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Managing Change and Conflict

The Leadership Training Program for this week is in full swing! Today is day two of class, and students are being given numerous opportunities to practice the leadership principles presented. We believe that group activities and open forum discussions are an essential part of the learning process that help to reinforce the topics covered and […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Change Management Skills

There is one thing that’s certain in this digital age we live in – change happens at a very rapid pace.  The manager who is not able to lead through the ever-changing work environment will not be effective and will lose the respect of their subordinates and superiors.  Whether it’s the changing workforce, the increased […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Team-Building Skills

We’ve looked at three reasons new managers and supervisors fail in their leadership positions. Lack of training, lack of leadership skills and inability to resolve conflict in the workplace will severely hinder a new manager in their role. Today we’ll be looking at the fourth reason a new manager or supervisor would fail: lack of […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Conflict Resolution Skills

The third reason that newly promoted managers and supervisors fail is because they lack the ability to resolve conflict or the ability to help others resolve conflict. It doesn’t matter where you work, if there is more than one employee, there will be conflict. It is only a matter of time until differing opinions of how […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Leadership Skills

In a previous post, we presented the theory that leaders are not born, they are made.  They are made by the individual intentionally learning and putting into practice the competencies that are required to lead and direct others.  A manager who works for a public agency, such as a water district or sewer district, has […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: Lack of Training

In this post, we’ll look to challenge a common management myth. At American Water College, we believe that leaders are made, not born, and management skills are developed, not built-in. The skills and attributes that define good leaders and managers are not granted at birth to a select few who are destined to lead others […]

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Reasons New Managers and Supervisors Fail: The Peter Principle

Today we begin a series exploring the top five reasons that new managers or supervisors fail in their new position. Joe Kerschner, Founder and President of American Water College, has observed this phenomenon over the course of his career in Water and Wastewater Treatment and Management. The concept is not unfamiliar to the management world […]

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Great Lakes-Lake Superior

Last, but certainly not least, Lake Superior, the largest lake by surface area of the five Great Lakes of Northern America. Lake Superior is fed by over 200 rivers, and pours into Lake Huron via the St Mary’s River and the Soo Locks. As the largest freshwater lake (by volume) on the North American continent, […]

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