Tara Morrow is the KBP and Education Manager in the Rural Health Education and Services office at the KU Medical Center. She manages a loan forgiveness program and develops and delivers curriculum to organizations across Kansas and Colorado helping support positive organizational cultures and increasing employee engagement. Tara received her B.A. from Fort Hays State University in Communications and a M.S.E. from the University of Kansas in Educational Policy and Leadership. She has been teaching communication, leadership, and cultural awareness courses for over 20 years at the university level in Wichita.
Effective Communication Strategies
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 1:30 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.
Communication is one of the most important aspects of interacting with others. In this one-hour session, participants will practice the communication strategy of “Describe, not just Evaluate” and learn specific techniques to use when requesting something from someone.
Thursday, January 11, 2024, 2:20 p.m. - 3:20 p.m.
Based on the Thomas-Killman Model, participants will take a Conflict Styles Inventory. This self-assessment provides participants with feedback on their preferred conflict management styles. Managing conflict is assessed on a scale of assertiveness and cooperativeness. Assertiveness is the extent an individual attempts to satisfy their own concerns, while cooperativeness is the extent of trying to satisfy the other parties. With this instrument, participants understand how using different conflict management styles affects relationships and group dynamics, empowering them to choose the best approach for any situation.
Friday, January 12, 2024, 10:10 - 11:05 a.m.
Motivation is the force that draws one to move toward something. Participants will examine various types of motivation approaches and identify the type of incentives in which they respond. In turn, this will help drive themselves and others toward success.
Friday, January 12, 2024, 11:10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The term "group dynamics" describes the way in which people in a group interact with one another. When dynamics are positive, the group works well together. When dynamics are poor, the group's effectiveness is reduced. Essentially, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” This session will focus on expanding competencies from the Kansas Leadership Center.