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Practical Leadership 1.0: Supervising for Employee Engagement

AMC members now have access to highly rated online courses with Lisa Negstad.  The Practical Leadership 1.0: Supervising for Employee Engagement online workshop series is offered exclusively for Minnesota county leaders.  Gain useful insight in an engaging virtual classroom while learning with colleagues from across the state.

AMC Practical Leadership 1.0 (3 days, 2 hours each) 
June 2023
June 2023 Training Handbook
Monday, June 12 (10 – Noon)
Thursday, June 15 (10 – Noon)
Friday, June 16 (10 – Noon)

What if I have a conflict with one of the three parts? Each session builds upon the previous session. Therefore, if you have a conflict with one or more of the parts, we recommend not registering for this training. It will be offered again through AMC in 2021.

Will the session be recorded? Because of the highly interactive nature of this training, which will include ongoing conversation via chat and polls, it will not be recorded.

Can registrations be shared? To achieve the best possible learning outcomes during this training, each participant needs to have their own connection to the virtual classroom, which means registrations can't be shared. Participants will be actively engaging with the trainer via chat and polls, and thus each needs to have their own keyboard, computer, and connection to the training.

Note: The online version is conducted for six hours over three days and contains the exact information as the one-day, in-person workshop while eliminating the need to travel. It uses Adobe Connect. Log-in instructions will emailed to you one week prior to the first day of the training workshop. You will need a computer with a reliable high-speed internet connection. Audio is available via your computer or your phone; choose the audio connection that provides you with the best sound quality.

If you have questions, please contact Suzanne LaPalm.

Workshop Summary

Effectively carrying out a supervisor role is more "art" than science. Often, managers are left on their own to try and figure out how to implement their supervisor duties. Yet skilled supervisors are the primary extrinsic factor that creates strong employee engagement and performance. This highly interactive workshop provides participants with immediately implementable tools and strategies.

This workshop is very popular and consistently receives high evaluations. You will leave with a handbook that contains tools and ideas that you can implement immediately.

Curriculum Areas

  • Cultivating self-awareness
  • Introduction to emotional intelligence
  • Holding difficult conversations
  • 6 essential skills of supervision
  • Coach approach to supervision

Learning Outcomes

  • Better understand the competencies of the supervisor role and improved confidence in implementing the role
  • Cultivate self-awareness and accountability for avoiding toxic behaviors in the work place
  • Increase comfort at holding a range of conversations, including developmental feedback
  • Learn strategies for helping employees solve their own challenges
  • Build awareness of when to use coaching in the supervisor role
  • Receive an introduction to the fundamental components of coaching - listening and inquiry


Feedback from Previous Participants

“I loved the workshop format which combined lecture with personal reflection with group interactions. Very dynamic.”

“This is definitely information I will be able to put into practice in my work! Thank you!”

“…nothing is ever ‘Excellent’ – there is always room for improvement, right? Well there wasn’t anything to improve upon – there was the right mix of interaction, reflection, movement and Q and A.”

“The training really was the most practical session I've ever taken on management and supervising."


Lisa Negstad,
Negstad Consulting, LLC

Lisa Negstad specializes in designing processes that use creative and engaging methods, leverage individual strengths, produce sustainable learning, and improve team effectiveness.

Since starting her consulting firm, Lisa has worked with a diverse nonprofit, foundation, and government clientele. Lisa is currently contracted by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits to regularly offer Practical Leadership trainings to its membership. In 2016, Lisa provided Effective Workplace Conversation training for staff of the League of Minnesota Cities. She consistently receives highly positive evaluations. The Minnesota Cities Magazine will feature a Message Matters post entitled “The challenge of giving constructive feedback” from Lisa in the September-October 2017 issue.

Lisa has an M.B.A from Yale University School of Management and a B.A. in psychology from Luther College. Lisa has served on or chaired several nonprofit boards.