The Messy Middle: How to be Successful in a Middle-Management Position

This workshop will focus on the unique roles and challenges of middle managers, and the special opportunities middle managers have to influence organizational excellence

Specific, effective skills and techniques will be discussed and practiced. 

The workshop will be fun, interactive, practical and productive.  Equally effective for people currently in middle management positions, for those supervising (and perhaps frustrated with) middle managers, and for those hoping to be well-prepared for future middle-management positions. 

 Attendees are encouraged to bring examples of real-life sticky situations for discussion and input on how best to handle them

Key Takeaways
  • Identifying what commonly goes wrong for middle managers - understanding the balancing act of translating effectively up and down the structure 
  • Learning pragmatic and effective communication skills to connect those you supervise with those who supervise you; 
  • Learning how to form, instruct, and manage work teams to achieve the outcomes desired by upper management; 
  • Learning about particularly effective leadership styles for middle managers.


Who Should Attend
  • Michigan Works! Directors
  • Management Staff
  • Aspiring Managers


August 20, 2019


Registration: 8:30 am
Training: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (includes lunch)

Location - UPDATED

The MTG Space
The Grand River Room
4039 Legacy Parkway
Lansing, MI 48911



$120 Member
$165 Nonmember


Presented by

Elaine Wood, Woodside Strategies, LLC