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To supplement your professional development, we would like to introduce to you two online resources: and YouTube videos.

What is is a continually growing and evolving library of training videos and tutorials covering a wide range of software, technologies and business topics. DU faculty and staff members can take advantage of free 24/7 access to the entire library of training.

Make sure to follow the blog, newsletter or RSS feed to get news about latest releases. Many of the classes have been incorporated into the Colorado 14ers Professional Development Program as well.

Log in with your PioneerWeb user ID and password. After logging on you will be prompted to create a profile which you can later use to track your progress, report on classes taken, and create bookmarks.

Topical YouTube Videos

We've selected a series of professional and personal development videos from YouTube to enhance your growth here at DU. Many of these videos have also been incorporated into the Colorado 14ers Professional Development Program. Enjoy.


To watch the videos below, simply click on the url.


Daniel Pink: What Really Motivates Workers

Author Daniel Pink draws on decades of scientific research to identify what makes us truly happy at work. Hint: It's not all about the money,

10 Ways To Motivate Employees

The best 5 low-cost and 5 free ways to motivate your employees,

RSA Animate - Drive: The surprising truth about what motivates us

This lively RSA Animate, adapted from Dan Pink's talk at the RSA, illustrates the hidden truths behind what really motivates us at home and in the workplace,

The Psychology of Self-Motivation | Scott Geller | TEDxVirginiaTech

Scott Geller is Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech and Director of the Center for Applied Behavior Systems in the Department of Psychology. Scott will examine how we can become self-motivated in "The Psychology of Self-Motivation."


 John Maxwell: The 5 Levels of Leadership

New York Times Best-Selling Author, Dr. John C. Maxwell, teaches the high points of The 5 Levels of Leadership at the Chick-Fil-A Leadercast,

Authentic Leadership: We Are All Leaders!

Greg Giesen shares the true meaning of leadership,

Authentic Leadership: The Power of a Defining Moment

Greg Giesen talks about one of his most powerful defining moments and how it changed his life,

Simon Sinek: Why Good Leaders Make You Feel Safe

What makes a great leader? Management theorist Simon Sinek Suggests it's someone who makes their employees feel secure, who draws staffers into a circle of trust,

Drew Dudley: Everyday Leadership - TED Talks

We have all changed someone's life - usually without even realizing it. In this funny talk, Drew Dudley call on all of us to celebrate leadership as the everyday act of improving each other's lives,

Authentic Leadership: Conflict on the Mountain

Greg Giesen shares his story about what makes a purpose/vision so compelling that results will happen,



Profit isn’t always the point, Harish Manwani

The investment logic for sustainability, Chris McNett

The business logic of sustainability, Ray Anderson

Sustainability – the logic and power of transformative collaboration, Keith Weed

Let’s go all in on selling sustainability, Steve Howard


Urban Development

The walkable city, Jeff Speck

Why buses represent democracy in action, Enrique Penalosa

New York’s streets not so mean anymore, Janette Sadik-Khan

Greening the ghetto, Marjora Carter

The rise of protected bike lanes, People for bikes



What’s wrong with how we eat, Mark Bittman

The global food waste scandal, Tristram Stuart

Why I’m a weekday vegetarian, Graham Hill

How we can eat our landscapes, Pam Warhurst

My subversive (garden) plot, Roger Doiron



How to keep rivers and streams flowing, Rob Harmon

The earth is full, Paul Gilding


 TEDxHampshireCollege - Jim Ferrell - Resolving the Heart of Conflict

James Ferrell is the author or coauthor of several bestselling books, including the international bestsellers, Leadership & Self-Deception and The Anatomy of Peace.

Thomas Kilmann Explained

Thomas Kilmann is one of the most used conflict styles assessment in the world. It’s easy to comprehend, useful, and extremely helpful,

How to Manage Cross-Cultural Conflict

Dr. Linda Wagener gives helpful insights and practical tools in how to resolve conflict in a cross-cultural context,

 TED Conflict Negotiation

World-renowned conflict negotiator, William Ury, talks about resolving and negotiating conflict worldwide,


Lissa Rankin: The shocking truth about your health

Lissa Rankin, M.D., is an OB/GYN physician, author, keynote speaker, consultant to health care visionaries, professional artist, and founder of the women’s health and wellness community,

Daniel Amen: The most important lesson from 83,000 brain scans

Daniel Amen delivers his most powerful TED Talks yet on brain scan research.

Dr. Joel Fuhrman: I Love Nutritional Science

Joel Fuhrman, M.D., is a family physician, NY Times best-selling author and nutritional researcher who specializes in preventing and reversing disease through nutritional and natural methods.

Jon Kabat-Zinn: Mindfulness

Jon Kabat-Zinn leads a session on Mindfulness at Google.

Shawn Achor: The Happiness Advantage

Shawn Achor is the winner of over a dozen distinguished teaching awards at Harvard University, where he delivers lectures on positive psychology in the most popular class at Harvard.


Giving Feedback - 3 Funny Examples of Giving Employee Feedback

Giving feedback doesn’t have to be hard. Shari Harley’s funny communication skills training video demonstrates three examples of giving feedback in a minute and forty-one seconds,

10 Common Mistakes in Giving Feedback

Feedback can be uncomfortable to give, but with the right technique it can go more smoothly. Avoid these 10 common blunders when giving feedback to others, taken from the Center for Creative Leadership's,

S.B.I. Feedback Tool - Situation/ Behavior/ Impact

This is the method we (Center for Creative Leadership) teach to all of the leaders we work with. Short, simple, extremely effective (the method that is!),

SBI Feedback Model

An overview of using the SBI model in giving feedback,


Daniel Goleman Introduces Emotional Intelligence

The author explains his theories of emotional intelligence,

Daniel Goleman Explains Emotional Intelligence

An interview with EI expert, Daniel Goleman,

Emotional Intelligence

A short animation breaking down the concepts of emotional intelligence and how it’s an integral part of thinking and decision-making, 

TEDxClaremontColleges: A Conversation with Dr. Love

Researcher Paul Zak discusses the chemicals behind emotions,

Emotional Intelligence: How Good Leaders become Great

Dr. Mitchel Adler, instructor for the UC Davis Executive Leadership Program, talks about emotional intelligence and how good leaders use it to their advantage,


Fridays@Noon with Dr. Thomas Walker

Thomas Walker, Director of Educational Programs & LGBTIQA Services for the Center for Multicultural Excellence, talks frankly about inclusive excellence and why it matters,

TEDxDU Diversity Summit Salon

This year the Diversity Summit on Inclusive Excellence partnered with TEDxDU Salon to showcase the community members of the University of Denver and how they approach "Inclusive Action."

Franklin Tuitt, Ed.D on Inclusive Excellence

Dr Frank Tuitt is the Associate Provost for Inclusive Excellence and Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story

Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.


 Dananjaya Hettiarachchi World Champion of Public Speaking 2014

This is the full version of the winning Toastmasters International speech last year,

The Speech that Made Obama President

In 2004, a one-term senator from Illinois took the stage to deliver the keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston. By the time Barack Obama had finished speaking, Democrats across the country knew they had seen the future of their party,

Amy Cuddy: Your body language shapes who you are

Body language affects how others see us, but it may also change how we see ourselves. Social psychologist Amy Cuddy shows how "power posing" -- standing in a posture of confidence, even when we don't feel confident -- can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain, and might even have an impact on our chances for success,

It’s all about the Opening with Shari Harley

Most speakers don't start presentations in an interesting way. Instead they start with, "Hello my name is ____. Thanks for having me. That's boring.  Starting with a Pow! means starting in a way the audience isn't expecting.  Tell a story, use a statistic, show something visual - anything that will grab the audiences' attention,


The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team

Bestselling author Patrick Lencioni shares the 5 Dysfunctions of a Team,

Patrick Lencioni: The Four Traits of Healthy Teams

IESE Prof. Marta Elvira recently spoke with Patrick Lencioni, an expert on building teams and healthy organizations, at the World Business Forum in New York,

High Performance Teams with John Spence

This video is a brief overview of my "high-performance teams" competency model. I developed this model over 15 years of teaching teamwork and high-performance teams at major companies around the world,


 The Art of Stillness

The place that travel writer Pico Iyer would most like to go? Nowhere. In a counterintuitive and lyrical meditation, Iyer takes a look at the incredible insight that comes with taking time for stillness. It’s the talk for anyone who feels overwhelmed by the demands for our world,

 Matthieu Ricard: The Habit of Happiness

 What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment,

The Power of Vulnerability

Brene Brown studies human connection -- our ability to empathize, belong, love. In a poignant, funny talk at TEDxHouston, she shares a deep insight from her research, one that sent her on a personal quest to know herself as well as to understand humanity. A talk to share,

What Makes A Good Life with Robert Waldinger

If you want to invest in "the good life," where should you put your time and energy? Robert Waldinger answers these questions with lessons learned from a 75-year-long study of adult life that started in the late 1930s and continues to this day,

Jill Bolte Taylor’s stroke of insight

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding -- she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another,

Why We Do What We Do with Tony Robbins

Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that make us do what we do -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row,

Steve Jobs’ 2005 Stanford Commencement Address

Drawing from some of the most pivotal points in his life, Steve Jobs, chief executive officer and co-founder of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, urged graduates to pursue their dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself -- at the university's 114th Commencement on June 12, 2005,

Dan Gilbert: Why are we happy? Why aren’t we happy?

Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that well be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned,

Stephen Hawking: Questioning the universe

Professor Stephen Hawking asks some big questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them,  


Who moved my Cheese? The Movie by Dr. Spencer Johnson

"Who Moved My Cheese? An Amazing Way to Deal with Change in Your Work and in Your Life". This is a motivational book by Spencer Johnson written in the style of a parable,

TEDxPerth - Jason Clarke - Embracing Change

Jason talks about embracing change,

Explaining Kotter's 8 Step Change Model

Useful tips for implementing change successfully,

How to Lead Change Management

DeAnne Aguirre, senior partner with Strategy&, discusses techniques that can help companies transform quickly and effectively,

John Kotter - The Heart of Change

Dr. Kotter talks about how to win over both hearts and minds in his book The Heart of Change. Within Dr Kotter's 8 Step Process winning hearts and minds is an important part of business thinking and a way to change behavior in an organizational or a cultural change,

Taking Charge of Change

When people recognize and address the internal transitions associated with change, they are better able to manage their responses. Using William Bridges'
3-stage model, this video program shows employees how to accept what's happening and remain productive throughout the change process,

Change and Transition

This video talks about William Bridges Change and Transition model. Two stories are referenced in the video that serve as a campaign video that brings home the importance of addressing the issue of transition and the "ending zone",

Matthew Kelly: "People Love Change, They Just Don't Like Transition"

Matthew Kelly, international speaker and author of The Dream Manager, discusses the idea that it's not the change people hate, it's the transition,


Seinfeld Customer Service Example

The Soup Nazi,

Richard Branson Reveals His Customer Service Secrets contributor and communications coach, Carmine Gallo, learned 7 valuable customer service lessons in a day with Richard Branson and the Virgin America team,

4 Ways to Elevate the Customer’s Experience

Do you know how to elevate the experience for your customer? Customer service expert, Mark Sanborn does. Everyone knows how to "create" or "manage" the customer experience. Success comes from ELEVATING the experience so that you leave your competitors behind. There are four keys and this video will teach you what to do,

Bill Capodagli on The Disney Way

With nearly three decades of management consulting and corporate research expertise, Bill Capodagli (pronounced Ca po die) co-authored one of Fortune Magazine's "Best Business Books of 1999," The Disney Way: Harnessing the Management Secrets of Disney in Your Company,