The Good Start Series

Designed Specifically for:

  • New Executive Directors
  • New Supervisors

Roadmap for New Executive Directors 
You’ve earned the right to become an executive director, but that means all eyes are on you – the board, the staff, key stakeholders.   The early days of your tenure are a delicate balance of projecting confidence, while having so much to learn; of establishing relationships and developing insights; of needing to exercise control without alienating others.  It involves knowing what needs to be done to lead effectively and then actually seeing that it’s done.  Additional pressure comes from the expectation that you must be proficient in so many aspects of nonprofit management, including fundraising, human resources, finances and governance.  This class isn’t designed to teach you these skills, but rather to prepare you for what to expect and to present executive-level management practices that you must have in order to navigate the demands you are expected to meet.  Our three decades of nonprofit leadership development have shown us that executive directors thrive in an environment of peer support to counteract the sense of isolation and thus, we have designed this ½ day program to include a roundtable discussion among new executives who are facing many of the same scenarios and environmental conditions as you.  This mix of professional instruction and peer support will help pave your way to confident and informed leadership.
When:  11/8/17, 9 am to 3 pm
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Guide for First-Time Supervisors
People are usually promoted to supervisor because of their hard skills.  And suddenly you’ve gone from working with a group, to supervising others and ultimately being held accountable.  Without the appropriate preparation, stress, isolation, lack of confidence and other discomforts can be the result.  Learning to delegate, handle administrative duties, cope with personalities, and manage your time and your stresses all contribute to your ultimate success and satisfaction as a supervisor.  Techniques for dealing with potential minefields, such as supervising former colleagues and/or friends and giving negative feedback to them, will be prepare you to address these issues when they occur.  This three-hour class will help you outfit your toolkit of supervisory techniques you can use to plan, organize, communicate and provide feedback so you will feel confident in handling everyday interactions with your supervisees.  Class interaction with people in similar situations will also leave you better prepared for the challenges of your new role.
When:  12/6/17, 9 am to noon
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