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102AB, Wisconsin Center

Be the MVP of Managers

Tuesday, Oct 15 11:45 - 12:30

Presented by Joel Vertin

Countless projects. Unrealistic deadlines. Little or no recognition. Sound familiar? The reality of working in higher education is that things will suck from time to time. We have all been there. What can make our jobs more bearable? An awesome manager!

The Most Valuable Players of managers have a variety of skills: They are leaders. They provide both structure and freedom (crazy, right?). They motivate. Empathize. And most importantly—they are HUMAN.

In this session, I will share leadership and organizational tactics commonly discussed in any MBA program—skills that I use to (hopefully?) be an awesome manager for my team of eight staff and eight student workers. I will provide a crash course in job characteristic theory and emotional intelligence. I’ll explore how to structure tasks following core job characteristics, and tie job feedback into the mixed model for emotional intelligence.

Individuals currently in—or hoping to be—in managerial or leadership roles are encouraged to attend. Attendees will leave prepared to be the management MVP their team needs!



Joel Vertin

Director of Digital Services

Joel Vertin is the Director of Digital Services within University Marketing and Communications at Michigan Technological University. He oversees Michigan Tech's studio and web teams. Vertin has an MBA and a bachelor's of science in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems. He is keenly interested in breaking down silos, fostering relationships and shared goals, and using the multitude of spaces where content creation, marketing, search engine optimization, PR and news, and social media intersect on the world wide web to promote Michigan Tech.