Do you remember your first management job? I do, but for all the wrong reasons! When I was 18, I was put in charge of a summer recreational sailing program. It sounds like a dream job, right? It was a nightmare. My friends who had so recently been my peers were more interested in socializing than working and didn’t appreciate my attempts to corral them. They were dismissive and disengaged. I transformed into an overbearing micromanager. We couldn’t wait for the summer to be over, and I swore I would never take on another management role again.
After two decades in the workforce, observing managers, studying leadership theory, and practising the craft of leading teams and organizations, I learned a few things. These days I work with individuals and organizations to make the transition to management a smoother, easier process.
In 2017, ATD conducted a survey to understand what managers need to know and do to be successful. They found five key skill areas that are essential elements of management:
- Listening and Assessing
At the ATD South Central Chapters Conference, I’ll be facilitating an immersive, interactive session to explore how these five skills come together to create a high-performing environment. We’ll dig into the results of the survey, and talk about practical strategies for working with managers to develop these skills.
I hope you’ll join me in the session, so we can learn together, and make sure every new manager has the support they need to succeed!
Over her 20 year career in IT and operations consulting, Katy has advised hundreds of organizations on how to find innovative solutions leveraging technology and human capital for competitive advantage. Katy has been part of multiple successful startup exits including Winphoria Networks (acquired by Motorola in 2003) and Thrive Networks (acquired by Staples in 2007).Katy is currently Managing Director of CoreAxis Consulting, a leading talent strategy and elearning and training firm based in Boston, Massachusetts. Katy is the author of Survive Your Promotion! The 90 Day Success Plan for New Managers, and her most recent book Free Agent: The Independent Professional’s Roadmap to Self-Employment Success.