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Transitioning from Individual Contributor to Manager

4-hour webinar

Module 1: Transitioning to Manager
Length: 2-hours


The transition from individual contributor to manager can be the most challenging shift of a career. Whether you’ve made this transition recently or have been a manager for a while, the role of manager requires an understanding of the role and challenges of a being a working manager including knowing how to lead by your values and align remote teams.

Four Key Topics

1. Roll of a Manager

  • The challenges of being promoted to a people manager
  • The shift in mindset transitioning from individual contributor to manager
  • Traits of a great manager

2. The Balancing Act

  • Challenges in being a working manager
  • Balancing manager and individual contributor responsibilities
  • Analyzing your use of time to reach a balance
  • The dos and don’ts of effective transition

3. Managing Through Values

  • Why values are important as a manager
  • Defining your personal leadership values
  • Demonstrating your values through observable behavior

4. Managing Virtual Teams: Working Together Apart

  • Identifying the biggest challenges aligning virtual teams
  • Applying best practices for leading a productive virtual team


Module 2: Communicating as a Manager

Length: 2-hours


Managing people demands a deep appreciation of different individual working styles and having the flexibility to deal with those differences effectively. Listening non-judgmentally and communicating transparently are keys to be a successful manager.

Two Key Topics

1. Knowing Your Working Style

  • Understanding why individual working styles are important to teams
  • Defining what a working style is and what it is not
  • Identifying the working style that best describes you
  • Recognizing all four working styles’ strengths and blind spots
  • Demonstrating flexibility to get the best results

2. Communicating Effectively 

  • Recognizing communication stoppers
  • Communicating starts with listening non-judgmentally
  • Balancing inquiry and advocacy
  • Seeking to understand others’ perspective and rationale
  • Asking open and close-ended questions
  • Articulating your viewpoint and rationale