Getting to Grips with People Management in Publishing

people management 300 x 224A 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.



Who will benefit from this course?

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.


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Learn how to…

  • recognise core management skills and responsibilities, and what makes a good manager
  • make the most of your own personal management style and preferred team role
  • handle the transition from peer to manager
  • carry out everyday management skills such as recruitment, induction, appraisal and handling trouble
  • get the best out of a diverse team
  • manage change and get a handle on innovation
  • tackle the basics of budgeting and financial reporting
  • develop a network of contacts, allies and mentors
  • create your own personal action plan to help keep you on track when you get back to the office.

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:

  • What are the responsibilities of a manager?
  • What makes a good manager?
  • What is your personal management style?
  • Team roles assessment to introduce you to your own strengths and weaknesses
  • How to handle the change from peer to manager

Basics of people management: an introduction to some tools and techniques to support a manager in running their team, including:

  • Interviewing skills and how to avoid hiring bias
  • The induction process
  • Giving feedback
  • How to deliver effective appraisals
  • What happens when a team member leaves

Working with publishing people: publishing houses are full of smart, questioning people, who can be cynical about traditional management techniques and organisational hierarchies. This session will focus on how to work with teams in that scenario, how to be taken seriously as a manager, and how to handle feedback and potential conflict in teams.

  • How to manage a diverse team
  • Coaching your team members
  • An interactive Belbin team roles workshop session introducing different working styles and how to get the best out of your team

Day Two: Industry context
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”.

  • Understanding the personal impacts of change on your team
  • The change curve and how to identify where your team members are in the process
  • Case study analysis to explore how to manage change effectively
  • Impacts within the industry: self publishing, online selling and the rise of Amazon

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

  • Working with market data and insights to Identify goals for your innovation efforts
  • Product vs process innovation
  • Validating an idea
  • Prototyping and new concept development
  • How to put together a process for innovation

Financial management for publishers: how are publishing budgets created, and how are they measured?

  • Practical budget creation exercise
  • Understanding commonly-used financial reports
  • The relationship between project/book budgets and the overall company budget

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

  • How to handle networking situations
  • Societies and industry bodies
  • Staying up to date with industry developments
  • Using social media for networking
  • Finding allies, mentors and champions – within or outside your organisation

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.


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A two-day course
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  • 21 May 2018


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