Managing by Network

Managing by Network

Explore practices. Build skills. Learn from peers.

Are you a public agency manager, specialist, coordinator, or front-line supervisor working with partners, permittees, or community stakeholders?

Do you focus on natural, cultural, and recreational resource management?

Join us for Managing by Network, a series of 17 interactive webinars that will improve your preparedness in 22 competencies crucial to your job. 

Learn how to:

  • Leverage partnerships and build trust.
  • Build consensus with stakeholders.
  • Facilitate internal and external meetings.
  • Apply persuasion and negotiation strategies.
  • Recognize conflict and respond effectively.
  • Assess and mitigate risks.
  • Demonstrate accountability practices.
  • Assess the performance of partnerships and community collaboratives.
  • Build an internal network to support agreements, budgets, ethics, and outreach.
  • Communicate effectively with public agency, nonprofit, corporate, and foundation representatives.

2019 Course Overview

  • Course Start Date: February 13 and 14, 2019

  • Course End Date: June 26 and 27, 2019

  • Course Format: 36-hours, 17 live webinars and 5 optional study halls. All coursework is completed online, no travel is required. Participants meet weekly for two hours, in four seminar sized groups. Attendees may participate on the day and time of their choice based on 4 options.  

  • 2019 Schedule: Explore the curriculum week by week.

  • MBN FAQ: Is this course right for you?

 

Strengthen your professional skill set in Partnering, Community Collaboration, Strategic Thinking, Partnership Management and Accountability. Learn more about the professional competencies featured in this applied training course. 

Participants learn the principles and practices of Managing by Network through peer-learning, case studies, instruction, and facilitated discussion. Participants are invited to take an active role in webinar discussions and apply course content to their current responsibilities.

Featured Practices: collaborative leadership, conflict management, entrepreneurship, facilitation, negotiation, partnership assessment, and more. 

Highlighted Authorities: the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and Federal Ethics Regulations through the lens of community outreach.

Instructors are practitioners in partnership and community collaboration from the public, nonprofit, and private sector. Specialists in the areas of conflict management, community collaboration, human dimensions, partnering, and philanthropy share their expertise.

Supervisor Approval is required for some applicants. If your position requires supervisor approval for training, you must indicate this on the application. Share the link to the Supervisor's Recommendation Form when it becomes available this fall.

Managing by Network Learning Objectives

Applying knowledge and skills learned in this course, participants will be able to:
  1. create or strengthen an internal and external network of individuals and organizations to advance the mission of the agency;
  2. build trust with external stakeholders using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
  3. demonstrate accountability with partners, permittees and stakeholders using external awareness and communication skills including collaboration, conflict management, facilitation, persuasion, and negotiation;
  4. develop, monitor, and evaluate formal partnership agreements and projects that rely on a mix of federal and nonfederal funding, and
  5. recognize the relationship between sunshine laws including the Paperwork Reduction Act, the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Federal Ethics Regulations to accountability and building trust between public agencies and partners, stakeholders and the public. 

Learn more about the 22 competencies.

 
Instructional content for Managing by Network is presented over 17 live webinar sessions and five study halls.
 
Our teaching style encourages participants to take an active role in webinar discussions. Participants build skills and knowledge that can be applied immediately to their current partnership, permit and community collaboration responsibilities.
 
Breakout groups, live chat, peer case studies, and Socratic dialogue during our live webinars support peer-learning. We also offer instructional videos, podcasts, and blog posts as pre-webinar assignments to support a variety of learning styles. Participants may utilize their monthly study hall week to complete homework exercises, network, attend office hours, and engage in self-study that reinforces classroom learning and application.
 
Participants must attend a minimum of 10 webinars to earn a certificate for 36 hours of applied training. Participants may also present a case study as part of their coursework. 

Managing by Network is cohosted by:

  • Partnership and Community Collaboration Academy
  • BLM National Training Center and Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships
  • USFS National Partnership Office
  • USFWS National Conservation Training Center
  • DOI Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution
  • USACE Collaboration and Public Participation Center of Expertise
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