Talent Development can work directly with supervisors and managers to assess team training needs and design, develop and deliver programs that focus on your organizational goals and objectives. Six (6) weeks' notice is generally needed to plan and deliver a departmental retreat.

Customized departmental professional development has many advantages:

  • Sessions can be designed around just about any topic.
  • Your timelines are taken into consideration.
  • The content and program length can be customized to meet your needs.
  • We are familiar with JMU mission, vision, values, culture and goals.

Some of the content we suggest for departmental retreats:

Self- and Other-Awareness

  • DISC 1: Assessment & Introduction (TD1086)
  • Introduction to MBTI (TD1242)
  • Resilience: Games for Success (TD2617)
  • StrengthsFinder 2.0 (TD1695)
  • Strengths on My Team (TD2245


  • 5 Dysfunctions of a Team (TD2424)
  • Be Competent on a Cross-Cultural Campus (TD2240)
  • Better Ideas Through Brainstorming (TD2085)
  • Great Teams: 16 Things High Performing Organizations Do Differently (TD2252)
  • Happiness at Work: Scenarios and Solutions (TD2380
  • Jungle Escape (TD1621)
  • MBTI & Team-Building (TD2571)
  • Puzzles and Perspectives: Improve Team Effectiveness (TD2187)
  • Rocket Project Management (TD2334
  • Team Building Basics (TD2084)
  • Time Management (TD2536)
  • Value-Driven Behavior at JMU (TD2570)


  • Better Ideas Through Brainstorming (TD2085)
  • Emotional Intelligence (TD1753)
  • Introduction to Nonviolent Communication (TD2580)
  • My Professionalism (TD2613)
  • Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action (TD2255)
  • Team Communication Series (9 hours)
    • Within the Team Communication (TD2228)
    • Among Teams Communication (TD2229)
    • Communication During Organizational Stress (TD2230)
  • The Four Agreements: Being Our Best at Work (TD2579)


  • 8 Dimensions of Leadership (TD2238)
  • Gap Analysis (TD2537)
  • Goal Setting (TD2533)
  • Leaders Open Doors (TD2064)
  • Leading Others Through Change: A Three-Phase Model for Success (TD2069)
  • Leadership Feedback: What Your Employees Wish You Knew! (TD2063)
  • Manage for Employee Engagement (TD1827)
  • Strategic Plannning (TD1449)
  • The Fish! Philosophy (TD1063)
  • Use Candor to Improve Performance (TD2359)


To request customized professional development through the Talent Development Department, contact Gail Napora (naporagp@jmu.edu) to discuss and schedule departmental training.

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