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2017 Workshops and Resources

1. Workshops

Faculty - you can invite the coach into your class to offer a workshop. Please look through the workshops below and contact to arrange for a mutually agreeable time.

2. Print and On-Line Materials


1.1 Introduction to Success Coaching

This introductory workshop is primarily designed to introduce success coaching as a support strategy for academic success and wellbeing. Attend with the aim to learn about this service, your role, the coach's role and how to access this source of support from a professional coach. Students interested in partnering with VIU's Success Coach apply and sign a coaching agreement, which will be reviewed at this workshop.

Success Coaching

The Success Coach is a professional coach. She partners with students in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential. Learn to shift your mind-set and grow your skills, for a more enjoyable and effective student life. Create a vision for your life as a student that balances self and student responsibilities. Manage your priorities better so you have more energy and greater focus for what is important to you. Many students experience decreased feelings of anxiety as they collaborate with a professional coach to set and achieve their personal and professional goals.

1.2 All About Academic Probation

If you are returning from suspension or have been placed on Academic Probation, this session is for you. Come and learn what VIU expects from students who are placed on Academic Probation and what it takes to get your Academic Probation status lifted. Like being at a flashing yellow light, it is time to proceed with caution. This is a time when you might like to reassess where you are, what you have accomplished, what your challenges are and increase your circle of support as you proceed with your academic plans.Academic Probation

Take time to determine what you want by being able to articulate answers to these questions:

    • What is important to me regarding school?
    • Who do I want to be in this setting?
    • What do I want to achieve?
    • How will I achieve my goals?
    • What resources will I access to increase my chances of success.

Bring all your questions to this session so you can leave the workshop knowing what Academic Probation means.

You will also be introduced to some famous people who experienced failure and then went on to achieve greatly in their field.


1.3 Develop a Growth Mind Set for an "I Can" Attitude

Mind-set is the approach, ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, particularly a I can and I will.difficult one.

What is your mind-set? Does it power you up for success? Do you think that your life, including who and what's in it is your choice or do you feel like a victim of your circumstances?


Students are invited to explore various types of archetypal mindsets as well as assess their own mind-sets.  While doing this we will investigate the role beliefs and thoughts play in choices and actions. Beliefs influence thoughts which in turn influence actions. Different beliefs create different thoughts which in turn impact actions.  Different actions create different results!

You can decide to shift your mind set to potentiate different actions. The choice is yours.


  • Explore the difference between various mind sets such as fixed, learner and judger mind sets.
  • Practice changing the kinds of questions you ask yourself and others and in the process, change your life.


1.4 My Well-Life Vision & Plan

Your self-care, sleep habits, personal boundaries and the way you talk to yourself and about yourself matter - probably even more than you realize. What are your connections like? Are you sleepy much of the time?  Do wellness wheelyou move your body further than between your computer screen and the couch and from school to home again? What are the specific benefits to your brain (neuron growth) as it relates to physical activity?  Don’t know? Come to this workshop and find out! (Bring a device to access the internet with you if you can.)

This workshop you will help you to create your own well-life vision and priorities for action. We will survey a variety of actions you can take to enhance your own health and well-being, which fall under seven broad headings.  Expand your repertoire of how to build your well-being skills.  These seven categories are organized around the ACTIONS acronym:

Active, Calming, Thinking, Identity, Optimizing, Nourishing, and Social interventions.

Learn detailed suggestions of how to build new positive habits that enhance the experience of well-being into your life.

Do you have a habit of taking good care of yourself? If not, what is stopping you? 


  1. Complete health & wellness self-assessments
  2. Establish your vision statement regarding your well-being.
  3. Learn ACTION interventions to enhance your own well-being
  4. Create your well-life action plan

 1.5 Time Management - It's About Priority Management

Today’s priorities give me focus. A vision for where you want to go and priorities for getting there are essential to your success. On a Simon Sinek on Visiondaily basis you need to know what is important and embrace and fulfill those priorities. Priorities are what makes it possible to identify what is really important so that we can direct our time to maximize our efforts.

Come to this workshop and create your vision, sort out your priorities and then create a system to keep yourself on track with actions that are aligned with what is important to you.


  • Identify and order your priorities.
  • Explore tools and worksheets that will help you manage your time.
  • Create a system for yourself to pay attention to your daily action items.

1.6 Habits: The Secret to Your Success

We all know that habits can hurt & hinder or help you create a life that is full of action and impact. Bad habits can fester and grow into a lifestyle that takes away from the story you want to create and good habits can lead to living the life you envision for yourself.

I define success as people able to accomplish their biggest goals. Successful people are not perfect by any means, but how do they continue to make progress and make a positive impact on their goals? A lot of it has to do with the habits they cultivate.

"Motivation gets you started. HABIT keeps you going" Jim Rohn

"Whether you think you can, or think you can't. You're right" Henry Ford


Explore the following material:

  • The anatomy of habit
  • The impact of your beliefs on changing a habit
  • Four techniques to change a habit
  • The role of mindfulness in changing a habit

1.7 Immunity to Change and How to Overcome It

Did you set some goals around how you were going to change something in your approach to doing school, but have not yet been successful?  Sometimes, it is just a matter of changing your routines and habits.  At other times, what is needed is a change to your mindset.  An adaptive change is a change that also addresses both thinking and feeling, which can then facilitate that behavior change you want.

Some changes are possible with a technical solution.  You want to achieve this or that, so you create a set of actions you plan to take and then you simply follow your plan.  Sometimes we make great plans and then cannot for the life of us make the behavior change necessary to realize that particular goal.  What is going on?  Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey, who wrote the book on Immunity to Change: How to Overcome it and Unlock the Potential inside Yourself and Your Organization, would say that you have a well-developed system to prevent the very change that you are attempting to make.  The whole system of immunity to change is described in great detail in their book.

Immunity to change is a system working in your sub-conscious to keep you from making the very changes you have set out to make!  These kinds of changes, which have a built in immune system acting to keep you from making the change you seek requires not simply a technical solution, but rather an “adaptive change”. 

Adaptive change requires a certain amount of self-reflection as the “immunity to change” system is often rooted in unexamined assumptions and beliefs.  Examine the assumptions and test assumptions that create that mental map. When assumptions and the underlying mental model shifts, the desired behavior change then becomes possible.


  • Learn how to create an immunity map through a step by step process
  • Devise tests to challenge your assumptions to facilitate adaptive change in yourself

What People are Saying

Past workshops facilitated by the Success Coach have motivated students to change some of their habits and choices. More importantly, students say they leave the workshops with specific ideas about actions they can take in their situation as a result of every workshop given in the last couple of years:

"I will change how I see talent by knowing and believing that talent is able to be improved with practice." workshop participant

"I am going to set boundaries and say 'no' more." workshop participant

"Self care is SO important so I want to make sure I am balancing my schedule well and doing what I love." workshop participant

"Get more sleep, eat a good breakfast and take some alone time & recap the day." workshop participant

"I have reassessed how I currently prioritize my time and will take action to make sure that I make time for what is most valuable and important to me. You can't change the number of hours in a day, but you can make changes to your daily routine so that you have time for those aspects you do value." workshop participant

"Really enjoyed the round table discussion. You learn so much from hearing the ideas and perspectives of others - Great workshop!" workshop participant

"It was awesome! Very helpful and motivating as we begin the next season." Workshop participant

2.1 Welcome Package Items


2.2 Mind Sets


If you are interested in reading about the power of mind sets and their influence on your success, these two books are interesting reads:


Mind Set: The New Psychology of Success, How We Can Learn To Fulfill Our Potential by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.

Change Your Questions, Change Your Life:  10 Powerful Tools For Life and Work, by Marilee Adams, Ph.D.

Scarcity, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir


2.3 Habits, Practices and Patterns


Spark, The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J. Ratey, MD

14 Tips For Getting More Sleep and Why It Matters

Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin

7 Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen Covey

Powerful Lessons in Personal Change: How Successful People Think by John C. Maxwell

Change your Thinking, Change your Life by John. C. Maxwell

Brain Changer : How Harnessing Your Brain's Power to Adapt Can Change Your Life by

David DiSalvo.


2.4 Skills and Capabilities


Learning Matters 

Strengths Finder 2.0 by Tom Rath

How full is your bucket? by Tom Rath and Donald Clifton

Leadership 101; What Every Leader Needs To Know, by John Maxwell

How to Succeed at University (and Get a Great Job) by Thomas Klassen and John Dwyer


2.5 Energy


Energy Drainer/Energy Gainer List
What are the things in life that just drain you?  You can feel it… your mood is different, you might dread something, you could feel pain and hurt.  It could be clutter, mess or inefficiencies.  It’s not always just about inefficiencies. Sometimes you are doing work that is no longer your job, or never was. Take a hard look at what’s on your plate and have a conversation with yourself about what needs to stay and what needs to go.  Energy gainers are things that you love, that give you energy and a sense of purpose or peace or joy (think people, activities and habits).  Energy drainers have the opposite effect.  Need help?  Apply to work with a coach.


You can begin to do this by writing a list of energy drainers and energy gainers. For the drainers: what can you eliminate within the next 30 days? For the gainers: which ones can you implement within the next 30 days?  Awareness is the first step, and then action!