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Talent Magnetism

Your company is only as good as the talent you keep. Learn the new rules for attracting top talent and getting them to stick around. Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Learn how to save your company millions by improving the quality of your hires, while improving productivity. Slash costly employee turnover.

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Roberta's Recent Publications

Suddenly in Charge

Honored by the Washington Post as a Top 5 Business Book for Leaders.

Learn how to manage up, down, and succeed all around... Excerpt

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Suddenly in Charge

Suddenly in Charge® Management Roundtables

A program for organizations committed to boosting front-line performance of newly minted managers

Do you know that four out of ten newly promoted managers fail within 18 months of starting a new job (according to Manchester Partners, International research)? Training and coaching of newly promoted employees can exponentially increase success rates and develop new managers into high-performance leaders. A study conducted by the International Personnel Association found that training alone increased productivity by 22.4%, while training plus coaching increased productivity by 88%!

Our Suddenly in Charge® Roundtable is a program dedicated to increasing the performance and success of new managers.

Benefits to the organization include:

  • Increased productivity and performance
  • Seamless transition of leadership
  • Increased collaboration up and down the organization
  • Reduction of costly turnover
  • Increased employee alignment and engagement
  • Improved internal and external customer relations
  • Strengthened succession planning

Participants will be able to:

  • Swiftly resolve real-time situations commonly faced by new managers in transition
  • Derive and immediately implement actionable ideas
  • Create a workplace environment of commitment, rather than compliance
  • Increase their business agility and credibility
  • Identify and address blind spots that commonly hinder managers from being successful in their new role
  • Set a clear vision and strategy for personal leadership development
  • Have more time to focus on increasing the productivity of their team members
  • Increase their productivity by decreasing the stress level commonly associated with change
  • Anticipate trends and remove roadblocks that impact bottom-line profitability

Our Approach

In a confidential setting, new managers from non-competing industries come together once a month in a peer-to-peer learning environment to discover the secrets of effective leadership, including managing up, working through everyday challenges, improving their communication skills and swiftly building productive relationships throughout their organizations. We will share lessons learned and incorporate best practices to help new managers smoothly transition from individual contributors to effective managers who inspire others to work at their optimal level.

An additional option of one-on-one coaching is available for those employers interested in boosting the return on their investment.

Getting Started

To register, call 413-582-1840 today or contact us. If you prefer to have a group solely dedicated to helping your own managers soar, let us know and we can customize a program to meet your individual needs.

Praise for Suddenly in Charge

"Whether you read this book from front to back or back to front, whether you are the new boss or the new subordinate, you'll be better at what you do, and you'll feel elevated as a result - no matter what's on your business card."

Alan Weiss, PhD
Author, Million Dollar Consulting and Thrive!
President, Summit Consulting Group, Inc.

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"Not only a practical and effective management training, but a comprehensive corporate survival guide. Don’t face the jungles of corporate management without this book close at hand."

Andrew Ashley, Vice President BA Manager,
Bank of America

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"Where was this book when I started managing people? Whether it is talent selection, leadership communication, performance problems or helping your boss prosper, Suddenly in Charge is the quintessential guidebook for succeeding..."

Joseph Michelli, PhD, bestselling author of The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, and When Fish Fly

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"When I made the leap into a senior leadership position at a small software company and was suddenly in charge®, Roberta’s guidance and insight was instrumental in helping me identify the key strategies and approaches..."

Rose Eastman, Senior Director, Technical Program Management, former VP of Operations,
Enterprise Knowledge Systems

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"Suddenly in Charge is a must-read playbook for the new manager…. Delivered in a unique and creative way, Roberta Matuson equips the new manager with practical tools and examples that set their course for success in all directions."

Barbara Callan-Bogia, Vice President, Organization Development & North American Retail Human Resources,
Office DEPOT

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"Being thrown into a new manager's role can be a lot like an ice water bath—shocking and exhilarating all at the same time! Roberta Matuson takes what can be a daunting experience and creates a step-by-step guide for new managers...

Jay B. Hargis, Director of Learning and Development, Tufts Medical Center and adjunct professor of Human Resources at Suffolk University

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"Our industry requires us to be up to speed—management wise—at all times. With Roberta Matuson, I never have to worry about this. I would highly recommend this book to any business owner."

Peter Rinnig, owner,
QRST's

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When both time and money are scarce, Suddenly in Charge is a must-have for all new supervisors or managers. Matuson’s experience working in the trenches is evident and the book is written in a straightforward, understandable, and authentic manner...

Patricia Hunt Sinacole, CEO and Founder,
First Beacon Group LLC

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"I was incredibly fortunate to find Roberta for a mentor right out of college. She completely prepared me to step in and be ‘suddenly in charge®’ in subsequent positions."

Megan Caradonna, Customer Service and Production Manager,
Little Sib, LLC

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"Roberta Matuson’s Suddenly in Charge offers compelling lessons for both employees and their bosses…. Comprehensive in sweep and replete with suggestions, this informative read is relevant for all levels."

David Boyd, professor, Management and Organizational Development Group,
College of Business Administration, Northeastern University

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"Have you just parachuted in for a hard landing in management? Dust yourself off and read Roberta Matuson’s spot-on primer for new managers. Matuson offers nuanced advice on how to succeed on all fronts, from day one."

John Rossheim, Senior Contributing Writer,
Monster

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"When it comes to management of people, Roberta sees through all the noise to the heart of the matter."

Mark Spitzer, Former President,
Photonic Glass Corporation

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"Roberta Chinsky Matuson has leveraged years of experience and her significant insights into generational differences to develop a primer for managers of all ages and levels in an organization. Her direct, no-nonsense writing style results in many useful take-aways...

Jerel Golub, President, COO,
Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corporation

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"The advice I have received from Roberta over the years regarding leadership matters has been invaluable. It will be great to now have a resource like Suddenly in Charge to access whenever I need it."

Russell Whitaker, Senior Vice President,
Broadcast Pix

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"Our industry requires us to be up to speed—management wise—at all times. With Roberta Matuson, I never have to worry about this. I would highly recommend this book to any business owner."

Peter Rinnig, owner,
QRST's

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"Roberta’s knowledge and expertise in HR is amazing! Her advice in dealing with junior- and senior-level managers and executives is truly exceptional! She is a wonderful person who has been an extraordinary mentor."

Pam Hoey, HR Director,
Sentient Jet

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Management Roundtables

A program for organizations committed to boosting front-line performance of newly minted managers.

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