A comprehensive two-day training course for first-time managers in publishing.
Managing people for the first time can seem like a daunting prospect, even for high-achieving publishing people. This highly practical course will give new managers the core skills they need to manage confidently and successfully.
As well as providing core management skills, the course is tailored to the specific context of publishing, helping new managers to engage effectively with the challenges and opportunities they face and to support their colleagues to do the same.
The course is for anyone stepping up into line management for the first time or aspiring to do so. It’s suitable for first-time managers across publishing functions, in companies and imprints of all sizes.
This course contributes to PUB 3 of the Book & Journal Publishing National Occupational Standards.
Day 1: Management essentials
An introduction to management: the core skills required of managers in a publishing organisation, including:
Building blocks of people management: an introduction to some tools and techniques to support a manager in running their team, including:
Day Two: Management in publishing
Specific challenges facing the industry and how these can be addressed by managers
Managing change: change is a constant in all industries and publishing is no exception. This session will focus on how to support the manager and their teams to adapt to change as the “new normal”.
Managing innovation: all publishers are being forced to innovate constantly. This session will look at how to create the conditions for innovation and how to structure the processes surrounding it for the best results
Financial management for publishers: how are publishing budgets created, and how are they measured?
Time management: being a manager puts extra pressures on your time, so you need to think carefully about balancing time spent with others and time spent on your own work – while also carving out time for personal and career development too.
Developing a network: publishing is an industry based around people; this session will give a practical insight into how to develop relationships and sustain a professional and industry network
Personal development plan: using the insights of the previous sessions, each delegate will be supported to create a 90-day personal action plan to help them to practice the skills they have learned and ensure that the knowledge translates into actionable steps which can be implemented when they return to work.
“Clare and Nancy delivered an excellent course - their style of delivery was really engaging and the content was everything you'd need to know as a new manager. The personal development plan has really given me some concrete steps to begin straightaway. The course helped me realise that I do have a lot of these skills already and I need to find ways of using them - a good confidence boost!"
British Sociological Association delegate, October 2018
“The course was excellent, a great experience, and I've already been recommending it to a number of other people who I think it might benefit. Being able to discuss some specific issues has really helped me find a fresh approach to deal with problem areas. Plus, it was really helpful to build on my ideas what exactly a manager is required to do.”
Nosy Crow delegate, October 2018
“It was particularly useful to be able to talk to the tutors about specific issues I'm dealing with at the moment and to get their input.”
Nosy Crow delegate, October 2018