Professional Development

This extended period of remote work is a challenge for everyone, but it is also a great opportunity to concentrate some of your time on personal and professional development. Learning and Organizational Development (LOD) invites you to explore the many opportunities available to acquire new knowledge and skills through virtual learning. The information and resources provided below will enable you to begin developing yourself while at home. You may find additional options as you begin to explore, but these are great resources to get you started.

LOD Courses

Learning Playlists

Do you want to build your skills but aren't sure how to get started? We make it easy for you with our learning playlists which allow you to learn at your own pace! Each playlist offers different formats and options for learning on a specific topic (such as MS Excel, PowerPoint, Project Management, and more). You decide how deeply you want to dive into a topic; you can take a full learning path or just a quick overview. Go to the Learning Playlists.

Staff Series

Learning and Organizational Development is partnering with Work Life and FSAP to offer this series of short, interactive Zoom sessions that will provide tips and tools for individuals in a “non-people manager” position. Go to the Staff Series.

Supervisory Series

Sessions from our Supervisory Series are now available through ELMS as online courses that can be taken at any time. Sessions provide tips and tools for topics such as providing feedback, setting expectations, ensuring productivity, motivating employees, cultivating resistance to stress, surviving work-life during a pandemic, and more. See the Supervisory Series.

HR Rep Courses

You can also access online HR Rep courses through the ELMS. The HR Rep course now includes the HR Toolkit

Development Planning

One additional online option is the Development Planning course, also available through the ELMS. Additional courses may be made available soon.

Performance Management at Emory: What Employees Should Know

Learn how Emory's performance management process works from an employee perspective, including  competencies and performance management tools with this online course.

Performance Management at Emory: What Managers Should Know

Learn how Emory's performance management process works from a manager/leader perspective, including competencies and performance management tools with this online course.

Virtual Topics

Working, meeting and learning are all viable options in today’s environment. During this time of working from home, we are all faced with changes to our work structures and routines. Here are some relevant articles that may assist you in adapting to the current state of work:

Learning Zoom

Zoom is a meeting and learning tool of choice. Many people may have some hesitancies when it is their turn to facilitate a Zoom meeting for the first time. To learn Zoom, view training which is available through LinkedIn Learning:

View Zoom Training

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning (formerly known as provides great learning and development resources ranging from an online webinar to a course program. To access:

Suggested Courses

Find LinkedIn Learning courses recommended by LOD based on their relevance to the Emory performance management competencies, as well as other frequently used and popular courses:

  • Building Trust
  • Establishing Trust
  • Creating a Culture of Trust
  • Communicating with Transparency

  • Creating a Culture of Collaboration
  • Collaboration Principles and Processes
  • Business Collaboration in the Modern Workplace
  • Being and Effective Team Member
  • Negotiation Fundamentals
  • Managing Project Ethics

  • Communication
  • Organization Communication Fundamentals
  • Business Writing Strategies
  • Business Writing Fundamentals
  • Writing Business Reports
  • Conflict Resolution Fundamentals
  • Effective Listening
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Grammar Fundamentals
  • Note Taking for Business Professionals
  • Public Speaking Fundamentals
  • Writing Emails
  • Writing in Plain English
  • Writing Proposals
  • Communication Tips
  • Business Etiquette Phone, Email and Text
  • Leading with Emotional Intelligence
  • Leading with Stories

  • Managing for Results
  • Time Management Fundamentals
  • Managing Project Quality

  • Solving Business Problems
  • Everyday Math Fundamentals
  • The “Bad at Math” Myth

  • Customer Service Fundamentals
  • Building Customer Loyalty
  • Managing a Customer Service Team
  • Innovative Customer Service Techniques
  • Quick Fixes for Customer Service

This competency is meant to be a “placeholder” for things specific to your job.  To find development materials specific to your function:

There are limited options found in LinkedIn Learning that pertain to the “Initiative” competency.  If you complete a search, you will find only short videos on the topic rather than a course. 

  • Revising and Proofreading
  • The Importance of Proofreading
  • Editing and Proofreading Made Simple

  • Basics of Data Analytics
  • R for Data Science: Lunchbreak Lessons
  • Everyday Statistics, with Eddie Davila
  • Excel: Market Research Strategies
  • Data Visualization: A Lesson and Listen Series
  • Financial Modeling and Forecasting Financial Statements
  • Measuring Business Performance
  • Critical Thinking

  • Finance for Non-Financial Managers
  • Running a Profitable Business: Understanding Financial Ratios
  • Finance Foundations
  • Accounting Foundations
  • Financial Basics Everyone Should Know
  • Corporate Finance Foundations

  • Creating a Career Plan
  • How to Develop Your Career Plan
  • Discovering Your Strengths

  • Delivering Feedback in Context
  • Difficult Situations: Solutions for Managers
  • Coaching Skills for Leaders and Managers
  • Coaching and Developing Employees
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback

  • Project Management Simplified
  • Project Management Foundations
  • Project Management Foundations (topics: Budget, Risk, Small Projects, Quality, Integration)
  • Cert Prep: Project Management Professional (PMP)

  • Managing Stress
  • Building Resilience
  • Enhancing Resilience
  • Building Resilience as a Leader
  • Managing in Difficult Times

  • Lean Six Sigma Foundations
  • Six Sigma Foundations
  • Becoming a Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Six Sigma Green Belt
  • Becoming a Six Sigma Black Belt
  • Six Sigma Black Belt

  • Speed Reading Fundamentals
  • Top 5 Speed Reading Tips
  • Speed Reading your Emails
  • Improving your reading comprehension through speed variability

LinkedIn Learning offers multiple courses and videos for Microsoft Software at multiple levels and on multiple versions.

Office 365

Microsoft offers free training for Office 365 applications.

View Microsoft Training

Other Resources

Emory Overdrive

Read or listen to a large selection of books through Emory Overdrive. All you need is your Emory employee NetID and password to start searching the library. Download books or audiobooks to your favorite mobile device and start your development with a good read or listen. If you download the Overdrive app to your mobile device, you will find additional libraries.

Publications, Videos & Podcasts

There are many reading options for business management articles, videos and podcasts that you can follow with a free signup. The list below is a sample of what is available and provides a guide in your exploration in finding your development niche.

Harvard Business Review

Harvard Business Review is the leading destination for smart management thinking. Through its flagship magazine, Harvard Business Review provides professionals with insights and best practices to lead themselves and their organizations more effectively and to make a positive impact.

Ted Talks

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) that covers almost all topics, from science to business to global issues, in more than 100 languages.


In addition to Ted Talks, YouTube also has many video options for viewing. Enter your search criteria to find video topics on leadership, motivation, business, communication, etc.

Fast Company

Fast Company provides a progressive and unique editorial focus on innovation in technology, ethonomics (ethical economics), leadership, and design. Fast Company inspires readers to think beyond traditional boundaries, lead conversations and create the future of business. Fast Company also provides podcasts through this link.


Podcasts are great options for listening at your desk or while you’re on the go. 

Learn Another Language with Open Culture

Many people speak a second language; however, if you have always wanted to learn another language and have put this as something on your “to do” list, the Open Culture website provides the option to learn languages for free. This collection features lessons in 48 languages including Spanish, French, English, Mandarin, Italian, Russian and more. Download audio lessons to your computer or mp3 player and you’re good to go.