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Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager

November 1

SEMI Global Headquarters
673 S. Milpitas Blvd.
Milpitas, CA United States

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Course Length: 1 day


The transition from individual contributor to manager can be the most challenging shift of a career. Managing people demands a deep appreciation of different individual working styles and the flexibility to deal with those differences. The goal of this program is to support you in successfully making that shift and be a great manager.


Learning Objectives:

  • Identify the main challenges in moving from contributor to manager
  • Learn to let go of technical issues and focus on management activities
  • Formulate your leadership values
  • Communicate effectively
  • Master delegation


Key Topics

Make the Transition

  • Movin’ on Up!
  • The Shift from Peer to Boss
  • The Balancing Act: Technical versus Management Activities
  • Reflect on Individual Contributor and Manager Payoffs
  • Dos and Don’ts in Making a Successful Transition
  • Shift Your Perspective
  • Differences between Manager and Leader

Lead through Values

  • Manage and Lead through Value Stands
  • Your Personal Leadership Values

Know Your Working Style

  • Determine your Working Style
  • Maximize your Natural Strengths
  • Minimize your Weaknesses
  • Recognize the Working Styles of Others
  • Be Flexible to Best Work with Other Styles

Communicate Effectively

  • Balance Between Inquiry and Advocacy
  • Inquiry: Effective Open-Ended Questions
  • Understand the Other Person’s Viewpoint
  • Idenfity Four Types of Listening
  • Self-Assessment: How Well Do You Listen
  • Advocacy: Articulate Your Ideas and Viewpoint

Delegate for Results

  • Why Delegation is Challenging
  • Five-Step Delegation Process
  • Determine Ability versus Willingness to do the job
  • The Freedom to Act: Five Levels
  • Delegation: Dos and Don’ts



…walked away with some practical tips even after years of management experience. New and old managers would definitely benefit from this class.– Synaptics Inc., Instructional Designer

Would absolutely recommend, exceeded my expectations.– Austin Regional Clinic, Lab Supervisor

The working styles helped me identify my strengths & weaknesses, as well as possible areas of challenge for me, my employees, and with my manager. I loved the frequent interaction, mixing and remixing of groups for a high level of participation.– TIBCO Software, Director Shareholder Services