Power in the Middle: How to Make the Most of being a Middle Manager


Life in the middle isn't easy. It's pressure from above and stress from below. It's doing the job while also making sure other people do the job. It's managing without management training, leading without executive coaching, and successfully implementing strategy without enough information about the bigger picture.

Yet more than anyone else, the middle manager is responsible for getting the organization's day-to-day work done.

In American organizations, middle managers directly supervise nearly 80% of the workforce. They are the ones who engage, motivate, and direct all the programmers, engineers, bench scientists, customer service reps, equipment operators, administrative staff, paralegals, clerks, designers, tech support people, analysts, line workers, line supervisors--everyone who is responsible for carrying out strategy on the ground. If all these people are going to be consistently high performers, their managers have to know how to help them get there.

In this interactive workshop, we’ll explore how to lead from the middle: communication skills, relationship building strategies, and behaviors that help you have influence. You’ll come away with specific tools you can put to use right away to be more effective and impactful at work. 

With nearly 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 every day, today's middle managers are tomorrow's senior leaders. If you are planning to hit that ground running, you can start preparing right now.



Beth Shapiro: Beth specializes in creating sustainable change for leaders, teams, and organizations. Her work focuses on building the capacity to create and maintain strong, strategic, and effective relationships. Beth holds and Master in Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School, and is a certified professional and relationship systems coach (PCC, ORSCC). Her background includes 20+ years of management and leadership in the public, private, and non-profit sectors.

Etta Jacobs: Etta’s focus is on helping her clients capitalize on their strengths, build their resilience, and reframe stressful events to find creative solutions to their career and professional challenges. She holds a Master in Organizational Psychology and a Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from William James College. Etta draws on 20+ years of corporate experience as a design industry executive, leading teams through continuous technological and organizational change.


Date and Time:  
October 13, 2016
6:00 - 8:30 PM


5:50-6:10pm: Registration, mingling, and light dinner
6:10-6:30pm: Facilitated networking
6:30-8:00pm: Workshop
8:00-8:30pm: Optional networking



Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, 415 Main Street, Monadnock Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Map and Parking Info

We appreciate The Broad Institute donating the use of their event space.  




WEST Members & Broad Employees: $35; Non-Members: $55, Registration for Fall Workshop Series (9/7, 10/13, 11/10) for members: $90

9/7: Leadership Strategies to Advance Your Career

11/10: Team Leadership - Developing, Mentoring and Coaching Your Team

A light dinner will be served. 





If you are a student looking for financial assistance to attend this event, please visit www.stayinma.com.