Over the past few years, Cox Communications New England WICT members have been meeting at Cox on a monthly basis as an opportunity to interact with colleagues to share information and personal xperiences from participation at WICT events and programs.
In late 2011, the members focused on three areas of WICT Touchstones; Be a Catalyst, Inspire, and Connect by launching a series of business skills and career development seminars called, “Wake Up with WICT.” Five WICT members from Cox New England: Nicole Bertrand, Annie Cronin, Christine Flanagan, Kelley Peters and Cindy Williamson planned and coordinated the five part series specific to business skill development.
Mary Shapiro, Associate Professor and Author from Simmons College lead the first seminar on October 18th. Mary took the group on a journey of self exploration and communicating effectively with co-workers. Prior to the discussion, all participants completed a communications diagnostic that enabled them to pinpoint their own personal communication style. Mary introduced the group to a “Model of Understanding” illustrating how best to adapt their style while working on teams, coaching, and more.
On February 9, 2012, Gail Alofsin, Professor, Consultant, and professional speaker facilitated a lively discussion on why personal and professional time management skills are essential for balance and efficiency in our hectic lives. "Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it," was just one of the many thought provoking ideas and varied time management tips that Gail offered to the group.
Seminars were open to all Cox employees and due to the overwhelming success of the program with over 75 participants and positive feedback, the members plan on hosting three additional “Wake up with WICT” seminars throughout the balance of the year focusing on negotiating skills, conflict management, and work place politics.
The following is a sample of the feedback received from attendees:
“The course enhances understanding about how to better interact with each other.” –Mary Kashmanian, Quality/Customer Relations Specialist, (Communication Styles seminar.)
“I learned about diversity and people’s perceptions. I enjoyed the self awareness and walked away with learning something new about myself.” –Jennifer Sirek, Dispatcher, (Communication Styles seminar.)
“Gail’s energetic and informative style re-energized the room allowing everyone to step back and prioritize their work/life balance with a new positive attitude.” –Stacy Marszalkowski, Senior Research Analyst, (Time Management seminar.)