April 2022 Newsletter

What Motivates YOU?

Dream itStruggling to maintain motivation? You are not alone. Harvard Business Review recently reported that 53% of employees reported feeling more exhausted and 57% feel more anxious since the outbreak of the pandemic.

Our mental and physical well-being directly impact our motivation. How we address this for ourselves and our teams is up to us. We have the power to find and practice positive ways to build strength, resilience and - yes - motivation to live our best lives, even in the midst of uncertainty.

We’ve gleaned some easy hacks to get you started:

START: Sometimes tasks can seem overwhelming. Start with something simple and enjoyable to “prime the pump”. 

REMEMBER: Think of past successes, and how you felt when you achieved them. (My favorite brings to mind the song “Happy”!)

DANCE: Movement - especially movement we enjoy - triggers a release of dopamine which lifts mood and increases energy levels.

LISTEN: Music that lifts your mood, a positive podcast, birds, children giggling… you get the picture!

EAT: A variety of foods provide mood-lifting benefits that help to energize us in a sustainable way: nuts and seeds, berries and bananas, beans and lentils, coffee and dark chocolate are just a few of the (delicious!) options.

SMILE: When you smile your brain releases tiny molecules called neuropeptides to help fight off stress. And it lifts the mood of others around you. A win-win!

We believe in you - you’ve got this!

Featured Tech Skills Course

Tech Skills

Twitter for Professionals: Analyzing Audiences & User Behavior

With Twitter Analytics, you can get detailed information on how users are interacting with your tweets. Find out how to analyze global trends and engagement, explore audience metrics, and track tweet interaction and conversion events.

Course time: 48 minutes


Mindfulness Wellness Circle

mind body soul

The seven foundations of mindfulness (non-judging, patience, beginner’s mind, trust, non-striving, acceptance, letting go); sitting meditation; body scan meditation practice; eating meditation practice; mindful yoga; and incorporating mindfulness on the go.

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The Five Elements of Wellbeing

Mental Health

During this workshop, participants will take the Gallup Wellbeing Index and participate in activities and reflection to help define their levels of Wellbeing in each of the five elements. Time will also be spent on identifying the gaps between current Wellbeing and what the ideal state of thriving Wellbeing is for the five elements.

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WATCH THIS EVERYDAY AND CHANGE YOUR LIFE - Denzel Washington Motivational Speech 2021

Entrenched Conflict to Calm Collaboration – Using “De-escalation Listening”

This workshop focuses on how to employ “de-escalation listening,” a type of active listening that creates space for collaboration and problem-solving.

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Smart Goals
This “hands-on” workshop will allow participants to create meaningful and effective SMART goals in real time as we take a process-oriented, step-by-step approach to exploring the functionality of SMART goals and what makes them so effective. 

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Personal Accountability

success solution
This course will introduce you to the importance of personal accountability and outline strategies for developing a personal accountability formula to help you succeed.

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Featured Soft Skills Course

Soft Skills

How to be Happy at Work: The Power of Purpose, Hope and Friendships

Dr. Annie McKee will present a compelling argument for why happiness at work is good for us—and for our companies too. Her presentation is backed by solid research, and is profoundly practical as well. Participants will gain new insights about how to use emotional intelligence to be better colleagues and managers, and how to build a positive culture in their teams. She will share techniques to take charge of your own happiness at work, find deeper meaning in what you do, focus on hope for the future, and build better, stronger relationships in the workplace.

Course time:  60 minutes


Decisions, Decisions! Creative Problem Solving and Decision-Making Techniques

Decisions Plan AB
In this workshop you will learn and apply creative thinking techniques to problems, learn and practice a method of Problem Solving which can be applied to nearly any situation, and learn four styles of effective Decision Making and match them to appropriate situations.

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 On the Bookshelf


DRIVE: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us

by Daniel Pink

Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That's a mistake, says Daniel Pink. In this provocative and persuasive book, he asserts that the secret to high performance and satisfaction - at work, at school, and at home - is the deeply human need to direct our own lives, to learn and create new things, and to do better by ourselves and our world.

Find the Book at the Cal Poly Humboldt Library

Leading Your Team through Change

Change requires more than a tactical plan; it requires that all those responsible for and impacted by the change are ready to engage. In this course, you will learn foundational concepts, tools and strategies to successfully lead your team through change, based on Procsi's internationally utilized ADKAR model. This is being offered as part of Humboldt's People-Centered Change Initiative.

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Nurturing Emotional Well-Being

Mind Full or Mindful?
Having a positive outlook on wellbeing affects how we interact in the world. For example, how we manage our relationship with self, relationships with others, communicate, what we think and feel and embrace all of who we are. You will learn tips on how to nurture your emotional wellbeing.

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CSU's Got Talent

Thriving in the Future of Work

"Thriving in the Future of Work: Hybrid Working and Team Management" April 20 from 10:00 - 11:00 AM PT


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Upcoming Classes

Onboarding New and Reassigned Employees

Employee Onboarding
This course will equip anyone with employee onboarding responsibilities with clear guidelines and best practices for onboarding new and reassigned employees.

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Digital Badges in Canvas

canvas badges
In this workshop you will discover the “why” and “how” of digital badging through Canvas. You will come away with an understanding of the value of digital badges and the skills for how to implement a badging system using Badgr in your Canvas course as well as common pitfalls to avoid.

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Positive Psychology

Join this engaging and interactive learning experience on how positive psychology can lead to personal and professional success. We will explore the happiness advantage principles that can help shift our mindset through positive psychology.

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How to Electrify Your Drive – The Switch to an Electric Car

toy electric car
Have you been thinking about driving electric, but still have questions? How will I charge? How far can I go? How expensive is it? Will I miss stopping at the gas station? (Spoiler Alert: Nope!)

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Tech Tips

7 smart steps to get your Android phone in tip-top shape for 2022

These simple bits of maintenance will clean up your Android companion and give you a maximally efficient foundation for the new year.

Read the Article in Computerworld

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