Management and Team Health Training

As seasoned public speakers and trainers, the team at Wherewithall can level up your entire team (or just your line managers) with a prepared talk or hands-on workshop.

Talks & Presentations

Navigating Team Friction talk

Friction is a common, and necessary, part of team growth—but when left unchecked, team friction is unhealthy for you, your coworkers, your company, and ultimately your end users.

Lara Hogan draws on her experiences at organizations large and small to illuminate the sources of team tension, how you can better understand and manage unexpected teammate reactions, and the best ways to give actionable feedback without escalating drama. Your coworkers, your organization, your users, and you will reap the benefits.

Length: 1 hour (45 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Facilitating Awesome Meetings talk

From leading working groups to holding one-on-ones to organizing routine team meetings, learning how to _facilitate_ is a critical leadership skill that’s often overlooked. Excellent meeting facilitation means that the attendees know why they’re there, they get equal participation time, and your meeting’s goal or deliverable is achieved in a effective and fair way.

Lara Hogan will cover tactics to ensure your meetings are productive and inclusive, as well as tips for improvising facilitation once you get in the room.

Length: 1 hour (40 minute talk + time for Q&A)

Mentorship + Sponsorship talk

To grow our technical leadership skills, it’s critical to lean on one’s network of support. We often find mentors: people who can give us helpful advice. But what can be even more valuable is finding “sponsors”, who help us find new opportunities and improve the visibility of our work. As sponsorship is especially important for members of underrepresented groups in tech, Lara Hogan walks through tactics you can employ today to be a sponsor for those around you, too.

Length: 1 hour (40 minute talk + time for Q&A)

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Management Skill Training

Each workshop consists of a mix of prepared presentation, group exercises, and worksheets. Attendees will leave with a ton of resources and practice using their new skills. These workshops can be scheduled as standalone training sessions, or scheduled as a course for participants to complete in a series.

Mentoring, Coaching, and Sponsoring workshop

As a manager, it’s important to balance your style between advice-giving mode (mentorship), active listening and curiosity mode (coaching), and empowering mode (sponsorship). In this workshop, we will define and practice each of these skills, and talk about how to know when to employ one over the other - especially when you’re managing people who work really differently than you do.

Attendees will walk away with brand new game plans for their one-on-ones and tons more experience choosing and switching between the three modes. They’ll also learn about why sponsorship is so much more effective for marginalized people.

Length: 2 hours

Dealing with Surprising Human Emotions workshop

Your teammates are guaranteed to have surprising reactions to things that happen in your work environment. How do you navigate it, understand it, and best support your teammate?

In this workshop, attendees learn about humans’ six core needs in the workplace, what’s happening in our brains when we have surprising emotions, and how to recognize when your teammate is feeling some resistance or doubt. Attendees will walk away with new methods to unearth what might be behind those surprising emotions for themselves or their coworker, as well as tools (and practice) to help recover when they’ve triggered someone.

Length: 1.5 hours

Delivering Feedback workshop

There will absolutely be times when you need to give actionable, specific feedback to your teammates. And there will definitely be times that you need to hear some feedback, too. But humans are mostly bad at giving feedback, and we’re also really bad at preparing ourselves to receive it. This is true no matter the situation - hearing that we do something at home that drives our partner crazy, or our coworker, or our boss.

In this workshop, participants will work with real-world feedback and mold it into specific, actionable, and respectful communication. Attendees will even get to practice delivering it, to see how it feels and how to prepare for saying those words - they’ll leave this workshop ready to deliver specific, actionable, and easy-to-digest feedback.

Length: 2 hours

Setting Expectations with Your Team workshop

One simple way to create predictability and stability for your team is to be transparent about what you expect of your teammates, and what they can expect of you.

In this workshop, we’ll walk through creating living documentation about your teams' shared expectations around communication, feedback, and collaboration. We’ll also work on synthesizing your personal expectations into an easier-to-remember, unique-to-you leadership or management philosophy.

This workshop will also cover utilizing shareable team documentation around roles and responsibilities, meeting purposes and cadence, and other team-wide expectations to help you reduce any uncertainty or ambiguity that might currently exist.

Length: 2 hours

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Full-Day Training

Demystifying Management workshop

When you switch from an individual contributor role to a manager role, you might find yourself floating in a sea of uncertainty. What does success look like as a manager? How do you know if you’re doing a good job or not, with such a long feedback loop between your actions and their outcome? How do you set the right tone and expectations for your team?

In this workshop, we’ll talk tactics to best-support your team, articulate what you uniquely bring to your role as a manager, and practice a ton of leadership skills. Lara Hogan, founder of Wherewithall, has chosen these topics and developed this content based on years of coaching managers at all levels, across all disciplines. We’ll cover:

  • Coaching, mentoring and sponsoring, and when to use each as a manager
  • Navigating your team through uncertainty and surprising emotions
  • Growing your teammates through specific, actionable feedback
  • Honing and documenting your expectations of your team

This workshop can be scheduled as one full day including lunch, or two consecutive half-days.

During each stage of the workshop, a Wherewithall trainer leads the attendees through group exercises to practice skills like coaching, giving feedback, and goal-setting. We will also provide worksheets and plenty of resources for attendees to continue to grow and further develop these skills after the workshop.

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Testimonials

Wherewithall's approach to training is practical and engaging. Lara layered real life experience with simple frameworks, and they made it easy for the team to understand and immediately apply to their day-to-day. She understood my team’s unique needs and adjusted the workshop content to focus on those areas.

Dana Trader, VP, Employee Experience at Meetup

Taking Wherewithall's workshop gave me a foundation for how to think like a manager. They teach a great set of mental models and concepts that I now use daily. Concepts like sponsoring, setting expectations, or understanding a person's emotional state seems obvious, but as managers we rarely ever think about them. Lara's workshop did a great job of highlighting these aspects of people management, explaining their relevance, and giving me the tools to support and address them in my daily work to get the best out of reports.

Arjan Singh, Engineering Manager at Dollar Shave Club

This workshop goes far beyond educating managers on approach; they shift the way managers think about themselves, their work and about the impact they can have on their team. Bringing Wherewithall in is hands-down the best thing my company has ever done for my capabilities and career and, in turn, the best thing that could have happened for my reports.

Meg Adams, Engineering Manager at Condé Nast

Workshop Feedback Forms

“It is a people management essentials kit.”

“This was great & extremely helpful in making me a better manager.”

“Honestly, this workshop has been incredible. It shined a light on things that have felt intangible to me and gave me a great rubric to follow.”

“Every person I was grouped with took the exercises seriously, was vulnerable and open. It was really cool to see my coworkers in that way and is a testament to how great the workshop was.”

“I really enjoy the pace of the workshop as well as the breakout sessions. The concepts I learned are relatable to my job + can be used immediately!”

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