the session.  

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