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Managing Up Doesn’t Have Be Scary

Posted by Courtney Cyron on Aug 1, 2023 2:48:00 PM

Telling your manager you need more resources or training can be awkward. You don’t want to undermine your working relationship or appear less than capable to do your job, but you know these tools will help support your success in your role. You know you need to speak with your manager about this, but how do you walk the fine line between confidently asking for support and appearing underprepared for the task at hand?

If this sounds like an awkward predicament that would make you a little nervous, Kim Meninger 2023-08-08 is here to help. The Summertime Management Skills Series continues with “Managing Up: Strategies to Confidently Ask for What You Need.” In this session, Kim will share strategies to help you approach your manager and ask for what you need without fears of rejected requests, undermining your working relationship, or being seen as less capable. 

Taking the step to advocate for yourself can start any time. Advocating for yourself can provide great professional benefits, such as ensuring that you and your team have the resources you need to succeed; however, advocating for yourself can be a crucial communication skill in your personal life as well. The confidence and ability to stand up and ask for what you need in all situations can remove obstacles, provide resources, and give you the space you need to accomplish all types of goals in your life. 

Communication skills are the cornerstone of good leadership and can make a huge difference in the success of a manager. Kim Meninger has been working in the leadership communication skills space for many years. Spurred by her own experiences on teams where she felt like the weak link, Kim has developed this session to help you find your voice and your confidence as a leader. 

Using the strategies you will learn in this session, you can confidently ask anyone for what you need while adding to your value as a leader in every aspect of your life. Join us on August 8th, 2023 at Agios Pharmaceuticals from 6:00 - 8:00 PM ET to add another priceless management skill to your toolbox!

Topics: Leadership, STEM, Career, Communication, Culture, Leader, Influence, Management, Lead, Developing Your Skills, Confidence, Strengths, Challenges, Career Development, Advice, STEM Leadership

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