The transition from individual contributor to manager can be one of the greatest career challenges one can face. The move requires an understanding of the manager’s role and responsibilities, the challenges of being a working manager, and balancing your time.


Role of a Manager

  • Recognize the challenges of being promoted to a people manager
  • Shift required in mindset transitioning from individual contributor to manager
  • Overcome the barriers to building trust with peers and teams
  • Identify the key characteristics of a manager and leader

The Balancing Act

  • Recognize the challenges in being a working manager
  • Balance manager and individual contributor responsibilities
  • Analyze your use of time to reach a balance
  • Learn the dos and don’ts of effective transition

Managing Through Values

  • Understand why values are important as a manager
  • Define your personal leadership values
  • Demonstrate your values through observable behavior
  • Manage and lead through values for which you want to be known


  • “Absolutely loved how it was really interactive and engaged the participants!”  Xilinx
  • “As a first-time manager, the class was timely, and the content was useful.”  Align Technology
  • “It is very difficult to keep people engaged for 120 minutes online. Jill did a great job!”  Maxim
  • “The content design was very user centric. You walked away with tools of how to approach the fundamentals as a new manager.”  Qualcomm
  • “Highly recommend this course for new managers. I learned my personal working style and how to better communicate with my peers, direct reports and especially upper management!”  Qualcomm
  • “Great kickoff to being a new manager. I learned the best practices for what to do and what not to do in my new role. The analogy between Orchestra Leader and Jazz Band Leader gave me a vision of the different management styles and how to effectively be both.”  Nvidia