What makes a leader? What are qualities and skills a person needs to have in order to be a successful leader? What does a strong leader look like? If there is one person who can answer those questions, it’s Bob Smith. Smith is special adviser to UT President Joe DiPietro for talent and leadership development. … Continued


System HR Update

As employees of the University of Tennessee, we all know that working within a higher education setting comes with a number of important and very tangible benefits—insurance coverage, leave options, health and wellness resources, tuition discounts and retirement options, just to name a few. While the fall issue of For Your Benefit is filled with … Continued


7 Tips for Making Meetings Work

By Ivory Patten, Trainer and Management Specialist in the UT System Human Resources Office of Employee and Organizational Development. Think back to the last meeting you attended. How prepared were you? How much was accomplished? Be honest—how many times did you check your phone? Meetings fill an increasing number of hours in the workday, and … Continued

Tips from a Trainer

Introducing New Leadership Institute Alumni

Congratulations to the 50 faculty and staff who graduated in February from UT’s Leadership Institute, a week-long training program offered every other year and designed to recognize and develop leaders within the University. Formed in 1981, the institute has graduated more than 900 participants and has a lengthy list of accomplished alumni from across the … Continued


5 Ways to Promote Civility in the Workplace

By UT System Administration Office of Employee and Organizational Development Being uncivil can happen without us even recognizing it—an overlooked email, missed meeting or forgotten acknowledgment.  These lapses may seem innocent and often justifiable, but when repeated, can translate to a lack of respect for others and lead to real problems. Demonstrating civility means showing … Continued


Getting Involved Leads to Many Opportunities

For some employees, representative groups are more than just a resource, they are an opportunity to get involved and give back. “I feel that it’s a privilege and an honor to represent UT Martin employees and make their voices heard, because I want UT Martin to be known as the campus that cares,” said Debbie … Continued