Better Nonprofit Management Series

Building Supervisor-Staff Relationships Through Communication (May)

This workshop is full.

Tuesday, May 18, 2021
10 a.m. to 12 noon Eastern, Online

Fee: $40

Presented by Lyn Freundlich and Joanne Horgan

Skilled, intentional, and strategic supervision is integral to organizational success and employee satisfaction. Effective supervisors, whether new to the role or coming with a wealth of experience, tap into self-awareness, are adaptive, and leverage a range of interpersonal skills. Using these practices, a supervisor creates a culture of mutual respect — one in which employees and supervisors communicate regularly and clearly about job-related expectations, tasks, and overall performance.

Through this 120-minute interactive session on effective supervisory communication, participants will: 

  • Understand the importance of soliciting feedback and learn approaches to building this into their supervisory practice 
  • Discover the barriers to receiving constructive feedback and ways to manage reactions which support your effectiveness as a supervisor 
  • Explore the conditions that make giving feedback valuable and practice adaptive approaches to providing constructive and positive feedback
  • Learn how to hold one-on-one meetings that strengthen communication, trust, and staff effectiveness

Target audience: Supervisors with all levels of experience; from emerging supervisors to those with many years of experience.

About the Presenters

Lyn Freundlich is the Founder and Principal Consultant at Change for Good Coaching and Consulting. She specializes in leadership development, human resources, and change management as a coach, facilitator, trainer and consultant. She considers employees an organization’s greatest asset and believes that people choose to work in nonprofits not simply to make a living but to make a difference. As a practitioner, Lyn understands that the human resources function served to protect organizations by ensuring compliance with a host of employment regulations but also to support employees’ effectiveness. She believes that a well-functioning organization walks their talk by treating staff in ways that promote equity and are consistent with their mission and vision. Lyn has over 30 years of experience in the nonprofit sector working in a range of settings from large, international organizations to small, member-driven, local groups. Most recently she worked with TSNE where she served as the Director of Administration and Human Resources for over fifteen years.

Lyn is a seasoned trainer, coach and consultant serving dozens of clients each year. She has a B.A. from Oberlin College and a Master’s Degree in Organization and Management from Antioch University of New England. Lyn is also a Certified Professional Coach. She is proud to have served on numerous boards including with The City School, a Boston-based nonprofit working with young people across lines of race, class, gender, and neighborhood who are emerging leaders and have a passion for social justice. She also sits on the board of Onward!, a new organization using innovative solutions that harness the power of technology to bring about systems-level change and build power in our most marginalized communities.

Joanne Horgan is currently a Human Resources Consultant and Lead Trainer for TSNE. Joanne has worked with TSNE since 1993. Joanne has served many roles in the organization over the years, all of them in TSNE’s Human Resources practice. She has directed the internal HR function as well as led the HR team in its delivery of services to over 60 fiscally sponsored clients. Joanne has also been providing HR consulting and training for small to mid-sized grassroots, social justice, and other mission-focused nonprofits for over 20 years. Joanne holds a BA in Organizational Psychology and an MS in Human Resources Counseling from Northeastern University.

Joanne grounds TSNE’s HR training and consulting practice in the belief that people are an organization’s greatest asset and choose this work not simply to make a living but to make a difference. This belief, coupled with the philosophy that core organizational values can best be lived internally through values-aligned human resources practices, informs their work. Joanne leads values-based HR assessments and works with organizations to build compensation, performance management, and other systems that reflect each organization’s unique culture. She is an experienced coach and provides “on-site” employee relations coaching and consulting to nonprofit organizations and their supervisors and leaders. She approaches coaching and employee-relations issues from a strength-based model that values the whole person while keeping the organization’s mission and values a top priority.


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