Maximize Your Career Potential by Learning to Manage Up

Hosted by the New Professionals Section.

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Category: Techniques & Tactics

Picture this: you've just landed a new job, but your new manager isn't as hands-on as previous supervisors or professors. Instead, you get 30-minutes of one-on-one time with them every other week and -- before you can even learn how to use the printer -- they expect you to show results. Yikes! Others may report into someone that is too hands-on -- an entirely different challenge. Whatever your situation may be, learning how to work with your direct supervisor can make or break the early days of your career. A good manager can be your mentor, guide and biggest cheerleader, and it all comes down to how you manage up.

In this workshop, you'll learn: 

  • The power of quick wins
  • How to Ask for Feedback
  • How to discover "unwritten rules"
  • Why personalities matter in the workplace
  • What it means to set expectations
  • Communications for Communicators
  • and more.


Scott W. Thornburg, APR, senior public relations manager, Sojern

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Scott W. Thornburg, APR, is an accredited marketing communications leader with nearly a decade of global agency and in-house experience. Passionate about his work, he is known for thoughtful management of complex issues, careful attention to detail and high-impact leadership. Scott has been a strategic communications adviser for top global brands like Oracle, ExxonMobil, Dell, Cirque du Soleil, Hard Rock, Nasdaq, (acquired by LinkedIn) and more. He now works as a senior public relations manager for Sojern, a travel marketing and advertising technology company. He’s a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi (2010), with a degree in journalism, and an emphasis in public relations. Scott is a member of the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and serves on the organization's national board.