Managing Up 

How can you effectively negotiate the relationship that has the most impact on your career, and still be yourself? How can you have power with your manager, being cooperative and expressive?

Managing up is not about manipulation or capitulation. Rather it’s learning to influence with respect, and broaden your horizons to speculate about the pressures and demands which may be outside of your view. It’s about influencing diplomatically yet authentically. Being intentional about challenging a plan. How can you get what you need at the same time you’re focusing on what your manager needs?

Scenarios such as these may sound familiar:

  • Your new manager was your peer yesterday. She would not have been your first choice. How do you accept the change to work effectively?
  • Your manager has picked someone else to work on an attractive project, when you think you have more appropriate skills. How do you respond?
  • Your manager has just given you a project list a mile long – which is different from the list last week. Since you don’t plan to work 100 hours a week, how can you be accommodating yet questioning?
  • It seems you are in the dark about the overall direction of the company, despite press releases and town hall style meetings. That understanding would be motivating for you. How do you seek more information?

Through experiential activities you will develop skills to address these dilemmas.

This workshop will be led by Janet Britcher and Michele Barnett Berg.

Janet Britcher, president of Transformation Management LLC, offers executive coaching and leadership development workshops, as well as board facilitation. Janet brings 20 years of corporate leadership roles in Management, Human Resources, and Organization Development to her leadership development work, and she has personally managed groups of 60 employees. Her leadership development coaching focuses on strengths, and then builds on leader’s awareness in support of their goals. Her particular sweet spot is leaders being promoted. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Organization Development from Boston College. Additional studies include Gestalt Group Dynamics, Myers-Briggs, Jungian psychology, Neurolinguistic Programming and Immunity to Change. Her business Transformation Management LLC is celebrating its 16th year.  Full Bio

Michèle is the Managing Director of Envisage Consulting. She has more than two decades of international human capital consulting experience including executive coaching, leadership development, team building facilitation, change management, onboarding, organizational design, executive search, and talent assessment. She has worked with a wide range of organizations in size and industry, startups to Fortune 50, both in the private and public sector as well as with academic and executive education institutions. She is a dynamic and engaged facilitator that enjoys working closely with clients to define strategies, create goals and increase engagement and reach results. Michèle is committed to help clients reach a positive outcome through a pragmatic and structured approach that drives insights and supports them to make changes, take action and create lasting impact. Michèle has lived in 4 countries and coached clients from 80+ nationalities. She uses a portfolio of behavioral assessments that include MBTI®, Predictive Index® (PI®), Strengths Finder, Career Leader and TKI to help individuals and teams increase their self-awareness, improve communication, collaboration and productivity. Full Bio


Date and Time:  
April 10, 2019
6:00 - 8:30 PM

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

bluebird bio, 60 Binney Street, 10th Floor, Aviary Room, Cambridge, MA 02142

Members: $15; Non-Members: $40