Professional Effectiveness: Self-Awareness in the Workplace

The case is clear. Self-awareness is the No. 1 predictor of success for professionals whose work includes human interaction - which is most of us. "Self-Awareness in the Workplace" teaches the foundations of cognitive/emotional self-knowledge, so participants are equipped to use their unique combination of talents for the betterment of their organizations and careers. It is good for your brand, the professional you are and the one you strive to become.

Self-awareness is the cornerstone of emotional intelligence. "Self-Awareness in the Workplace" explores methods of managing emotions, thoughts and strategies for personal and professional interactions and reviews the long and short-term implications of building a fulfilling career. Learn the tips, shortcuts, and secrets that are often overlooked. This course is designed to accelerate a process that can take decades to navigate. You will learn to take full responsibility of your actions and reactions, education and career paths, income and overall success in the world.

The first in a series of offerings on Professional Effectiveness, “Self-Awareness in the Workplace” lays the foundation for a series of courses meant to make you a more productive professional, no matter your career or where you are in your career development. Change the way you think about yourself, both as an individual and as a professional.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
PHRD1607.F18.1 John P. Schuster Blended 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (on campus); 7-8:30 p.m. (online) Saturday, October 27, 2018

Instructor: John P. Schuster

John P. Schuster, PCC, is currently an executive coach and teaches coaching skills at Columbia University and the Hudson Institute of Coaching. He previously held the position of an executive coach and instructor for CoachRICE: A Leadership Coaching Program at Rice University. He conducts programs on career renewal and planning for retirement in multiple corporate and nonprofit environments. Mr. Schuster is a board member of the Jung Association of Central Ohio and an international childcare improvement NGO, Whole Child International. He is the coach in residence for a CEO mentoring firm, Merryck and an author of several books, including "Answering Your Call: a guide to living your deepest purpose" and "The Power of Your Past: the art of recalling, reclaiming and recasting."

Mr. Schuster holds a master's in literature and psychology – earned 40 years apart. He and his wife, Patti, have run a leadership development business for more than 30 years. 

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Oct. 27, 2018

End Date: Dec. 08, 2018

Schedule: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (on campus); 7-8:30 p.m. (online)

Length: Two Thursdays and two Saturdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $600

Rice faculty, staff and alumni: $540

CEUs: 1.2

SHRM PDCs: 1.2

Note: Please see SCHEDULE tab below for specific dates and corresponding format.

+ Emerging professionals in all business sectors

+ Nonprofit professionals from private and public sectors

+ Early-to-mid-career professionals

+ Leaders of teams or organizations

+ Engineers and scientists looking to develop stronger interpersonal skills

+ Saturday, October 27, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (on campus)

+ Thursday, November 8, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m. (online)

+ Thursday, November 29, 2018, 7-8:30 p.m. (online)

+ Saturday, December 8, 2018, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. (on campus)

+ Managing your stress, especially when it involves heavy workloads and difficult relationships

+ Utilizing more of your talent

+ Changing the habits of mind that inhibit your effectiveness and mute your positive impact

+ Key life/work balance skills you can readily use

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