In this training program, attendees learn how to navigate uncertain waters and successfully lead their team. We focus on:
- 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
- Balancing being empowering and being directive
Lara Hogan, founder of Wherewithall, has developed this course based on years of coaching managers at all levels, across all disciplines.
We lead attendees through group exercises to practice skills like coaching, giving feedback, and goal-setting. We will also provide plenty of resources for attendees to continue to grow and further develop these skills after the course.
We recommend including a cross-functional, multi-level audience (including executives). This will strengthen internal relationships, develop a shared language about leadership skills, and demonstrate that this is a valuable investment of attendees’ time.
This course can be scheduled as a one-day in-person workshop, or a series of remote workshops using Zoom.
Duration: The in-person workshop is one full day (7 hours with breaks). The remote course consists of a series of three 2-hour workshops.
Max Attendees: 40 in-person; 12 if remote
Example Workshop Takeaways
Improved Feedback Delivery Skills
Feedback is a critical part of our work in setting expectations, adjusting teammates' behaviors, and helping our teams get to the next level. But we rarely get feedback on our feedback-giving skills!
During the workshop, participants learn a framework for developing specific, actionable feedback that has a greater chance of being heard by the recipient. They'll receive coaching to hone a piece of real-life feedback, and will have an opportunity to practice delivering this feedback to help them more successfully deliver it after the workshop.
Balanced 1:1 Game Plan
In one-on-one meetings, managers and direct reports want to gain shared context, build trust, plan out and support career growth, and solve problems together. But lots of folks walk into these meetings with no game plan to achieve all four things.
In this workshop, we practice mentoring, coaching, and sponsoring as a manager. Participants will walk away with a tool to help them game plan their upcoming one-on-ones, balancing these three skills to achieve all of their one-on-one goals.
Many folks need a little inspiration to build out a stronger, broader network of support as they grow and develop their management skills. In this workshop, we introduce the idea of a "Manager Voltron"—a crew of people whom you can lean on to support you as one big, multifaceted manager. Attendees get homework to brainstorm people who could fill each box of a Manager Voltron bingo card, and avenues to start having those conversations.
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 was critical to my development as a leader. Lara challenged the group in an approachable way, leaving us with the tools and knowledge to transform into the managers we hope to be. This training was not only beneficial for my professional future, but also my personal growth as well.
Olivia Rogine, Community and Experiences Lead at Girls' Night In
Lara’s Demystifying Management workshop fundamentally changed how I manage and communicate. I put the skills I learned into practice immediately and have seen nothing but positive results.
Emily Freeman, Principal Cloud Advocate, Microsoft
Workshop Feedback Forms
“Lara's workshop was the highlight of my professional year.”
“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!”