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Management Matters

A comprehensive, three-session workshop focuses on simple principles and guidelines that, once learned, can make the process of managing others enjoyable and effective, and help you succeed in whatever career path you choose.

Managing people can be the most stressful part of any job – but, if done well, can also be one of the most rewarding. Whether you’re managing “up” (working effectively with your faculty advisor or future boss), “across” (collaborating with current and future coworkers or teams) or “down” (supervising staff or junior colleagues directly), the challenges can be enormous.

Each session will focus on one aspect of people management:

Working with Different Styles: We’re all different, and understanding these differences helps us successfully manage others. In the first session, we use an assessment tool to help you identify your primary behavioral style and then expand your repertoire of interacting modes so you can deal with other styles effectively.

Making Expectations Clear: Clear expectations are the basis for all effective management and, remarkably, are as crucial to managing “up” as to “down.” We will build on the first session to determine how to establish clear expectations with people of different styles and in different roles.

Giving and Getting Feedback: The art of providing and soliciting effective feedback is also crucial to all work relationships. This is as much true of “feedback for continuation” (when the behavior is one you want to encourage) as it is of “feedback for change.” The sequence concludes with strategies for effectively dealing with management conversations that may be particularly challenging.

This series complements two related offerings: Negotiation Matters and Communication Matters.

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Registration Process

Three Tuesdays: Jan. 26 and Feb. 9 and 23; 4:30-7:00 PM

Participation in all three sessions is required. The workshop is highly interactive and experiential and participants are expected to be on time and prepared for each session.

If selected, participants will be required to submit a $50 deposit check made out to Stanford University.  Participants' checks will be returned upon successful completion of all sessions. Instructions for submitting the deposit will be included with the notification information.

Open to all current Stanford graduate students; space is limited. Application deadline: Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016

Application is closed.


Head shot of Helen Doyle
Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education
Assistant Director of Educational Programs and Finance

Past Events in this Program

February 23, 2016 - 4:30pm
February 9, 2016 - 4:30pm
January 26, 2016 - 4:30pm
January 10, 2016 (All day)