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Workshop on Managing Up For YNPN


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Workshop for Young Nonprofit Professionals Network on the topic of managing up, or how to work successfully with your supervisor

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Workshop on Managing Up For YNPN

  1. 1. Welcome! And thank you for being here. We will have networking from 6:00 – 6:30pm. Please help yourself to refreshments. The workshop will begin promptly at 6:30pm.
  2. 2. Managing Up: How to Make Your Supervisor Work for You Workshop for YNPN Friday, September 25, 2009, 6:30 – 8:30 pm Support Center for Nonprofit Management, Training Room, 11 th Floor 305 Seventh Avenue @ 27th Street, NY, NY
  3. 3. Introductory Pair Activity <ul><li>Find a partner </li></ul><ul><li>Introduce yourself </li></ul><ul><li>Find three work-related things you have in common (e.g. you both work for a health services nonprofit, you’re both on the fundraising team, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Be prepared to share your names and the three things you have in common </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>National Training Specialist, Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL) </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for BELL’s work: Alex has filled many roles since joining BELL in Nov-04. Currently, she is a National Training Specialist, responsible for project-managing BELL training in all regions and facilitating workshops nationally. Prior to this role, she served as a Tutor and Lead Tutor at three BELL sites – PS 146, PS 246, and PS 310 – while at the same time working as a Training Assistant and Per Diem Trainer. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong experience with education & training: Alex has worked in the out-of-school-time field since 2003, including roles at Oasis and at the Neighborhood Initiatives Development Corporation’s NIDC-After School Program, where she served as a division leader, managing 9 counselors in delivering the daily program & field trips and handling management issues such as escalated student discipline. Alex is passionate about training, and has served as a volunteer trainer conducting art workshops for low-income families at Free Art NYC. She has published half a dozen training articles for T+D Magazine and LEARN. In recognition for her leadership, she was profiled on the Youth Development Exchange’s website, and she completed a 2008 United Way Junior Fellowship in Nonprofit Leadership. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong educational background: Alex graduated cum laude from Lehman College, earning a BA in African and African American Studies, with a minor in Early Childhood Education. She was inducted into the national African American Studies honor society. </li></ul>Meet Your Trainer: Alejandra Kennedy
  5. 5. Meet Your Trainer: Matthea Marquart, MSSW <ul><li>Director of Professional Development Design, Wireless Generation </li></ul><ul><li>A dozen years of experience in nonprofits & the field of education: Matthea’s professional experience includes work as director of training for out-of-school-time provider Building Educated Leaders for Life; president of the founding chapter of the National Organization for Women; director of foundation & government relations at the environmental research nonprofit Inform, Inc.; volunteer teacher in several NYC public high schools; research assistant at the Jewish Home and Hospital Lifecare System; and teacher in Korea and Spain. In these roles, she has managed staff since 1999. </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for training and lifelong learning: Matthea blogs about training issues on NY Nonprofit Press ’s website ( , archived at http:// ), and over a dozen of her training-related articles have been published in T+D Magazine, Training Magazine ’s web edition, New York Nonprofit Press , and LEARN . She was named by Training Magazine as a 2008 Young Trainer to Watch. She is a member of the American Society of Training and Development and attends their professional development events, including meetings for training directors and on current trends in e-learning. Matthea has also been a volunteer teacher in three NYC public high schools, and she taught English as a Second Language in Spain and South Korea. </li></ul><ul><li>Passion for lifelong learning: Matthea has a MSSW from Columbia University and a BA in English from Emory University, where she spent a year abroad at Oxford University. She completed the 2009 Community Resources Exchange Leadership Caucus and a 2008 Senior Fellowship at the United Way of NYC’s Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at the Baruch College School of Public Affairs. </li></ul>
  6. 6. AGENDA / What’s in it for you <ul><li>Introductions </li></ul><ul><li>Warm-up & what’s in it for you </li></ul><ul><li>Getting on the same page – defining “Managing Up” </li></ul><ul><li>Key managing up skills – your skills, discussion </li></ul><ul><li>Group activity – what works & what doesn’t work? </li></ul><ul><li>Applying what we’ve learned – solutions for your challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Wrap-up, questions, evaluations, and thank you </li></ul>
  7. 7. Group Agreements <ul><li>What rules shall we agree to follow during this workshop? </li></ul>
  8. 8. Warm-up Group Activity Please discuss and flipchart: What made you decide to attend this session today? What is one challenge you face managing up with your current supervisor? When you go back home and back to work, what takeaways would you like to use from this session?
  9. 9. From Managing Up: Expert Solutions to Everyday Challenges by Harvard Business Press Definition “Managing up is a conscious approach to working with your manager toward mutually agreed-upon goals that are in the best interests of you, your boss, and your organization. It is not mere political maneuvering; rather, it is a process of influencing your manager to make decisions that benefit both of you as well as the company.” How would you describe “managing up” in plain English?
  10. 10. From a class at Baruch’s School of Public Affairs Another perspective In any interaction with your supervisor, it should be your number one priority to make sure your supervisor feels good. If your supervisor feels good around you, it will benefit your effectiveness at your job and therefore benefit your clients , and it will also benefit your career. You can make your supervisor feel good through gestures such as asking about her/his weekend and showing that you are pleased to see your supervisor. Importantly, you can also make your supervisor feel good by being so good at your job that you rarely cause your supervisor headaches or lost sleep. What is your reaction to this concept?
  11. 11. Discuss in Trios or Pairs <ul><li>What about the definitions surprised you? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there anything missing from the definitions? If so, what? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you disagree with any part of the definitions? If so, which part(s)? </li></ul>
  12. 12. How well do you manage up? For each statement below, answer yes or no to indicate whether the statement applies to you. 1. I am aware of my manager’s expectations of me and have articulated my expectations of my boss. 2. When I negotiate with my boss, I use we and I language. 3. I regularly inform my manager of what I’m working on. 4. I notify my manager of problems promptly and suggest several solutions to consider. 5. My boss and I deal with disagreements as they arise. 6. My relationship with my manager is characterized by trust and reliability. 7. I understand my boss’s pressures and priorities. 8. My manager never steps in to direct one or more of my employees. 9. I’ve asked my manager openly about his or her management style and likes and dislikes and have adapted my style to my boss’s as much as possible. 10. I take as much time as necessary to communicate with my manager about important matters. 11. I seek ways to exert my influence on other department leaders, customers, and suppliers so as to support my manager’s goals.
  13. 13. Interpreting Your Score • If you answered yes to most or all of the statements, you have significant managing-up capability. But keep learning to see what else you can learn about this important business skill. • If you answered no to most or all of the statements, you would benefit from learning more about how to manage up effectively.
  14. 14. Key Managing Up Skills <ul><li>The self-assessment measures key skills. </li></ul><ul><li>What are the reasons that this measurement would include these particular skills? </li></ul><ul><li>Do you agree that these are the most important skills to measure? </li></ul><ul><li>What skills would you add? </li></ul>
  15. 15. Group activity (8 groups): What works & doesn’t work? <ul><li>1 </li></ul><ul><li>As a supervisor , what have staff you’ve supervised done well to manage you up? </li></ul><ul><li>Also, what have you seen other staff try that’s worked well? </li></ul><ul><li>3 </li></ul><ul><li>As an individual contributor , what have you done well to manage up your supervisor? </li></ul><ul><li>Also, what have you seen other staff try that’s worked well? </li></ul><ul><li>2 </li></ul><ul><li>As a supervisor , what have staff you’ve supervised done poorly when managing you up? </li></ul><ul><li>Also, what have you seen other staff try that hasn’t worked out? </li></ul><ul><li>4 </li></ul><ul><li>As an individual contributor , what have you seen staff try that hasn’t worked out when managing up their supervisors? </li></ul><ul><li>Have you tried anything that hasn’t worked out? </li></ul>
  16. 16. In Groups of Four: Your Challenge <ul><li>Take turns – each person should have a chance to: </li></ul><ul><li>Share your challenge managing up your supervisor (from the first group activity) </li></ul><ul><li>Get advice from the group, based on today’s workshop and on professional experience </li></ul><ul><li>Please respect each others’ confidentiality if requested </li></ul><ul><li>Note: sharing out with the whole group will be voluntary </li></ul>
  17. 17. Revisiting Our Group Warm-up <ul><li>Did we cover all the takeaways that you wanted? </li></ul><ul><li>What else should we discuss? </li></ul>
  18. 18. Wrap-up What is the most useful takeaway for you from this session, and how will you begin to use it when you go back to work next week?
  19. 19. Questions?
  20. 20. Thank you! Special thanks: YNPN & YNPN Professional Dev. Committee Special thanks: Ratna Noteman Professional Dev. Chair, YNPN