Join HR ELE’s book club series on emotions at work: ‘Aspiring LeadeReads: No Hard Feelings’

“How do you stop the office grouch from ruining your day? How do you enjoy a vacation without obsessing about the unanswered emails in your inbox? If you’re a boss, what should you do when your new, eager hire wants to follow you on Instagram? 

The modern workplace can be an emotional minefield, filled with confusing power structures and unwritten rules. We’re expected to be authentic, but not too authentic. Professional, but not stiff. Friendly, but not an oversharer. Easier said than done!” (Liz Fosslien & Mollie West Duffy) 

Aspiring LeadeReads is HR Employee Learning & Engagement’s professional development book club series, and we invite you to join us for our Fall 2023 read: No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work. 

In this four-part series, guided by the book, we will engage in deep discussions, activities and reflections around motivation, communication, culture, leadership and more. 

The virtual sessions will be:  

  • Tuesday, Oct. 24, 11 a.m.–noon 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 31, 11 a.m.–noon 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 7, 11 a.m.–noon 
  • Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11 a.m.–noon 

Aspiring LeadeReads is a Level 3: Collaborate and Create series, and you can expect to engage in activities, large group discussions, small group discussions in breakout rooms, and reflections. We strive to create a learning environment where each participant feels comfortable, engaged and included.  

Participants who get the most out of our learning experiences are engaged during sessions, and they set aside time to read and sometimes re-read the book chapters before each discussion session.  

As a participant, you commit to: 

  • Reading the relevant chapters in No Hard Feelings before each session 
  • Showing up to each one-hour discussion session prepared to participate fully, share openly and listen attentively 
  • Participating in activities during each discussion session 
  • Holding confidentiality for discussion sessions 

One participant from our Fall 2022 Aspiring LeadeReads shared:  

“Aspiring LeadeReads gave me the opportunity to reflect on how I work with colleagues and some specific strategies on how to create more effective communication with my team moving forward. It also allowed me to see how others planned to implement strategies from the book.” 

We anticipate that interest will exceed the number of seats available for this offering. To express your interest, we invite you to complete this interest form by Oct. 3. Participants will receive a complimentary hard copy of No Hard Feelings. 

All Vanderbilt University employees are eligible to participate in Aspiring LeadeReads. 

About HR Employee Learning & Engagement: The Employee Learning and Engagement team unlocks the potential of every Vanderbilt employee by offering innovative and meaningful learning experiences, creating space to foster conversations and connections, and encouraging a culture of learning and growth. 

Our vision is for every employee to feel connected and integral to Vanderbilt’s mission, empowered to invest in themselves and succeed in their role, engaged in the campus community and inspired to design their best future. 

We invite you to visit our website to learn more and see our upcoming learning experiences.