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Supervisor Coaching Labs: Sharpen Your Supervision

July 11 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Six-part Virtual Coaching Labs – Live/Online

Fee: $135 for MCN members / $175 for nonmembers

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Sharpening your supervision helps create strong employee engagement, high staff morale, and great functioning teams. Lisa Negstad and Debbie Okerlund are teaming up with MCN to offer monthly one-hour virtual supervisor coaching lab sessions to help you amplify your supervisor skills. Each session is from 2 – 3 p.m. central.

This offering is a series of six sessions and is not available as individual sessions. Each session will center on a specific supervision topic and will include a mix of teaching and interaction. These labs will allow you to immediately apply skills or techniques to your work situation. They are geared towards people who are new to supervision as well as those who want ongoing content to renew their supervision practices. The labs are also relevant for those who supervise volunteers.

The topics for this series are:

July 11: Onboarding New Employees
Examine the process of bringing new staff into your organization, explore why it is important and identify essentials for retention and success.

August 8: Creating High Functioning Teams
Increase your understanding of what makes an effective team and learn practical ways to improve shared leadership within a team.

September 26: Shift from Boss to Coach: The Practice of Inquiry
Learn the supervisory practice of inquiry to foster staff ownership and confidence in problem solving, tackling challenges and exploring opportunities.

October 24: Supervising Former Peers
Explore the challenges of managing former peers and learn ways to successfully develop a new working relationship.

November 21: Employee Wellbeing and Self-Care
Learn how to foster an organizational culture that prioritizes wellbeing of all employees, including supervisors; explore strategies to reduce stress and prevent burnout.

December 12: Performance Evaluation to Performance Learning
Learn about the shift away from annual performance evaluations to ongoing learning conversations.  Gain insight into approaches that increase employee performance.


Event Details

These sessions will not be recorded.

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Speaker Information

Lisa Negstad headshot photoLisa Negstad consults with a diverse clientele of nonprofits, philanthropies, and government in leadership and organizational development. Believing anyone can be a leader, Lisa lives in two worlds: traditional hierarchies, where she helps managers excel in their role, and collective teams, where she helps groups think systemically and improve their shared leadership skills. Before starting her own consulting firm, Lisa held senior leadership and management position in several international and US-based nonprofit organizations. Lisa has an M.B.A. from Yale and a B.A. in psychology from Luther College and is certified as a Human Systems Dynamics professional. Lisa, an ongoing learner of cultural agility, brings a strong value of inclusion and participatory processes to her training.

Debbie Okerlund headshotDebbie Okerlund is executive coach, trainer, and principal of Lead With Agility LLC. She values connection and warmth in partnering with managers, supervisors, educators, and nonprofit executives whose aspirations are to develop resilience and agility as leaders. Debbie provides compelling, practical tools that inspire self-awareness, build trust in your communication practices, and create a truly inclusive organizational culture. She trains and facilitates peer-coaching groups with a focus on coaching skills, transformational communication, and conversational intelligence. Debbie has 25-years’ experience as a leader and facilitator including 14 years as an executive director in a nonprofit organization. She is certified in Conversational Intelligence, Peer-Coaching Group Facilitation, and the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.


Virtual – Live/Online