WHAT THE BEST MANAGERS KNOW AND DO ©
What makes a manager a “good manager”? It really is quite simple: they know and do certain things that differentiate them from many of their colleagues. It is not that they are smarter, taller, better looking or of one gender or the other. Moreover, the good ones were not necessarily top notch managers right from the start. While some individuals may begin with some natural intellectual and personal assets that predispose them to succeed as managers, all the really good ones learned and honed their craft over time through hard work and experience.
This dynamic, interactive workshop has been built around the insights, wisdom, and experience of some of the best women and men in the management profession. The workshop’s six, over arching topical pillars, and the scenarios that encompass them, are designed to assist participants in: (1) developing the right mind-set as a manager; (2) gaining the necessary insights for performing effectively as a manager; (3) developing the habit of exercising the three critical steps -- the "STRATEGIC TRIANGLE” © -- for making better management decisions; (4) tailoring group discussions to their own unique organizational environment as a means for experiencing the power of collective, collegial wisdom in addressing common management issues; and (5) making their adjustment to their managerial role as rapid as possible.
Workshop participants will have the opportunity to examine their own management style, identify their individual strengths and weaknesses, hone critical management skills, and map out a sensible plan for further skill development. They will gain a deeper understanding of what it means to shoulder and exercise responsibility, the keys to providing constructive feedback, the art of letting go and empowering others as the key to creating a high performing team, the techniques for managing up as well as down, and the absolute necessity of constantly being in a learning mode.
Above all, this workshop is about the truth: managing is an extremely hard and often thankless job, and inherently a humbling experience. Thus, learning to be a good manager not only requires the ability to constantly adapt, learn and grow in one’s managerial role but also a sense of humor especially in regard to one’s own foibles. Participants prepared to apply the lessons of experience contained in this workshop and apply the insights and skills it provides, will quickly see positive results.
This workshop is presented in three formats. Most commonly, in a two-day version which works best for large groups and within a specific organizational context. The workshop can, however, also be structured as a series of six separate sessions, separated in time, each structured around one of the workshop's topical pillars. This format is ideal for small groups of individuals from different organizations for whom a single, consolidated, two-day version will not work. Finally, the workshop can be structured as a tutorial for a single manager or aspiring manager interested in exploring the challenges of the demanding management profession.