The ENVISION Program is a rewarding program designed for Red River College employees not in formal leadership roles who are interested in leadership exploration at RRC.
In participating, you are committing to embracing the program’s three broad components over a year:
1. Eight In-Class Required Modules
Required modules are full-day classroom sessions, with pre-and-post session activities and reflection work/assignments to help you apply and demonstrate your learning. Participants are expected to attend all modules. This means that a considerable amount of advance planning is required with one’s Manager/Chair and team to ensure workload coverage in in place.
2. Recommended Electives
Recommended electives will be offered on topics that further enhance leadership competencies.
3. Team-Based Applied Project
The Applied Project runs throughout the second half of the program, involving small-group projects of significance to Red River College, selected from proposals developed by members of the RRC community. The Applied Projects are designed to have impact while maintaining appropriate scope and deliverables for the timelines involved. Applied Project teams will be supported by a Project Mentor.
A final presentation of the Applied Projects will be delivered to college stakeholders (including cohort Managers) at an event that will mark the program’s completion.
The ENVISION program goals are:
- Increase leadership competencies within the participant group
- Raise self-awareness, identify natural strengths and critically examine leadership styles
- Develop skills required for effective leadership and to apply learning through in-class, online and experience-based learning
- Hone skills and develop confidence through coaching and mentoring
- Build the breadth and depth of leadership competencies across the organization
You may also want to familiarize yourself with RRC’s Strategic Plan.
ENVISION Supports and Resources
The ENVISION Program has a number of built-in supports and resources to help foster a successful, challenging and rewarding experience for you at all stages. These supports include:
- A Cohort Model – Participants experience ENVISION as a group from start to finish and attend all sessions together. Over time, this approach allows for deeper learning, meaningful working relationships and opportunities to stretch, fail, succeed, and grow in a safe and trusting environment.
- A Learning Partner – Each ENVISION participant is paired with another participant for the length of the program as a means of peer support, informal feedback, and in some instances, submitting joint assignments. A learning partner can be a wonderful addition to the learning experience, offering unique skills and energies that can complement your own. They also can become a trusted confidante with whom you can hold one another accountable in a supportive manner.
- A Project Mentor – Each Applied Project team will be assigned a Project Mentor. This person will be available to provide feedback and experienced perspective to the project that can help focus, clarify, re-direct, question and support your work efforts as a team.
- Manager Support – Managers are a key ingredient to the success of ENVISION. Support from each manager maximizes the opportunities for participants to apply the learning that takes place in each session. Managers are encouraged to conduct periodic de-briefs with their participants to explore on-the-job training, job shadowing, mentoring, project leadership and other applied learning opportunities where appropriate.
- Managers are also encouraged to offer ongoing feedback regarding observations of any strengthened or new knowledge, skills or abilities in the participant during or following the program, and to discuss the overall experience throughout the year.
- Finally, Managers are asked to support participants in their scheduling and time requirements for the program. For example, in the cases of participants who are instructors, a joint approach by participant and supervisor to ensure that classes are covered so that the participant can attend all ENVISION classroom sessions will be needed.
- All Managers attend the one-day orientation with their participants.
- RRC Leadership Library and the RRC Library – Not only is the entire RRC library collection available to participants, the Staff Learning and Development department also offers a Leadership Library of over 200 current titles including biographies/memoirs, books on conflict, management, leadership, emotional intelligence, communication etc. to support the development of leadership competencies.
- In addition, ENVISION will include readings using a range of media, including business articles, newspapers, podcasts, TED Talks, books and condensed book summaries.
ENVISON Lead Contact
Staff Learning and Development Specialist
ENVISION Support Contact
Staff Learning and Development Consultant