Managing @ UBC

This 9-month program, September to May, has been designed to challenge leaders at all levels to be their very best. Based on a model that starts with the idea that the act of managing requires an understanding of both management and leadership and a dual focus on tasks and people, this program includes assessments, coaching, workshops and peer learning triads.

Program Framework

The framework for Managing @ UBC is based on a specific leadership model adapted by Peter Farey, Leaderskill Group, 2005.


Any model is based on certain assumptions. This one starts with the idea that the act of managing requires an understanding of both management and leadership and a focus on both tasks and people. This leadership framework organizes these aspects into four quadrants: leadership, management, people, and task.

Within each quadrant of this model, there are 5 disciplines that can be practiced to achieve professional effectiveness. The Managing @ UBC program is built to offer learning opportunities around these disciplines. New managers are invited to identify and practice the disciplines within each of the four quadrants as they determine necessary.

Program Overview

Managing@UBC has been developed to provide personalized and customized learning for managers. In order to cater to your individual needs, the program adopts a cohort learning approach where you travel alongside of your campus peers, learning from and with one another. As a participant, you will receive support from the Workplace Learning & Engagement Manager and will be assigned a Program Alumni who will help guide your learning depending on your specific needs.  Upon completion of the program, you will be entered into the Managing@UBC Community of Practice to continue discussions on management and leadership at the University.

All participants are expected to:

  • Complete a Leaderskills self-assessment
  • Establish goals with a Program Sponsor/Manager
  • Create a Learning Path (a participant’s self-directed curriculum)
  • Attend Jumpstart, and Final Summit
  • Access resources relevant to learning needs
  • Form and participate in a Peer Triad groups
  • Complete a 180 (self and boss) or a 360 assessment (self, boss, staff and colleagues) at the end of the year
  • Respond to your Learning Path and note what you were able to achieve

Managing @ UBC’s holistic learning methodology incorporates the following:

  • Two Leaderskill Self-Assessments: one at the beginning of program and one near the end.
  • A Personal Learning Path for the program
  • An initial 1-hour meeting to further orientate you to the program and help you establish your learning path
  • 3 month check to see if learning path goals are being met
  • End of program check-in
  • Workshops (Half-day):
    • Jump Start Session (this is the program kick-off)
    • Engaging your Staff through Positive Relationships
    • Expand your Influence and Credibility
    • From Goal Setting to Vision and Purpose
    • Roles and Responsibilities
  • Program Summit (this is the program finale)
  • Roundtable sessions  (1.5 hours)
  • Studios (2-hours)
  • Special full-day workshops
  • Breakfast Club meetings (1hr)
  • Coaching @ UBC available anytime throughout the program
  • Webinars offered as they come up
  • Networking
  • Peer to peer interactions

By providing a cohort model approach to learning, you can tap into both in-person and online resources, together and independently. We provide the framework for your leadership growth as a manager. You will also have the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment with your peers and have a smoother adjustment and transition period into your new role.

This program is not meant to compete with other leadership initiatives on campus, but rather to complement them.


Applications for the 2019-2020 program will be accepted starting July 12, 2019 until August 09, 2019 at 4:30pm. Space is limited, apply early. Upon acceptance into the program, managers will complete a self-assessment and then work with their program sponsor to develop their learning path.

Jumpstart, a core requirement, will take place in the fall of 2019 and the programs, concluding with the Final Summit, will take place between September 2019 and May 2020.

Please contact Lisa Frost, Manager Workplace Learning & Engagement at 250-807-9021 or to submit your registration application as outlined below;


Registration Application for the Managing@UBC Program

Applicant Name:                                            Date:

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Email:                                                              Phone Number:

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Managing@UBC Letter of Intent

There is a level of self-responsibility and time commitment that is involved with Managing @ UBC and we want you to think about and then respond to the following questions before entering into the program.

The Letter of Intent should include a response to the following (350 words maximum):

  • What is your current understanding of your role as a manager (expectations and obligations)?
  • To what degree do you currently feel you need support in your management role?
  • What does self-directed look like for you? And how you will carve out time over the 9-months to fit Managing@UBC into your schedule?
  • What do you believe you bring to this learning experience and how can you add value to conversations with other managers (past experience, knowledge and expertise)?

Please contact Lisa Frost, Manager Workplace Learning & Engagement at 250-807-9021 or to submit your registration application by August 9th, 2019 as outlined above.