‘I want you to tell me when I am wrong even if it costs you your job'
The above quote from Samuel Goldwyn (of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer fame) to a direct report, sums up the dilemma faced by many senior managers, who find themselves reporting to strong, charismatic leaders, many of whom are often the founders of their companies. This ‘damned if I do damned if I don’t’ dilemma is a perennial one and adversely affects the performance of those managers who find themselves in this position. They find themselves asking is the question, ‘is there a way to negotiate this dilemma, can you lead when you are a follower, and if so how?’.
In Managing Up!, we take the stance that not only is it possible, but it is necessary, to develop the skillset to effectively ‘manage’ your manager and to learn how to, as one author puts it, ‘lead without authority’. In Managing Up!, we will not be attempting to be clones of Machiavelli, but we will be learning fundamental strategies and acquiring the mindset required to create a work relationship based on partnership:
This session is designed for people who are interested in creating successful, high trust relationships with their manager. understanding your part of the joint success will make both of you more successful.
To facilitate this, the session will introduce and explore concepts and tools such as:
The session will be fun and interactive, featuring plenty of exercises with the focus on building confidence to use the tools back in the workplace to get immediate results.
Glen began his career in financial services and has had extensive experience in both sales and managerial roles at a senior level. During his thirty years in business, he has also been a project manager, led organisational restructures, and been engaged as an internal consultant
Glen’s mission is to help businesses and individuals to achieve their full potential. He focuses on leadership, and facilitating organisations around strategy formulation, strategy execution, and the requisite enabling processes such as team-working and decision-making. He is also valued for his ability to help organisations understand, implement and use the Balanced Scorecard to track and support their strategy execution efforts.
Glen has been able to assist a wide variety of businesses from retail to banking, construction to insurance, and healthcare to local government. As well as being an NLP Master Practitioner, facilitating top teams, delivering turnkey training and developing senior managers, he is also an entertaining and popular speaker.Glen is approved by and speaks regularly for Vistage International – the world’s leading Chief Executive Organisation – who have recognised him with awards such as ‘Outperformer’ and ‘Star Speaker’.