Managing With Labor's Values - Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed (LB550)

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 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.  In this workshop, participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed, keep staff motivated and accountable and respond appropriately to common staff management issues. Participants develop an understanding of different behavioral styles and how to adapt when conflicting styles impede progress on reaching goals.

Key Topics & Outcomes

  • How managing in a union is unique
  • Assessing & adjusting management style to specific situations
  • Dealing with different behavioral styles
  • Giving effective feedback, coaching
  • Prerequisites for 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.

A discounted rate of $1600 (an $1800 value) is available if you register for both Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed and Part 2: Building Accountability. Click here to sign up for both courses at the discounted rate.

For more information about this workshop please contact Kim Cook at 212.340.2824 or


Rodney Brown

Rodney L. Brown is Labor Management Consultant at 1199SEIU UHE, Labor Management Project in New York City.  He has taught Managing with Labor’s Values for Cornell for more than 7 years and he is certified to administer and interpret the DiSC behavioral assessment.    He has designed and implemented training programs for unions and other organizations in the areas of Diversity, Communication, Conflict Resolution and Team Building.

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 international vice-president at SEIU. In 2010, Cook established a new member engagement department at SEIU, working with locals throughout the country on leadership and organizational development. She has also worked for OPEIU, AAUP and Working America.


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