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BINA’s Leadership and Management Training – 2024

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BINA 2024 Leadership & Management Training facilitated by The Soft Skills Group


Overview | Schedule | Attendance Options | Audience | Payment | Facilitator | Topics in Detail

BINA will again offer virtual Leadership & Management Training in 2024 and we have modified our program based on feedback from attendees of our 2023 program. The Soft Skills Group will continue to facilitate these sessions which are now reduced to 2 hrs in duration for the training module, followed one week later with a 1 hr Core Facility specific scenario/case study session facilitated by Diana of The Soft Skills Group together with experienced Core Facility professionals from BINA’s Training and Education Working Group (T&E WG).
The Monday 2 hour training module will focus on the principles and best practices around each topic (see detailed descriptions below), ending with instructions to share (anonymously if preferred) a real-life scenario for discussion during the following Monday’s 1 hr Core Facility specific Facilitated Discussion. This latter session will provide an opportunity for participants to put their newly learned skills into practice and receive feedback from the Soft Skills Group and from experienced core facility professionals from BINA’s Training & Education Working Group based on their real life experiences.

The dates for the workshops are shown below. Preference will be given to participants who wish to take advantage of the Leaders Leading Leaders Certification Package. Any spaces remaining in the workshops after Wednesday April 24 will be given to ad hoc participants. Space in each workshop is limited to 20 participants (including those taking the certification package.) Those interested in the Leadership Skills sessions in May should register now and will be notified after April 25 of the place.


Click the session title below to read more about each session

Leaders Leading Leaders Certification Package – Opens April 1, Closed April 24

  1. Leadership Skills – Opens April 1, Closed April 29
    • May 6, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (2-hour session)
    • May 13, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (1-hour session)
  2. Professional Storytelling Skills – Registration Closed
    • June 10, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (2-hour session)
    • June 17, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (1-hour session)
  3. Decision-Making Skills – Registration Closed
    • August 19, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (2-hour session)
    • August 26, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (1-hour session)
  4. Time Management Skills – Registration Closed
    • October 21, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (2-hour session)
    • October 28, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (1-hour session)
  5. Delegation Skills – Registration Closed
    • November 11, 2024, 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (2-hour session)
    • November 18, 2024, 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (1-hour session)

Attendance options:

New this year, the five workshops are designed as a core facility management certification package (Leaders Leading Leaders Certification Package). Participants who complete the full series of five workshops including discussion sessions will earn a joint BINA/Soft Skills certificate of completion that participants can add to their resume. Participants who are not interested in certification or can’t commit to attending all sessions may instead pick and choose from the menu of five workshops according to their time and interest.

Intended audience:

This program is intended for Directors, Managers and Business Administrators overseeing university or nonprofit core facilities. While individuals interested in exploring a career in any of the above roles are not excluded from applying, preference will be given to those currently involved in one of these roles in a core facility. We encourage everyone to explore other BINA opportunities relating to core facility management offered by our Exchange of Experience Virtual Group sessions held the last Wednesday of each month @ 1pm ET.

NOTE: Academic applicants with financial need may indicate in their registration they are seeking financial assistance


The fee for the 5 workshop Leaders Leading Leaders Certification Package will be discounted to $500 USD (essentially ~$100 per workshop).

The fee for participation in an individual workshop will be $130 USD to include both the 2hr training module and 1 hr Core Facility specific session.

Upon registration you will receive a link to make credit payment unless you indicated in your registration you are seeking financial assistance from BINA (see NOTE above). Those on the waitlist will be notified as such, and the link for payment shared once the place is available. Cancellations made anytime up until 3 business days before the course starts will be refunded minus a 5% administrative fee.



The workshops will be facilitated by Diana Kawarsky, MA, CCP

Photo of Diana KawarskyDiana is President of The Soft Skills Group Inc., an on-the-job learning boutique firm based in the Greater Toronto Area, Canada. She is a senior training & development professional with over 20 years of experience in delivery, design & consulting with Fortune 500 companies, Universities & Colleges in Canada, the USA, Europe, and Asia.

Diana has worked with organizations in many industries, including finance, legal, telecommunications, health care, manufacturing, transportation, natural resources, not-for-profits, and crown corporations. Her experience has breadth from working with various professionals, from new hires to seasoned executives, totaling over 20,000 clients.


Topics in Detail:

Each workshop has been professionally drafted and is designed and delivered to be interactive, immediately relevant, and applicable to on-the-job scenarios and relationships. The content of each workshop will be based on current Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management Theory best practices

1. Leadership Skills

  • May 6, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (Workshop)
  • May 13, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Facilitated Discussion)

Value to Core Facility Professionals:

Core facility directors are highly skilled research scientists who find themselves running a small business within an academic institution, usually without any prior experience or training in management or business. Leadership skills are an essential component of becoming a successful core director. In this workshop, we explore the foundations of leadership skills to inspire participants to understand the relationships between other people’s perceptions and their own self- awareness – and the impact these factors have on their personal leadership development. This engaging and interactive workshop is your opportunity to learn and practice the ideas, techniques and tools to enhance communications and turbo-charge your social interactions.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • explore the foundation of personal leadership development by examining other people’s perceptions of yourself and your own self-awareness
  • develop advanced knowledge of organizational, personal and interpersonal skills to speed-up processes
  • understand how people act in organizations and how to leverage your relationships
  • apply powerful social impression-making skills with more competence and confidence


2. Professional Storytelling Skills

  • June 10, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (Workshop)
  • June 17, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Facilitated Discussion)

Value to Core Facility Professionals:
Professional storytelling is a process of telling a story rather than listing facts. People tell professional stories to communicate and connect with their audiences, such as institutional officials, advisory committees, customers, vendors and granting agencies.
Professional storytelling skills can improve the overall understanding and specific value that core facilities play in any research enterprise or institution. This engaging and interactive workshop is your opportunity to learn and practice telling your own story. This skill is essential to persuading your target audience to clearly understand mission/budgetary alignment, get on board with your goals and/or align with your recommendations.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • be relatable and approachable while maintaining your subject matter expert status
  • use stories to illustrate and resolve complex business issues
  • use the four Ps of storytelling: purpose, plot, people, place
  • effectively distill your message to any audience; build a story repertoire
  • communicate and connect better in all your business environments


3. Decision-Making Skills

  • August 19 , 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (Workshop)
  • August 26, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Facilitated Discussion)

Value to Core Facility Professionals:
This workshop will help you learn effective problem recognition and solving skills using techniques based on individual success measurements. Decision-making refers to the act of choosing between alternatives, whereas problem solving creates those alternatives. Attendees will learn to develop a timely decision-making model for themselves, and learn about decision-making styles used by effective decision-makers.

Participants will accurately assess the benefits, risks, and challenges for any problem-solving process. They will learn and practice a variety of creative problem identification and solving techniques. Decision-making is a set of skills which can create clearer understanding for decision-making in research enterprises on how core facilities add value.

This engaging and interactive workshop is your opportunity to learn and practice how you make decisions as well as how you illustrate your process to allow others to better understand your choices and outcomes.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • define decision-making and recognize it as a strategic and systemic process
  • design your decision-making process, so you can clearly articulate your preferences to others
  • shorten the time it takes to analyze the problem and make the decision
  • identify what may be the barriers to problem solving and decision-making in your workplace relationships


4. Time Management Skills

  • October 21, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (Workshop)
  • October 28, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Facilitated Discussion)

Value to Core Facility Professionals:
Time management is a common issue for overworked core facility directors and staff. You are busy, let’s limit the busyness. This workshop provides an overview of prioritizing daily activities that revolve around our goals and objectives, both individual and team. You will have an opportunity to reflect and address how your at-work expectations and deliverables are often challenging – if not always so.

Participants will learn how to effectively identify and categorize time wasters, which inhibit progress both individually and as a team. They practice organizational planning while distinguishing between ‘doing right things’ and ‘doing things right’. This engaging and interactive workshop is your opportunity to learn and practice the ideas that impact your productivity. Create more time for you to focus and clarify your thinking/output ratio.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • assess your time usage and where you can make changes
  • learn attention management skills to make a difference
  • control interruptions from sabotaging your productivity
  • sort priorities by enhancing your sphere of influence
  • create a system by which you can say “NO” with clear follow-up


5. Delegation Skills

  • November 11, 2024 1:00pm-3:00pm ET (Workshop)
  • November 18, 2024 1:00pm-2:00pm ET (Facilitated Discussion

Value to Core Facility Professionals:
This workshop is designed to equip leaders, managers, and team members with the skills to delegate tasks and responsibilities effectively, and to ensure clarity for task(s) completion. Delegating is not just about assigning tasks; it’s about ensuring the right tasks are given to the right people, with clear expectations and the authority to complete them.

Participants will engage in interactive exercises to practice delegation skills, receive feedback, and learn how to apply these techniques in their workplace to improve productivity, team engagement, and achieve organizational goals. This engaging and interactive workshop is your opportunity to learn and apply your understanding of the importance of delegation, identify barriers to effective delegation, and learn strategies to overcome these challenges.

In this workshop, you will learn to:

  • understand the benefits of delegation for you, your team, and your organization
  • identify methods for delegation and select the right person for each task
  • set clear objectives and expectations when delegating tasks
  • monitor progress and provide constructive feedback
  • recognize and celebrate the achievements that result from successful delegation

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