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Can You Manage?
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Val Carter learned the hard way about to manage. In her dynamite keynote address or her dynamic workshop, Can You Manage?, Val will insert tons of self-deprecating and relevant humour on the subject.

There's a lot of talk about Leadership these days. Not enough about Management. What's the difference? "Leadership is doing the right things while management is doing things right!" Effective managers not only do things right; they're good at getting things done.

Val's presentation is meant for Middle Managers and Supervisors. No two people are alike. Some of your employees may be highly skilled, but not motivated. Others may be highly motivated but they lack the experience and know-how. Yet you need to get things accomplished!

Do you want to improve your management skills and abilities? Do you want to ensure things get done? How do you deal with day-to-day problems in the routine of the workplace? How do you hold people accountable? How do you implement all those change initiatives? Engender teamwork?

As an expert manager, you supply the power to your organization. You make things happen. Skilful managers have a finger on the pulse of their team. You work with employees to make sure that people are doing the right things, in the right way, to get the right results within budget and on time.

"I don't want to be micro-managed!"

Ask an interview candidate how they like to be managed, and you'll usually hear, "I don't want to be micro-managed!" The best managers know how to get the ball rolling by ensuring that each employee is empowered with the knowledge, skills, abilities, time and tools to get the work done.

What will we explore together in Can You Manage?

This practical session examines what managing is, and how to manage successfully:

  • What's the difference between managing and leading?
  • What does a manager actually do?
  • Which skills are the first I need to master, and which can wait awhile?
  • "I don't want to micro-manage" – how do I avoid it?
  • How does my communication style impact my effectiveness as a manager?
  • When is criticism constructive rather than destructive?
  • How do I avoid the delegation-dodging syndrome: "It's quicker to do it myself."
  • How do I keep my star performers happy?
  • How do I handle change, conflict, low morale and crankiness in my team?
  • How can I manage without becoming mean?
  • How do I hold an under-performer's feet to the fire?
  • Help! When do I do my own work?

What will be your Learning Outcomes

Val's presentations provide you with clear 'next steps'. They equip you with the skills and confidence to implement the knowledge you've gained.

  1. Learn the most effective way to manage your team. You will learn how to treat each employee as an individual. When it's best to delegate; when it is most effective to mentor or coach, when to supervise closely, and when it's most effective to just check in once in awhile
  2. Learn that built-in accountability is not only fair, but essential
  3. Learn when it's time to fire an under-performing employee
  4. Learn that you're not in a popularity contest; however, successful managers earn everyone's respect
  5. Learn practical, easy-to-implement tips, techniques and strategies for managing that you can use right away
  6. Renew your energy and focus
  7. Create your own personal plan of action.

How do I make the most of the session?

You may wish to consider a great keynote, followed by a companion workshop on one of the critical skills for managers/supervisors. This combination provides the extra catalyst to keep the momentum rolling for your audience members long after your event.

More Information: 1.866.420.3338 (toll-free in Canada) email: info@speakersalberta.com

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