Managing by Network 2018 Course NotebookManaging by Network

2018 Course Notebook


Welcome to Managing by Network!

Course materials posted here will help you dig deeper as you apply your knowledge and skills.

Find the roster of participants, instructor presentations, links to videos, and additional resources here.

Each week, we will update the materials for "Coming Up" and "On the Horizon." Materials from the previous week's session will be archived at the bottom of the page. 

Contact us if you have questions!

Coming Up:

Session 12: April 25 or 26 - Walk a Mile in Their Shoes

Instructors: Anne Desmarais, Peter Williams, Jane Hanson and video instructor Liz Madison

Pre-Webinar Assignments:                               


On the Horizon:

Study Hall 4: Week of April 30

Study Hall work is optional, and designed to help apply the materials learned in class or dive deeper. 

1. Attend Office Hours on Thurs May 3rd, 2-3pm EDT: chat with an instructor and other classmates 
2. Complete self-study
3. Network with classmates or instructors 
4. Explore homework
5. Apply what you learned on the job


Attending Webinars

The classroom opens 20 minutes before the start of class. Managing by Network will begin promptly at the top of the hour. 

We recommend logging in 5 mins prior to the start of the webinar.

Download How to Join a Webinar for step-by-step directions to get into WebEx.

Course Notebook Materials listed with this arrow icon are recommended for self-study when you miss a webinar.

MBN 2018 Course Notebook

  • Session 11: Smart Moves, April  & 19 Session 11: Smart Moves, April & 19

    Presentations: Moving Back to the People.pdf If you missed this webinar, watch Moving Back to the People: Understanding Asset Based Community Development with John Titre, USFS. This Spotlight Series webinar was recorded on October 26, 2017. Managing a Mix of Federal and Non-Federal...

  • Session 10: Calm the Waters, April 11 & 12 Session 10: Calm the Waters, April 11 & 12

    Presentations: Strengthening Your Conflict Management Skills presentation (PDF) The Art of Open-Ended Questions   Video Assignment: The Ladder of Inference video, with Susan Goodwin, 4 mins   Deeper Dive:  Conflict Management videos with Susan...

  • Session 09: Put the Wind in Your Sails, March 28 & 29 - Session 09: Put the Wind in Your Sails, March 28 & 29 -

    Presentations: Facilitation in Action FACA Principles and Advice   Video Assignments Making Meetings Work with Liz Madison, 11 mins; podcast available A Facilitator's Best Practices with Anne Desmarais, 18 mins; podcast available Deeper Dive: Federal...

  • Session 08: Change Your Tack, March 21 & 22 Session 08: Change Your Tack, March 21 & 22

    Presentations:   Principled Negotiation Discussion.pdf  Persuasion Insights 2018.pdf  Video Assignments:                                The Story of the Orange with Denis Desmarais, 2...

  • Session 07: Paddle Together, March 14 & 15 Session 07: Paddle Together, March 14 & 15

    Presentations Community Collaboration Toolbox (PDF) Managing Public Lands for Impact and Sustainability, Executive Summary   Video Assignments: Measuring the Health of Mt. Tam, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, 5 mins Stakeholder Analysis video with Joy Lujan, 5...

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Do you have a schedule conflict?

If you know you will miss a webinar, please email us:

Here are some ways you can catch up:

• Review session materials posted here: pre-webinar videos, presentations, activities or resources; you can receive credit for self-study work.
• Invite a colleague to sit in for you, and debrief later; and
• Follow up with a peer in the class, or with the instructors, if you have questions or would like to discuss what we covered in class.

Please note that we do not record Managing by Network webinars in order to encourage everyone to speak freely about their work in partnership, without concern about their comments being taken out of context.

MBN Course 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 partners using collaborative leadership, partnership leverage, and partner cultural awareness;
    3. sustain partnership accountability 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 intent of agency policies and practices related to partner fundraising and donation activities. 

MBN 2018 Course Schedule

2018 Schedule

 2018 MBN Roster 

2018 MBN Roster

As of 4.11.2018

Study Hall

MBN Instructors




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