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Sharpening your supervision helps create strong employee engagement, high staff morale, and great functioning teams. Lisa Negstad and Debbie Okerlund are teaming up with MCN to offer monthly one-hour virtual supervisor coaching lab sessions to help you amplify your supervisor skills. Each session is on the second Thursday of the month from 2 - 3 p.m. central (with the exception of October and November which are on the third Thursday).
Each session will center on a specific supervision topic and will include a mix of teaching and interaction. These labs will allow you to immediately apply skills or techniques to your work situation. They are geared towards people who are new to supervision as well as those who want ongoing content to renew their supervision practices. The labs are also relevant for those who supervise volunteers.
The topics for this series are:
July 15 — Shift from Boss to Coach: Listening
Develop awareness of the different listening modes; learn engaged listening skills to increase trust and improve your conversations with staff.
August 12 — Creating High Functioning Teams
Increase your understanding of what makes an effective team and learn practical ways to improve shared leadership within a team.
September 9 — Shift from Boss to Coach: Power of Inquiry
Learn useful “drill down questions” and simple strategies to connect with staff, increase staff ownership and confidence in problem solving, tackling challenges and exploring opportunities.
October 21 — Supervising Former Peers
Explore the challenges of managing former peers and learn ways to successfully develop a new working relationship.
November 18 — Performance Evaluation to Performance Learning
Learn about the shift away from annual performance evaluations to ongoing learning conversations. Gain insight into approaches that increase employee performance.
December 9 — Delivering Developmental Feedback
Learn and apply a 4- step process to giving feedback for performance, explore strategies to reduce your dread and ensure feedback conversations are successful.
This event is done in partnership with the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits, Common Good Vermont, the Kansas Nonprofit Centre, the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, the Maine Association of Nonprofits (MANP), North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO), and the West Virginia Nonprofit Association (WVNP). Members of these state associations can register at the MCN member rate with instructions provided by their respective state association. Visit the Events and Registration FAQ page
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consults with a diverse clientele of nonprofits, philanthropies, and government in leadership and organizational development. Believing anyone can be a leader, Lisa lives in two worlds: traditional hierarchies, where she helps managers excel in their role, and collective teams, where she helps groups think systemically and improve their shared leadership skills. Before starting her own consulting firm, Lisa held senior leadership and management position in several international and US-based nonprofit organizations. Lisa has an M.B.A. from Yale and a B.A. in psychology from Luther College and is certified as a Human Systems Dynamics professional. Lisa, an ongoing learner of cultural agility, brings a strong value of inclusion and participatory processes to her training.
is executive coach, trainer, and principal of Lead With Agility LLC. She values connection and warmth in partnering with managers, supervisors, educators, and nonprofit executives whose aspirations are to develop resilience and agility as leaders. Debbie provides compelling, practical tools that inspire self-awareness, build trust in your communication practices, and create a truly inclusive organizational culture. She trains and facilitates peer-coaching groups with a focus on coaching skills, transformational communication, and conversational intelligence.
Debbie has 25-years’ experience as a leader and facilitator including 14 years as an executive director in a nonprofit organization. She is certified in Conversational Intelligence, Peer-Coaching Group Facilitation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.