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Managing with Labor's Values - Parts 1 & 2

Course Number
LB540

It is critical that managers at unions and social justice organizations receive training to become effective leaders and make the best use of limited resources. Participants learn techniques for helping their staff succeed and respond appropriately to common issues while honoring the values of the labor movement.

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Effective March 16, 2020, the educational programs scheduled to be delivered at our New York City facility will be moved to virtual delivery, where possible, or rescheduled. For those programs that do not lend themselves to a distance-education format, we will postpone them until we receive guidance from the University and public health officials that it is safe to hold those programs in-person. Please contact ilrcustomerservice@cornell.edu with any questions. We will provide updates as they become available from the University.

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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 (September 12-13)

  • 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 (October 10-11)

  • 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.

Although it is possible to register for Part 1: Helping Your Staff to Succeed (September 12-13) and Part 2: Building Accountability (October 10-11) individually it is highly recommended that participants register for both workshops using this page at a discounted rate of $1700 (a $1900 value). For more information about this workshop please contact Kim Cook at 212.340.2824 or kc948@cornell.edu.

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