Calvin Seminary Supervisor Training





Session 1: The DoKnowBe Tree (April 13, 2017)
Session 2: Trust and Effective Communication (May 4, 2017)
Session 3: A Human System, Feedback, and Conflict (May 25, 2017)

Small Groups

Group 1: Aaron, Carolyn, Geoff, Jim
Group 2: Bob, Jinny, Ronald
Group 3: Dave, Jeff S, Rachael
Group 4: Karen, Jul, Mariano, Scott

A Challenge

We covered a great deal of content in our time together, and it was a busy time of the year for many of you with graduation, annual reviews, and General Synod approaching. I challenged you at the end of our final session to identify how you could use our time together and your time with your small groups as a launch pad for real change. The specific question that I left you with was this: What do you want to do differently as a supervisor in order to help your team, the seminary, and yourself?

Below are the videos from our large group sessions and some of the questions I asked you to think through between our sessions (plus some additional questions specific to our third session on feedback and conflict). I will keep these live through the end of 2017.

Calvin Seminary Supervisor Training: A Leadership Framework

Session 1: The DoKnowBe Tree

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What are your responsibilities to your direct reports? What do you believe you are doing well as a supervisor? What are you not doing that would make you a better supervisor to your staff?
  2. The DoKnowBe Tree illustrates how different we all are, and yet we tend to behave as if we all have the same root system (beliefs, values, and so on). What are some of the relationships you have with colleagues where you both would benefit from more fully understanding each other's root systems? What conflicts are you having that might be because of different beliefs and values?
  3. Read through the first three parts of The Human System, listed below. Do you agree with these statements? What thoughts do you have to further flesh these out?
    1. People are unique, with different beliefs, values, passions, gifts/voids, and wiring.
    2. People are dysfunctional, some are just quirky and others lead a wake of destruction behind them.
    3. People are blind, especially to their gifts and to the way their dysfunctions affects others.

Session 2: Trust and Effective Communication

Questions for Reflection:

  1. Where is it hard for people to hear what you're saying because your actions are too loud? What are you ready to do about that?
  2. Where is it hard for people to trust you because your actions get in the way? What are you ready to do about that?
  3. Review the listening portion of the slides (the PDF was attached to the session 2 follow-up email). How can you become a better listener? Who do you need to take the time to listen to in order to build a more trusting relationship?

Session 3: A Human System, Feedback, and Conflict

Questions for Reflection:

  1. What opportunities do you have to take one step further in giving specific positive and constructive feedback?
  2. What can you do to solicit honest feedback from others?
  3. What conflicts or difficult conversations have you been avoiding? What are you going to do about that?
  4. Do you have regular one-on-ones with your direct reports? How might you use this time to help your direct reports grow? How can you use this time to practice some of the what you learned through the supervisor training?