Personal Effectiveness for Support Personnel

Personal Effectiveness for Support Personnel

personal effectiveness

Online course

Start date:

12 March 2021


12 & 22 March 2021

General context

The program deals with three pillars of self-management: Efficiency - Effectiveness - Motivation.
We start with the challenge of being effective ("Am I doing the right things?"). You learn how to deal with the tornado of urgent things, to be able to spend more time on the important tasks in your job. We challenge you to take responsibility for your priorities yourself and we give you tools to influence your surroundings effectively by doing so. No ready-made tips and tricks, we offer you a personal quest and the development of your own approach.
Concerning efficiency (how to get things done in less time), our approach is based on the insights of 'Getting Things Done' (David Allen): collecting, processing, organizing, doing. Planning thereby plays an important part. We give you workable tips and ideas for approaches concerning (short term and long term) planning, managing information, order and tidiness, working  in a focussed way and personal organization. With every building block, participants check how their own work context corresponds with these insights and they design an action plan to organize their work and time in a better way. 
The last lever for personal effectiveness is motivation: energy and desire to work effectively and efficiently. We deal with personal motivation, the art of making effective and conscious choices and how to keep on motivating yourself to follow these choices, even on those moments when things don’t go our way. We apply the cornerstones of motivation to your own work context and explore how you can inspire and motivate your colleagues. We provide a roadmap on how to deal with stress and misfortune in a resilient way. And we help you find out how to (even) better connect professional choices and personal aspirations.


At the end of the training, participants are able to:

  • define for themselves the right priorities in their job: those things that directly contribute to their core responsibilities
  • deal in an adequate way with the tornado of urgent (though not always important) things that  call for them
  • draw up a realistic and efficient planning, short term as well as long term
  • effectively bring into practice those time management tips that will make a difference for them
  • bring structure in their daily chores and responsibilities
  • influence their context (boss, colleagues, …) in an adequate way to optimize the own schedule
  • identify those things that give energy / that cost energy and to make sound choices about what to keep / discard
  • tap and strengthen their personal sources of motivation
  • deal with setbacks in a resilient way
  • choose consciously how they deal with stress, thanks to insight in their natural stress-reactions and insight in an alternative way of dealing with stress
  • feed higher motivation for their own job by taking care of personal aspirations in the job context

We work experience-based. Based on an intake-questionnaire of every individual participant, we develop real cases. This enables us to deal with the actual experience of the participants and to offer exercises and experiments that really make a difference. Self-insight and skills are well-founded on a select set of theoretical frames and models. We expect our participants to do more than just ‘download’ tips & tricks: we work towards the development of an own approach that fits the work context of the participant.
There is some time between the two training days, which enables participants to bring lessons learnt into practice after the first day and to exchange experiences during the second day.

Extra information
  • This training is only open for VIB participants and is free.
  • Note that upon no show without valid justification a fee of € 100 will be charged and you will be blacklisted for the VIB training program for 1 year. Click here for more information.


True Colours

True Colours® is a creation of Lisa Boelaert and Herwig Deconinck – inspired by 17 years of working together and our shared drive, dream and vision concerning people, development, teamwork & change.

As a change consultancy, True Colours has built a niche within research and academic organisations on the one hand, and they work for profit, non-profit, production and service companies on the other hand.

True Colours coaches:
•Individuals (coaching/training/supporting)
•Teams (team coaching, conflict mediation, team development, teambuilding)
•Organisations (process support, work conferences and large group interventions, setting up and guiding change programmes, strategy exercises, …)

regarding the changes that are happening to them or in which they find themselves.

True Colours likes to combine their insights and experiences in HR, solutions-focused work practices, organisational design and lean management, and personal and team leadership.

They specialise in short-term projects within a long-term relationship: a thorough knowledge of the client enables us to respond maximally to concrete requests and makes change possible in the short-term. They have been working together with VIB for more that 10 years now.

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Practical info

Extra information

This training is given online and consists of 2 days each time starting at 9.00h and finishing around 17.00h. We will use zoom as the online platform, the link to the zoom meeting will be sent a few days in advance.

Before the start of the training, the participants get an online intake questionnaire. This enables us to attune the training maximally to their needs.

The training is (inter-)active: we provide content and tools that participants will actively try out during the training.

We work plenary (presentation, explanation and discussion) and in subgroups. Online trainings are more tiring than real life sessions. Therefore, we provide enough variation in work forms and there will be enough off-screen moments.