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Employee Learning and Development E-Newsletter [Vanderbilt University]

November 2023

The Editor’s Note

As 2023 winds down, there are still a couple of learning experiences on the HR ELE calendar to close out the year.

On another note, last week we completed our fall book club series, Aspiring LeadeReads, which centered on the book, No Hard Feelings: The Secret Power of Embracing Emotions at Work. After reading the book as a team (ELE), we thought it would be a great offering for VU staff. It turned out to be the perfect pick for the highly engaged group of staff who joined us. Several participants have shared with us the value they found in this learning experience. With spring approaching, we hope you’ll join us for the next Aspiring LeadeReads offering. Stay tuned to learn more about our spring lineup in the coming weeks!


  • Remaining November HR ELE experiences
  • HBR’s Coaching Real Leaders podcast

Happy Learning!


HR Employee Learning and Engagement |  Upcoming Learning Experiences 


Date: Thursday, November 30, 2023  |  Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm CST

Register Here


Date: Thursday, December 7, 2023  |  Time: 1pm – 2pm CST

Register Here

To learn more about upcoming workshops and other learning resources, please visit our website. If you would like the ELE team to facilitate a learning experience, please submit your request here

Did You Know…?

Perception shapes our worldview as we navigate our life experiences, but there is room for expansion.

“So we’re all living inside of our own Perception Box. It’s dark in there. It doesn’t actually see or hear anything. It’s just a series of signals, and each brain, you can think of it like a thumbprint. Physically speaking, each brain is unique. It’s slightly different, and it’s shaped throughout our lives based on our experiences. Our perceptions are basically formed from a combination of what we expect, so that’s coming internally from our past experiences, and then what’s coming into our brain externally.” ~ Dr. Heather Berlin, Neuroscientist

Explore more stories from the Science of Perception Box, a series provided by the Big Think + Unlikely Collaborators partnership.

Additional Learning Resources


HBR Coaching Real Leaders | Season 6, Episode 1: How Do I Communicate With More Tact?

Listen in less than an hour!

Host, Muriel Wilkins, helps a leader understand what might be holding him back and coaches him through how to improve his approach.



In Praise of the Middle Manager

(Diane Brady, Forbes)

The First 5% Rule and Other Meeting Strategies Will Transform Your Leadership

(Jenna Abdou, FastCompany)

How to Make It Safe for People to Speak Up at Work

(Steven Shedletzky, Greater Good Magazine)



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Complete the following steps to register for Lyra Learn and Lyra Gatherings:

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  4. Check your email for the link to complete the registration process

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