Coffee, cream & sundaes on a Thursday

 

The Staff Lounge became part laboratory, part tasting room on Thursday as several self-proclaimed Haas coffee geeks set up shop as baristas.

“I’m an artist, not a chemist,” joked Sam of the Full-time MBA Program office, as he tipped the spout of a Hario gooseneck kettle in slow concentric circles around the cone of his V60 dripper.

Staff members lined up for Blue Bottle, Sight Glass, Red Bay Coffee, and Four Barrel brews prepared-to-order by Sam (who used pour-over methods) and fellow baristas Rocky and Ernie (who each worked an Aeropress).

In addition to the artisan brewing demo, the Engage@Haas Coffee Break had another purpose: voting on a new signature blend for the Staff Lounge. The taste test pitted Berkeley-bred Peet’s Coffee against San Francisco upstart Philz.

The winner by a landslide was Peets’ Cafe Domingo. The current staple French Roast will be switched out mid-July.

Thanks to the Engage@Haas for organizing, and to our baristas for caffeinating our morning.

And later that same day, just around the time the caffeine was wearing off, there was this:

The Haas Staff Ice Cream Social and First (Annual?) BYOB Split Contest (bring your own banana!).

If you think some Haas staff take coffee seriously, you should see how they take on banana splits. This is a competitive bunch.

There was Sherrell’s masterpiece:

Karen’s pyrotechnics:

And Ursela’s creation (with ingredients scavenged from her office just moments earlier):

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The contenders:

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The judges conferred, and made this announcement:

The winners:

  • Neatest: Micah from the Mailroom
  • Most Spirited: Miguel from ECSM (Cal written in fudge)
  • Best Toppings: Ursela from the International Business Development Program (cookies + candy)
  • Runner-up: Sherrell from Facilities (bowl from home + pinwheel)
  • Grand Prize: Karen from Faculty Assistants (sparklers + tiny stars!)
  • Late Entry: Shar from H.R.

Thanks Sherrie from the Dean’s Office for making Thursday so sweet!

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81 Haas staff + 1 afternoon at the zoo = 150 hours of scooping, weeding, & building. Woo hoo!

Thanks to all who pulled weeds, built fences, tidied school areas for incoming summer classes for kids, swept, got the Zoo ready for health inspections, cleaned Zebra and Camel poop, and much much more at the 3rd Annual Haas Staff Volunteer Day.

And big thanks to Engage@Haas and the Green Team for organizing the day, and to the Dean’s office for supporting it. Special shout out to Danner Doud-Martin, Alexandra Daily, and Jo Mackness for making it happen!

Check out the highlights: 

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The OGST and Me: a Q&A with Dean Lyons on the New Strategic Business Plan

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By Susie Hanna Jordan, Dean’s Analyst

Over the past six months, working groups of Haas managers and leaders have been developing a new strategic business plan that will guide our school over the next five years. Positive Haas faculty and Advisory Board votes on the plan earlier this month mean we’re gearing up for implementation, and on target to begin work around the start of our fiscal year on July 1.

I spent a few minutes with Dean Rich Lyons to find out what the heck an OGST is, what’s new in this plan, and how our jobs will change once it’s in place.

Q: How is this new plan different from our last strategic plan, developed in 2010?

A: The simplest way to describe the difference is that in the 2010 plan, we focused on what we are about; this time, we’re focusing on how we will get to where we want to be.

In 2010, we codified our culture into four Defining Principles, and we defined our mission. We developed a wide-ranging strategy that resulted in many changes, including revamping parts of the MBA curriculum and setting in motion the design and funding of our new building.

The new plan takes us further down that path. It’s a more detailed roadmap—a school-wide strategic business plan—with specific priorities and outcomes we can measure, and an underlying financial model. In creating it, we spent a lot of time defining our assets: what makes us special, and different from our peers? We identified gaps, and determined where we want go next.

The new plan:

  • is more streamlined, with fewer strategies.
  • has an underlying five-year financial model.
  • contains goals and metrics that align with building the reputational and financial strength of our school.
  • provides greater accountability: each strategy tactic includes an owner, action plan, and due date.

Q: The plan is built around a strategic framework called Objectives, Goals, Strategies, and Tactics (OGST). Why did you choose this particular framework?

A: Why OGST? We found this structure to be particularly helpful because it forced us to tightly align all our activities—from major initiatives down to unit-level activities—with our mission.

The objective of the plan is to build the financial and operational strength of Haas to further our mission. We have defined two high-level goal areas to focus on: reputation and financial strength. To achieve our goals, we then identified four key strategies—each owned by a senior leader:

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1. Build on our strengths as part of UC Berkeley

2. Capitalize further on our Bay Area location

3. Employ an organization-wide approach to activate our alumni network

4. Build a stronger people organization by embodying our Defining Principles

The plan tactics are organized around these four strategies. The tactics are specific actions we believe will allow us to best reach our goals within the next five years. Each tactic also has an owner, who has worked with stakeholders to incorporate them into unit-level business plans.

Aligning our daily activities with the big picture will provide focus for all of us, and create opportunities for more collaboration across units.

Q: What’s the relationship between our Defining Principles and the Strategic Business Plan?

A: The strategic business plan builds on our deep assets–people, place and culture—to further our school’s objective. Our Defining Principles remain a core element of how we work at Haas.

As you read the plan, you will notice that the DPs are specifically mentioned in several tactics. For example, the Diversity Advantage tactic centers on the Beyond Yourself principle, encouraging us all to develop a global mindset and cultural dexterity.

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Q: How will my work change with this strategic business plan in place?

A: All of our jobs will touch on these goals in some way. Here are three ways the plan will change your work, and what you can do to help support it:

  1. Integrate your performance goals: Beginning this fiscal year, each staff member will be required to have at least one goal that links directly to the strategic business plan. Your manager will be sharing some examples of how you might develop your goals.
  2. Think collaboration: In order to accomplish these goals we all need to work more collaboratively across Haas, and in some cases, across the university. Review the plan with your team and highlight each area where you think you could deepen ties to colleagues’ work. Try this in areas your unit already collaborates on, and also with units you don’t typically work with. Research shows that collaboration is critical to achieving strategic goals.
  3. Evaluate value: By definition, a strategy is intended to focus efforts and allow the organization to stop doing, or place less emphasis on, certain activities. Add a topic to the agenda of your next team meeting about a program or activity in your unit that, to align with the strategic plan, could be tweaked to add more value or that is no longer adding value and could be eliminated.

HaasLL-181Q: What if I come up with a good idea to add as a tactic, strategy, or goal?

A: This five-year strategic business plan is a living document, and we anticipate that it will be refined over time. For now, we don’t anticipate the strategies changing; however, the goals and tactics can be adjusted and refined as we go.

We welcome your ideas, thoughts and suggestions along the way. Please share any specific goals, strategies, or tactics you or your team develops with the named strategy or tactic owner in the plan.

 

For 15th Year, Staff Reap Awards and Savor Appreciation

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In the 15th annual Outstanding Staff Awards celebration, Dean Rich Lyons honored four staff members with awards linked to the school’s four Defining Principles. The 2014-2015 awards were presented at the Staff Appreciation Lunch last Thursday at the Bancroft Hotel.  Alessandra Demmons, Barbara Felkins, Mary Ann Huisman, and Tom Tripp were each recognized for exemplifying […]

Congratulations, Joacim! Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award Recipient

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We’re proud of Joacim Benitez of our finance team, who has received one of the university’s top honors for staff. The Chancellor’s Outstanding Staff Award (COSA) is presented to staff members and teams who have demonstrated exceptional initiative in contributing to the UC Berkeley campus community. Joacim is one of 15 Berkeley staff members and three teams who […]

Haas Help For Nepal

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The women of Beauty for Ashes, a Nepali organization that MBA students in the International Business Development program worked with last spring.

UPDATE: The campaign wrapped up May 8 with $6,000 raised! Many thanks to all who went beyond themselves to contribute. The organizers will keep all donors informed on which organizations receive the funds.

MBA students who traveled to Nepal last year with the International Business Development program have spearheaded a crowdfunding campaign for earthquake relief in the devastated country—and they need our help!

Launched on Tilt through C4C (Challenge for Charity), the MBA fundraising organization, the campaign funds will target non-governmental organizations on the ground in Nepal. Student organizers are working with contacts in their networks to identify the most high-impact organizations, and will keep all donors apprised of how the funds are distributed.

“It’s a very, very scary situation over there,” says Jackie Laird, MBA 15, who was part of Team Beauty for Ashes in Kathmandu last June. “We are trying to get funds there sooner rather than later.”

You can donate here.

Jackie says she and other students have been in touch with the women they worked with, and all of them are OK—but their families are not. They are not only trying to get help to their relatives, but they are fanning out throughout the city on foot—the only way to get around at this point—trying to help others in need, especially children.

“The way the hospitals work in Nepal is that you don’t get anything for free—including water. Your family and friends have to bring it to you,” she says. “Hospitals are way underfunded.”

Jackie says her experience in Nepal was eye-opening. “Nepal was far worse than I expected, in terms of how destitute it is. If that’s the way it was like in good times, I can’t imagine what it’s like now,” she says.

With monsoon season looming and tens of thousands without shelter, the situation is critical. The 7.8-magnitude quake that rocked Nepal last Saturday killed more than 5,500 people, and injured at least 12,000. The death toll continues to rise, with many remote villages still inaccessible.

MBA students will be in the courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday (with baked goods!) to raise awareness for the campaign. If you have any questions about the campaign, please reach out to the C4C organizers: Marisa JohnsonJohn Maus, and Sara Oon. You can also contact Jackie Laird with questions abut her team’s experience.

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The Haas Green Team is Excited to Share UC Berkeley Earth Week 2015

 

Join Haas Green Team Members and your co-workers at Earth Week activities! See the list below and sign up to spend time with your fellow staff members experiencing fun, educational and inspiring green activities. For a list of all the events hosted for UC Berkeley Green Week 2015 visit serc.berkeley.edu/earthweek.
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MONDAY: April 20, 2015

Join Haas Staff member, Danner Doud-Martin

BicyCAL Bicycle Cooperative Free Bike Tune-ups

WHEN: 12:30 pm (This event is available from 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm)

WHERE: Sather Gate

SPONSOR: BicyCAL

Meet Danner at bottom of Fisher Gate at 12:30 noon with your bike to walk down to Sather Gate
To sign up, click here.
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TUESDAY: April 21, 2015

Join Haas Staff member, Danner Doud-Martin for

Plant a Seedling to Commemorate Earth Day

WHEN: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (This activity is available from 11:00 am -1:00 pm)

WHERE: Upper Sproul Plaza

SPONSORS: SOGA and Berkeley Art Studio

Meet Danner at 11:55 am at the stairs of Fisher Gate to walk to Upper Sproul Plaza

 

To sign up, click here.

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WEDNESDAY: April 22, 2015

Join Haas Staff member, Danner Doud-Martin

Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on Sustainability’s 12th Annual Sustainability Summit

WHEN: 12:30 pm-2:30 pm
WHERE: Wurster Hall Gallery

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Meet Danner 12:15 pm at the stairs of Fisher Gate to walk to Wurster Hall

To sign up, click here.

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THURSDAY: April 23, 2015

Join Haas Staff member, Jenny Su

Water Walking Tour

WHEN: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

WHERE: Sather Gate

SPONSORS: ASUC and STeam Flow

Meet Jenny at 12:45 pm at the stairs of Fisher Gate to walk to Sather Gate

 

To sign up, click here.

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FRIDAY: April 24, 2015

Join Haas Staff member, Rachel Richardson

Earth Week Kombucha Party

WHEN: 3:00 pm-5:00 pm

WHERE: Campanile Plaza

SPONSORS: Berkeley Student Food Collective and SERC

Meet Rachel at 2:45 pm at the stairs of Fisher Gate to walk to the Campanile

 

To sign up, click here.

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Efforts are organized by the Student Environmental Resource Center and Environmental & Sustainability Student Organizations, with support from campus and community partners.

For more information on the Berkeley-Haas Green Team email greenteam@haas.berkeley.edu.

What’s That Sound? Find Out What’s Going On at the NAB Construction Site

You may not be able to see the progress on the new North Academic Building from your office window, but you can still track what’s going on—without leaving your desk.

Check out the new live webcam for an aerial view of the construction site. You can even watch it in time-lapse mode to catch up. Click the image below to view the webcam:

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Monthly Diversity Staff Discussions Tackle Hairy Subjects

By Laura Gardner, Program Manager, Asia Business Center & Berkeley-Haas Diversity Initiatives

Two-people-talkingFerguson. Eric Garner. Street harassment. Prejudice. Islamophobia. Sizism. Mental health stigma. Ageism. There is so much going on in the world around us that is hard to comprehend, and that attracts a wide array of opinions and reactions—both intellectual and emotional. While many may think that these topics have no place in the workplace, we disagree.

The Haas School of Business’ Office of Diversity Initiatives has started monthly discussions for staff to address many of these topics. The idea came about while our Director of Diversity Initiatives, Eric Abrams, was attending the FTMBA students’ conversation series called “Hot Topics,” and was seated with Erin Kellerhals, Stephanie Fujii, Mike Katz, Nikita Mitchell, and Heather Faison, among others. It was sharing that experience with a student, her partner, and several colleagues that really made him think of starting a similar series for staff.

“It dawned on me that staff might benefit from the chance to discuss issues of the day that relate to diversity,” he explains. Discussion is a great way to be heard, listen to others, and air issues that may be more covert than overt in the workplace.

These discussions are intended to be informal, confidential, and judgment free. They definitely do not replace formal HR complaints, and are intended to bridge understanding. Abrams explains, “We’re NOT trying to change anyone’s hearts or minds. Rather, we want to encourage people to talk to each other. I think that many people look for a safe space to discuss difficult issues, and my hope is that the number of participants continues to grow.”

In December 2014, a group of 23 staff members came together to discuss the racial bias in law enforcement. Abrams gave a presentation about the importance of knowing and meeting people with other backgrounds than one’s own. Since we were short on time, we continued the conversation in our January session with a group of eight staff members. In February, we shifted gears and discussed street harassment with 12 staff members, by showing a couple of YouTube videos to kick it off.

Kate Alper, program manager for the Center for Responsible Business has attended all of the discussions so far. “These discussion topics are issues that affect our daily lives, whether we choose to focus on them or not,” she says. So far she’s appreciated the outlet. “I enjoy the opportunity to hear from other members of the Haas community about their varied perspectives and backgrounds.”

Abrams said the street harassment session was most memorable to him, “As a man, and as a father of sons, I want to behave in a responsible manner… but I’m sure that there have been times where I might have looked too long at a passerby. I know that there have been times where someone has been uncomfortable in my presence, and I’d like to learn how to mitigate that. The conversation that we had was fascinating!”

All of the discussions take place mid-day, and include lunch with an early enough RSVP. In April, we are expanding to include a session at Addison Street for staff working downtown, where we’re going to tackle body image and sizism, by first watching a 45 minute video, followed by a discussion.

About future discussion topics, Abrams says, “I’d like to discuss faith in the workplace—I think a lot of people find discussions of faith very interesting, while others find the topic a bit awkward. Also, a conversation about who benefits from diversity efforts would be topical.”

We would love to hear topic suggestions, if you have them, and look forward to building a more robust participation.

Next Sessions:

Tuesday, April 7 from 12–2 pm at 2001 Addison St. Berkeley
Thursday, April 9 from 12–2 pm at Haas School of Business, Room C330

Please RSVP to lgardner@haas.berkeley.edu

Got Collaboration?

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With this question Brandi Pearce, Haas’ Team Performance & Collaboration Lecturer, kicked-off the Collaborating in Teams Workshop on Friday, March 13 at the iLab.  Answers included: trust, challenging, innovation, sharing, alignment, the sum is better than its parts.

Staff who participated in this experiential workshop had an opportunity to learn about teaming in matrix organizations, to discuss obstacles and drivers of collaborative performance and use some tools that support collaboration throughout the team life-cycle such as:

  • Mindmaps of challenges staff face when working in teams within and across Haas
  • Collaborative planning to enable role clarity, decision-making criteria, communication processes and work preferences
  • Collaborative mapping to identify what is working in a team as well as potential areas for adaptation
  • And, the opportunity to practice giving and receiving feedback

In today’s network economy, organizations use teams as their primary work unit. And yet teaming is hard work. But the pay off is huge. The science of teams is clear on the fact that collaboration increases the organizational productivity and leads to innovative outcomes.  But how do we optimize the collaboration zone? Here are some key takeaways participants shared with us:

  1. When launching a team take time to plan what to do but also have a how to work together conversation with the team.
  2. Carve out time to build the scaffolding around team processes (i.e how are we going to make decisions, how are we going to handle conflict, etc.).
  3. Practice reflexivity, the ability to collectively reflect upon team goals and processes.
  4. Ask for feedback regularly and make sure we debrief after projects to improve collaboration in the future.
  5. Use feedback to modify team processes and pivot.

When you think about “collaboration” what is the first word that pops into your mind? What are some elements of a strong collaborative climate? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

 

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