Modern Management Made Easy: Three Workshops to Support Your Management Practice & Business Agility

Too often, managers support training for everyone except themselves. However, since managers create and refine the culture, management training has an exceptional return for the time you invest. These three workshops, based on my Modern Management Made Easy books, will support your practice of management.

I recommend you—and your management cohort—enroll in these workshops in this order. However, if you are already a manager and have not had training in the topics in Lead and Serve Others, we can run that workshop before Manage Yourself. However, those two are prerequisites for Lead an Innovative Organization.

All three of these workshops will help you see options for your management. In addition, these will support you in how you create a culture of business agility in your organization.

Workshop 1: Manage Yourself

Manage Yourself: From Your Expertise to Facilitating a Team

Workshop Objective: Learn to explicitly manage yourself, so the teams you lead and serve can thrive.

Workshop Overview: You will learn how to move from your previous responsibilities to facilitating a team of people—who often encompass your previous responsibilities. (For technical leads to managers, managers to directors, directors to senior leaders.)

  • The seven principles and how they offer you options for your management practices.
  • How your decision time changes everyone else’s deliverables.
  • Visualize your system with an organizational map.
  • How to lead teams of people and cope with your loss of expertise—and how to transform that loss to new expertise.

I’ve used the word “team,” but this applies to workgroups, too.

Each participant will receive an electronic copy of all three of the Modern Management Made Easy books.

Target Audience: Managers at all levels, anyone who facilitates a team. Anyone in a servant leadership position.

Prerequisites: I will ask you to do some pre-work.

Workshop Duration: One “month”: 5 weeks of learning with pre-reading and preparation.

Manage Yourself Workshop Outline:

  • Session 1: Visualize your system of work with an organizational map. How to see your culture with that map and how that map intersects the principles of modern management. Congruence and how it can guide your behaviors.
  • Session 2: How to visualize all your work and your cycle time. Your cycle time and what to do about it. What delegation really means. Soft ways to start with delegation. How to avoid the Peter Principle.
  • Session 3: How you feel about mistakes and not knowing. How your feelings and self-esteem affect how you treat other people. How integrity plays into how you treat other people.
  • Session 4: Servant leadership and what that looks like as you practice your leadership. If we have not yet addressed what your organization rewards, we will discuss that here.
  • Session 5: Final Q&A and final debrief

In preparation for each week, you will spend up to an hour reading and watching videos. We will then discuss the relevant ideas in our real-time session. During the following week, you will purposefully practice the specific ideas in the previous session.


Workshop 2: Lead and Serve Others

Lead and Serve Others: Focus on a Team’s Throughput

Workshop Objective: Learn to focus on the throughput of teams or workgroups to optimize for organizational and business results, not an individual’s output.

Workshop Overview: Learn how to create a culture with fewer bottlenecks, fewer meetings, and that enhances business agility. You will learn:

  • Why throughput is more valuable than utilization.
  • How to move to Theory Y management practices.
  • How to offer feedback and coaching and create a feedback and coaching labs so the people you lead can offer each other feedback and coaching.
  • How to focus on outcomes instead of outputs.
  • How to use the three common “tools” of management: feedback, coaching, one-on-ones.

I’ve used the word “team,” but this applies to workgroups, too.

Each participant will receive an electronic copy of all three of the Modern Management Made Easy books.

Target Audience: Managers at all levels, anyone who facilitates a team. Anyone in a servant leadership position.

Prerequisites: I will ask you to do some pre-work.

Workshop Duration: One “month”: 5 weeks of learning with pre-reading and preparation.

Lead and Serve Others Outline

  • Session 1: Feedback: how to offer it, receive it, and teach it. Why reinforcing feedback is more useful than change-focused feedback. Avoid the feedback sandwich.
  • Session 2: Coaching: how to offer it, receive it, and teach it. How to avoid inflicting help and other coaching traps.
  • Session 3: How to start with one-on-ones and evolve them. How to make the one-on-ones work for you and the other person. Peer one-on-ones.
  • Session 4: How to create self-organizing teams and what you do now that you’re not a hands-on tactical manager. Signals and problems to look for.
  • Session 5: Psychological safety and creating harmonic teams. Final Q&A and final debrief

In preparation for each week, you will spend up to an hour reading and watching videos. We will then discuss the relevant ideas in our real-time session. During the following week, you will purposefully practice the specific ideas in the previous session.


Workshop 3: Lead an Innovative Organization

Lead an Innovative Organization: From Change Management to a Culture of Learning and Experimentation

Workshop Objective: Learn to optimize the organization’s learning, with an emphasis on creating business value to serve the employees, customers, and stakeholders.

Workshop Overview: Learn how to create a learning culture that allows for innovation and business agility. You will learn:

  • What servant leadership really means
  • Why working across the organization as managers is even more useful than collaborative product teams.
  • How to see, measure, and reduce organizational WIP (Work in Progress)
  • Create alternative career ladders and compensation bands.
  • Reduce or limit policies, procedures, and standards.
  • How to encourage outcomes and avoid output-thinking.
  • How to manage with lean measures even if you must use cost accounting to report your data.

Each participant will receive an electronic copy of all three of the Modern Management Made Easy books.

Target Audience: Managers at all levels, anyone who facilitates a team, especially a team of managers.

Prerequisites: Aside from pre-work, you must take Manage Yourself and Lead and Serve Others before this one.

Workshop Duration: One “month”: 5 weeks of learning with pre-reading and preparation.

Lead an Innovative Organization Outline

  • Session 1: How to think about change, servant leadership, and your measures as you work though this module. Seven ideas to reinforce a culture of learning and experimentation. Includes moving away from many policies and procedures to guidelines and constraints. Revisit your organizational map.
  • Session 2: Cohort-based management teams: How to build a management culture based on flow efficiency. How to use goals to Manage WIP at all levels with the project and product portfolios. How to assess value.
  • Session 3: Alternative Career ladders and compensation models to reinforce flow efficiency (and avoid resource efficiency). A little on how to hire for these collaborative people.
  • Session 4: How to think about Cost of Delay with your hiring and how teams work. Review flow efficiency thinking.
  • Session 5: Measures to manage by. Final Q&A and final debrief

In preparation for each week, you will spend up to an hour reading and watching videos. We will then discuss the relevant ideas in our real-time session. During the following week, you will purposefully practice the specific ideas in the previous session.


I designed these workshops for management cohorts who work in a common organization. I am considering creating open-enrollment public workshops. If you are interested in an open-enrollment workshop, please use the form below to sign up. Thanks.

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