Behind Closed Doors: Managing One-on-One Workshop

A Refreshing Learning Experience for Software Managers

A management workshop developed and led by Johanna Rothman and Esther Derby based on their popular and pragmatic book, Behind Closed Doors: Secrets of Great Management.

More than salary, perks, or a spacious cubicle, an employee’s relationship with his or her direct supervisor determines work satisfaction and productivity. A manager’s ability to focus and leverage work affects everyone’s productivity. In this workshop, we’ll explore how to build strong and productive working relationships, one interaction at a time.

In our three days together, we’ll explore and practice:

  1. How people really take in information and where things can go wrong, how to recognize when an interaction is off track, and what to do about it.
  2. How to actively listen to what someone else is saying.
  3. How to give—and receive—effective feedback.
  4. How and when to coach and mentor.
  5. What issues to address in career development and how to address them.
  6. How to build trust with each person in your group.
  7. How to have effective one-on-one meetings.

Audience:  Managers and technical leaders who wish to hone their communication, feedback, and coaching skills to develop strong working relationships.

Logistics:  Minneapolis, Minnesota, April 23-25, 2007.  The workshop runs from 9am-5pm each day. We’ll also have informal sessions Monday and Tuesday evening.

We will have a maximum of 20 participants to ensure your specific questions and needs are addressed and answered.

Fees: Tuition for the workshop is $1600 per person. A deposit of $500 will reserve your place; the full fee is payable by April 6, 2007.

We offer a group discount when four people from the same company register at the same time: $1520 per person.

Tuition after April 7, 2006 is $1,700 (if space is still available).

This is the first of a series of workshops. Look for Managing the Project Portfolio (2 days), Facilitation Essentials for Managers (2 days), and Self-Awareness for Managers (3 days) in the future.

Here's the flyer with the registration page. Questions? Contact us:,

Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: