Your first step in leadership development
Taking on new supervisory responsibilities is a great opportunity and challenge. Many in supervisory roles have learned either by trial and error or by following what was done by their predecessor. In most cases, this is not a very effective strategy. This short, dynamic workshop will get you going in the right direction with some fundamental skills and ideas for how to continue your growth as a supervisor and leader.
Who should attend
- Newly promoted or hired supervisors
- Small business owners starting to supervise employees
- Candidates for upcoming supervisory positions
Benefits of attending this program
- Reduced stress associated with supervision
- Increased confidence in your leadership ability
- Improved team performance
- Focus on the most important things as a supervisor/leader
- Plan for continued training and development to build skills and knowledge over time
Key topics addressed
- New role = new mindset
- Basic supervisory responsibilities
- Dealing with co-workers in your new role
- Improving communication in your team
- Effective delegation
- Recognizing and motivating team members
- Planning your future leadership development
Sarah Smyrk, RCC
Field Supervision-Training and Communications Lead
Sarah Smyrk currently leads training and communications for the Field Supervision Team at Northwestern Mutual. In this role, she is responsible for identifying training gaps and setting the training and communications strategy to support the needs of the Directors of Network Office Supervision as they implement and oversee field supervisory policies and procedures. She leads the training team to develop and execute curriculum to help close the gaps. Sarah joined Northwestern Mutual in April of this year (2016).
Previously, Sarah was with CUNA Mutual Group in Madison, WI, from 2007-2016, where she was responsible for leading the vision, strategy, and execution of training initiatives for CUNA Brokerage Services, Inc. and its financial advisors. In addition, she was responsible for training for CUNA Mutual Group’s Life, Annuity and Health Product Sales Teams.
As a Registered Corporate Coach™ (RCC), Sarah is passionate about working closely with advisors on an individual basis to help them achieve top levels of success and take their business to the next level, while providing an outstanding client experience. She uses her leadership and coaching expertise to help teams build and implement mentoring programs that help strengthen and reinforce goals and top priorities.
Sarah also focuses on programs that help females in the financial services industry succeed. While at CUNA Mutual Group, she developed and led CBSI’s Women of Distinction program; a group of the company’s top female financial advisors. The group focused on mentoring advisors who were either new to organization or to the industry.
Sarah lives in Sun Prairie, WI and is actively involved in her community; volunteering with several non-profits and teaching a class for the UW Small Business Development Center. In 2013, she was recognized by Madison’s InBusiness magazine as “40 Under 40.” She enjoys working out and running with her dog, Wally.