Personal Effectiveness


Leadership & Personal efficiency

Target group

Members of the Doctoral Schools


All PhD students


Jamie McDonald


By the end of these workshops, you will have addressed the following objectives:

A. The importance of personal effectiveness

1. To identify your personal and professional priorities and values
2. To apply course content in real situations from your research-, or wider- life

B. Time management

3. To use models to understand and prioritise your use of time and energy
4. Tips and tricks of time management that you turn into personalised actions

C. Efficiency & effectiveness

5. How to use evidence-based tools to set compelling goals and motivate yourself
6. Your reasons for procrastination and methods to get back into action
7. How perception affects your choices about effectiveness, boundaries and time

D. Self-management

8. To understand and develop confidence, motivation & awareness of personal drivers
9. How to work effectively with feedback
10. The practical use of a simple model for resilience and resolving challenge


The trainer uses an experiential learning approach that integrates:

• highly interactive exercises and work based on real situations from participants’ lives
• personal-, paired-, and group- reflection on those activities and situations
• drawing of personalised conclusions, and use of theoretical models and principles
• tools and methods for personal action planning to put learning into practice

This approach suits all four of Honey & Mumford’s Learning Styles and Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle. Accordingly, the learning is more memorable than traditional classroom methods, and each person takes relevant, practical and sustainable learning from their experience. This stops training being merely an intellectual or token process.

In the workshops, time is dedicated to activities, discussion and reflection on practice, as well as models and tools that set the subjects in a practical context. This is supported by fieldwork before, between and after the workshops. In turn, those experiences deepen the learning and its integration into daily practice.


The course is offered in 2 versions: online and on-campus. 

Time schedule & Venue

Course code Dates Time  Room/Venue

6 + 7 + 9 and 10 March 2023

13:30-16:30 ONLINE via ZOOM

12 and 15 May 2023


12 May: Dormitorium, Het Pand

15 May: Online


19 until 22 June 2023

13:30-16:30 ONLINE via ZOOM


Registration fee

Free of charge for members of the Doctoral Schools. The no show policy applies.


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Your registration will be confirmed by separate email from the Doctoral Schools.

Teaching and learning material


Number of participants





4 half days (online) or 2 full days (on-campus)

Evaluation methods and criteria (doctoral training programme)

100% participation