How to get your manager to say "yes"

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Are you an expert, yet your managers / executives keep questioning and overriding your decisions? This CW Training run by Adelina Chalmers and Sam Dods will help you get executives on board with your way of thinking.

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About the event

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  • Are you a senior leader or an expert in your company?
  • Do you find your executives ask your opinion, yet they then tell you what to do?
  • Do you feel they don't trust your judgement, despite them agreeing you are the expert in your area?

Come to this session to find out:

  • Why executives may not trust your assessment, despite them admitting you are the expert
  • What you can do to help them realise they are stifling progress
  • What you can say in meetings to help them take your assessment on board

Why you should choose this course?

Many employees feel unappreciated by leaders who don't appear to take into account their perspectives and ultimately override their decisions. This is not only demotivating, demoralising and disappointing to you, but it also holds the company back. This course will give you the tools to understand what is happening and what you can do when you are in this situation.

This course is customised to the challenges of the people in the audience and includes an optional 30 minute phone conversation before the webinar with one of the trainers about your unique personal development goals.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for people who are department leads and senior managers, or scientists and engineers who want to get their leaders to support their decisions. 

The following people would benefit by attending this course:

  • CTO / VP Engineering / Head of Engineering / R&D Director
  • Senior Managers / Directors with a tech or science background
  • Project / Product / Programme Managers who are scientists or engineers 
  • Software / Hardware Engineers, Developers and Scientists who want to influence upwards, downwards or sideways in their organisation
  • Anyone with a leader who doesn't support their decisions.

Testimonial for Sam:

“Sam’s help has been invaluable to us at Optibrium in adapting our organisation to rapid growth. He ran a very constructive and stimulating workshop for our management team, helping us to identify the challenges and opportunities we face. Working with Sam is always enjoyable. He brings a wealth of experience and good advice, conveyed with enthusiasm and a sense of humour.”

Matthew Segal, CEO Optibrium

Testimonial for Adelina:

"I used Adelina's formula for pitching internally an AI sourcing tool that will transform TA globally and it worked! Adelina helped me show the value proposition for the business, not just telling leadership this is a project we should do. My suggestion if you are struggling in your business then bring her in and let her work her magic, it's money well spent! " 

Sheena Nagar, Head of Talent Acquisition, CAE (formerly Canadian Aviation Electronics)

 This course is the mirror course of "I worry they'll mess it up" - What would it take to feel confident in your senior teams' decisions 

We can change the course name on the registration/invoice to your employer for this course, in case you would like to attend but worry about HR/other people in the company knowing you are coming to this course.

You can follow @CambWireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWTechTrain.


Adelina Chalmers - The Geek Whisperer

Adelina Chalmers a.k.a. ‘The Geek Whisperer’ helps break down the barriers between engineers and other business functions and she is top 7 Cofinitive #People to Watch with her business, The Geek Whisperer®.  

Adelina was always keen to improve her soft skills, but after taking countless courses, she felt she had wasted her time and wondered: “how does this apply to me tomorrow, in my next meeting?”

She now runs communication skills training where she translates complex concepts into practical, in-the-moment techniques (based on neuroscience) you can use to change the outcome of a meeting. 

The name "Geek Whisperer" came from someone who observed Adelina working with engineers helping them pitch their ideas and said: "I have never seen anyone connect with engineers like this. It's like you are a geek whisperer."  She loved the name, but did not take it on until 5 years later, after she spoke to countless engineers and scientists and asked if they felt patronise by this name. The vast majority (93%) said they loved the name and found it quirky, so she decided to take it on.

She also works with one of Arm’s original founders (Jamie Urquhart) and other unicorn executives on a bi-annual event (named “Unicorn’s Den” by Business Weekly) where Cambridge tech start-up founders present a business problem and the panel (made of billion dollar tech businesses founders and executives) give advice on how they would solve this problem. Other people on Adelina’s panel include: former MD at Yahoo! Europe, former CTO at HP, Director of Engineering at Amazon and several Arm GMs and VPs.

Sam Dods - Managing Director, Koru

Sam Dods is an Organisational Consultant and cofounder of Koru. With a background in Mining Engineering, he co-founded and grew a tech company, Aperio Ltd. to a successful acquisition by Fugro in 2012.

As a former Technical Director, Managing Director and Head of Organisational Development, Sam is a values driven leader who has lived and worked in 4 continents and developed a profound awareness of the importance of psychodynamics in today’s work place. He help's leadership teams build more effective organisations; improving the team’s self-awareness and awareness of others so that they can work together to design and implement their strategic direction. 

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