Essentials for New Managers Lab

Lab Outline

Essentials for New Managers is a 3-day lab for new and aspiring non-profit managers to strengthen their management skills. Over three sessions, program participants gain tools and approaches to achieve success in their new management role.​

Suggested participants:

You are an ideal candidate if you:​

  • are new to a non-profit management role or are looking to be promoted in the next 6-12 months​.
  • provide leadership or supervision in your current role​.
  • have a vision to take on further management responsibilities in your career​.

Important note! If you are the sole employee in your organization (e.g. the executive director), this may NOT be the best program for you. We encourage you to also consider our other programs including: Leadership Principles Lab, Executive Director 101 Lab, and our many workshops.

Lab Outcomes

By the end of this lab, you will be able to:

  • Develop self-awareness and learn to empower yourself and others with a strengths-based leadership approach.
  • Walk away with tangible tools and frameworks that can be applied when managing others.
  • Learn about the ways conflict can show up and how to work through it in a healthy way.
  • Think critically about what kind of culture you want to nurture for your team and organization.

Registration Details

Application Deadline: 2 weeks before the start date​

Bursary Application Deadline: 1 month before the start date​

Location: Online/Virtual​

Cost: $599 Non-member | $539 Member​

Required Course Material: Top 5 CliftonStrengths (Not included in course fee. To be completed independently online before the start of the course).

Lab Schedule

Choose between our spring or fall cohort.

2024 Spring Program Schedule

February 1, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

February 8, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

February 15, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

2024 Fall Program Schedule

October 3, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

October 10, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

October 17, 2024

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

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Lab Benefits

  • Learn in a safe and welcoming environment with other new non-profit managers
  • Walk away with tools and templates that you can use in the role
  • Increase your confidence and self-awareness as a leader

Lab Topics

Topics of each of the 3 half-day learning session.

Day 1 – Understanding Yourself and Your Role as a Manager

  • Personal leadership strengths
  • Leadership vision
  • Setting priorities and objectives
  • Work plans to achieve your priorities and objectives

Day 2 – Delegation and Performance Support

  • Aligning strengths to achieve organizational goals
  • The principles of effective delegation
  • The performance management cycle

Day 3 – Supporting Your Team’s Performance

  • Addressing challenging situations
  • Staff/volunteer engagement inclusion

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