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2021 Trainings

Supervisor Coaching Lab

Mastering your supervision helps create strong employee engagement, high staff morale, and great functioning teams. Debbie Okerlund and Lisa Negstad partner team up with MCN to offer monthly one-hour virtual supervisor coaching lab sessions to help you master your supervisor skills. The sessions are virtual and are held on the second Thursday of the month from 1 – 2 p.m. (with the exception of April and May which will be on the 3rd Thursday). Each session centers on a specific supervision topic and includes a mix of teaching and interaction. These labs allow you to immediately apply skills or techniques to your work situation. They are geared towards people who are new to supervision as well as those who want ongoing content to renew their supervision practices. The labs are also relevant for those who supervise volunteers.

Register here for the February – July 2021 Series

The registration price includes all six sessions. Schedule and topics for this series: February 11 — Onboarding Examine the process of bringing new staff into your organization, explore why it is important and identify essentials for retention and success. March 11 — Supervising Remotely Discuss barriers of remote supervision and discover methods to create healthy working relationships even if you aren’t able to meet and work together in person. April 22 — Meeting management and facilitation Tackle and decrease meeting fatigue and dread; Learn tools to facilitate productive, focused, energizing meetings. May 20 — Effective 1:1 Conversations Learn practical tools for one of the most effective practices for supervisors: regular one-on-one conversations June 10 — Transforming Difficult Conversations Learn a process for transforming a potentially difficult conversation into an opportunity for understanding and growth. July 8 — How to engage employees Explore why employee engagement is such a complex topic and learn practical, concrete ways you can improve employee engagement.

Register here for the July – December 2021 Series

The registration price includes all six sessions

Schedule and topics for this series:

July 15 — Shift from Boss to Coach: Listening Develop awareness of the different listening modes; learn engaged listening skills to increase trust and improve your conversations with staff. August 12 — Creating High Functioning Teams Increase your understanding of what makes an effective team and learn practical ways to improve shared leadership within a team. September 9 — Shift from Boss to Coach: Power of Inquiry Learn useful “drill down questions” and simple strategies to connect with staff, increase staff ownership and confidence in problem solving, tackling challenges and exploring opportunities. October 21 — Supervising Former Peers Explore the challenges of managing former peers and learn ways to successfully develop a new working relationship. November 18 — Delivering Developmental Feedback Learn and apply a 4- step process to giving feedback for performance, explore strategies to reduce your dread and ensure feedback conversations are successful. December 9 — Performance Evaluation to Performance Learning Learn about the shift away from annual performance evaluations to ongoing learning conversations.  Gain insight into approaches that increase employee performance.

Coaching Skills for Creating Purposeful Conversations

3-session series offered quarterly, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Register for: January 26, February 2 and 9

Register for: May 4, 11, 18

Register for: July 6, 13, 27

This is a three-part series. Please make sure you can attend all dates before registering. The sessions will not be recorded.

Why Coaching?

How we communicate in our teams and organizations is changing. The way we listen, exchange information and make decisions is now, more than ever before, occurring in a virtual setting. And how we communicate is impacted by the uncertainty and challenges of an ongoing pandemic, a heightened awareness of confronting systemic racism, and a growing commitment to racial justice and building inclusivity into our organizational cultures. Coaching is the ability to approach conversations with skills that engage others to be heard, to explore the reality and the possibilities. It is an interactive process and experience that builds trust and brings out the best in all of us. “Coaching helps put into practice the idea that the people closest to the problem have the solutions. When we coach each other, we center self-determination, create space for accountability, and unlock each other’s gifts.” (CompassPoint, Oakland, CA) The series is designed for anyone who works in a nonprofit, educational, or social justice focused organization. In this interactive, skills-practice workshop, you will learn strategies and practical tools for transforming your conversations at every level.

Throughout the three-part series, you will:

You will also learn how to:

Interested in a training for your organization?

Contact Debbie Okerlund to arrange a virtual training for your team or organization Office: 612.597.4459 Email: debbie@leadwithagility.com


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