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Managing With Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2 (LB540)

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About the course

Can you be an effective manager while staying true to the values of the labor movement? Not only is it possible to manage staff without compromising on values, it is critical that managers at unions and social justice organizations get the training they need to become effective leaders and make the best use of limited resources. Through the Managing with Labor's Values - Part 1 (September 12-13) & Part 2 (October 10-11) workshops, participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed, keep staff accountable and respond appropriately to common staff management issues while honoring the values of the labor movement.

Key Topics & Outcomes

Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed

  • How managing in a union is unique
  • Get the best out of staff without being a “boss”
  • Assessing & adjusting management style to specific situations
  • Dealing with different behavioral styles
  • Giving effective feedback, coaching
  • Prerequisites for accountability

*Part 2: Building Accountability *

  • Understanding what makes accountability difficult
  • Preconditions for accountability
  • Tools for accountability
  • Reporting systems
  • Accountability meetings
  • Performance improvement plans
  • Maintaining accountability

Approach & Features

This two day workshop which is part of a series will include short presentations, case studies, small group work, group discussions and role play. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss real challenges they face with peers in the workshop. This workshop is open only to leaders and staff directors with significant supervisory/managerial responsibilities who are based at labor unions or social justice organizations.

Trust the experts

Kimberly Cook

Kim Cook is extension faculty for education and training at The Worker Institute. She has formerly served as president of SEIU Local 925, a local of 26,000 education and public sector workers in Washington State. In 2004, she went on to serve on the SEIU International Executive Board and as inter...


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