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Organizational Excellence

Team Building & Retreat Planning

Strengthen your team dynamics with fun team building activities, or let us help you plan and structure department/office/division retreats. We specialize in improving communication, strengthening relationships, managing change, innovation, strategic planning, and a variety of other topics. The Office of Organizational Excellence is happy to work with you and provide support for your team in whatever area you need.

Team Building

Schedule a hands-on workshop to learn through firsthand experiences the importance of identifying and understanding objectives, how to effectively communicate with all team members, and how to build trust, rely on one another, and ultimately build a productive team.  Team building activities can be modified for specific outcomes based on department or office needs.


Learn how to maximize your team's potential and increase the camaraderie and confidence of your staff through exploring Clifton StrengthsFinder. StrengthsFinder reveals an individual's top 5 strengths, which explain their greatest motivators for behavior and how they see the world. Through understanding your Strengths, you will be able to understand why you do what you do and how to easily shift your perspective to learn and accomplish any task from a place of ease rather than frustration. In addition, learning your team's strengths allows the entire group to function more efficiently and cohesively as a unit, understanding what others are naturally good at and how to best motivate and encourage the entire team. Lastly, you will also learn how to structure your team in ways that empower members to do what they do best - ultimately utilizing everyone's natural talents to become a much stronger unit.

Real Colors

Have you ever asked yourself, "Why do people do the things they do?" Real Colors is a fun, interactive workshop that will provide you with skills to understand human behavior in a new way. In this two to four hour workshop, learn to identify your own – and other people’s – Real Colors and personal strengths; understand the different ways people process information; communicate with others in the most effective way possible; and learn to recognize and appreciate the strengths and viewpoints of others.  This workshop is ideal for groups of 20-50.  Teams from University Communications and the Student Health Center have already scheduled their Real Colors training – consider bringing your team together to sign up today!

Retreat Planning and Design Utilizing Liberating Structures

Our team is prepared to help you plan your next retreat. We use Liberating Structures, tools to maximize participation, engagement and collaboration. Contact us for more information. 

Change Management

Successful change happens one person at a time. Change management provides an enabling framework for managing the people side of change. We offer several learning activities, including consultation services and workshop facilitation, which will assist employees and support managers who wish to implement effective change management practices. We are certified in the Prosci® Change Management methodology ready to assist the campus. Watch for the following workshops offered throughout the year. 

  • Change Management Practitioner (3 day)
  • Change Management for Employees (6 hour)
  • Change Management for Managers (6 hour)
  • Delivering Project Results  (4 hour)

Additional learning opportunities to strengthen teams:

In collaboration with Empathia, Fresno State’s EAP provider, we also provide trainings on the following subjects:  

  • Conflict resolution
  • Communication building
  • Managing disgruntled/angry people
  • Coping and adapting to change
  • Stress reduction
  • Work-life balance

Contact Katie Williamson at 278-4851 or to schedule a training.

Fresno State encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, please call us at 559.278.5330.