Before you landed your supervisory position, you could seek advice from, vent to and share ideas with just about anyone. As long as you trusted the person and valued his or her insight, any colleague had sounding-board potential.
Now your situation is more complicated. On the one hand, you have a lot more on your plate, meaning a lot more you want and need to talk about. On the other hand, your peer group has shrunk considerably. Whom can you turn to for advice and a listening ear?
You might be able to turn to other supervisors in your organization. They’re working toward the same overall goals, and they understand your organization’s culture. But you might feel very far removed from other supervisors, because you work with them infrequently. Another option we’ve suggested before is talking to a mentor. But while good mentors are invaluable, they also can be hard to find. You might not have established that relationship yet, and even if you have, you don’t want to barrage your mentor with constant questions.
Here’s one source you might not have considered: your fellow attendees at leadership training seminars. Those events are full of people in similar situations, after all.
I was reflecting on my experiences at the Bud to Boss and Ultimate Communicator Training Camps earlier this year, and it occurred to me that one of the greatest benefits of leadership training seminars is that they allow attendees to bounce ideas off each other. And in the sessions I attended, I have to say, you could not have asked for better sounding boards.
First, there are the facilitators, who are not only experts in their subject matters, but also top-notch listeners and discussion-group leaders. (At the Bud to Boss and Ultimate Communicator Training Camps all the facilitators have been selected and trained by the highly touted Kevin Eikenberry Group, so it’s no wonder they’re so good.)
Second—and possibly more importantly—there are the other attendees. Maybe I just got lucky, but both sessions I attended were filled with very thoughtful, interested and objective professionals. Whenever one person voiced a frustration or predicament, five or more people had valuable suggestions. They asked smart questions and shared anecdotes of their own successes and failures. It was very cool to be part of such a supportive and insightful group of people—even if just for a couple of days.
Of course, there are times when you really need to talk to someone who knows your organization’s goals and policies. But other times it’s freeing to be able to talk through a problem with someone or some people who are practically strangers but who understand what it means to be a new manager.
If you’re interested in that benefit—and many others—I highly recommend you check out the Bud to Boss Training Camp. Sessions are scheduled for the following locations in the next couple of months:
Austin, Texas: Nov. 12-13
Milwaukee: Nov. 15-16
*Orlando, Fla.: Dec. 3-4
(*This session is specially designed for healthcare professionals. Read more!)
Phoenix: Dec: 5-6
Richmond, Va.: Dec. 11-12
Sign up today for the session nearest you! (And hurry—they do sell out!)
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