Managers Anonymous is a small, facilitated support group for managers of all kinds. Too many leadership courses only teach acronyms and process which aren’t very helpful when you get back to the office. Instead we work on self-awareness by practicing empathy and deep-listening. The collective insight of the group will help you see challenges in a new light.
Three times a year we run an eight-week block. During the block we meet every Wednesday from 7–9am.
Managers Anonymous and the Non-Violent Communication (NVC) framework provides a practical and effective toolbox of ideas and techniques to help decode tricky management & personnel issues. Listening to, and participating in the group helped me level up as a manager.
Being part of MA has been a really important part of my growth as a team leader and people manager. It provides a space where I can reflect on my actions and look to the support of peers when I stumble across a problem.
The structure, approach and facilitation that Adam puts in place goes a long way to creating a comfortable environment for this to happen.
It feels like the ground covered during an hour at MA would have taken me two weeks to get through by myself.
I was afraid that this was going to be some kind of hippy-dippy share-your-feelings and get vague affirmations gathering. There are definitely feelings sharing but it’s with a goal of working out what the feelings are and what the root need is that has created those feelings. This was useful for me to learn for myself, and is useful for working with other people. I got to meet all sorts of different people, in many different areas of work, and realised that everyone has similar problems and fears.
As a passionate person who wears my emotions on my sleeves, I found it really helpful.
Managers Anonymous was an invaluable experience. It provided a safe and supportive environment to discuss and reflect on ‘real-life’ people leadership challenges. I valued the sense of camaraderie within the group. The structure of the meetings allowed us to use a theoretical framework to ask questions and break the challenges we shared into more digestible chunks. This way I found it far easier to put my finger on underlying issues, and have continued using this approach on a daily basis in my role. Most importantly, I now have a great group of people I can call on in future for support.
I found it really empowering to learn that other people share problems and perspectives similar to mine in a structured but personal situation. The ability to hear questions and perspectives from people who aren’t directly involved in your situation is a rare gift.
Leading a team can be a pretty lonely experience. Managers Anonymous gave me the peers and space I needed to develop my leadership skills. It’s had an enormous impact on the way I work.
Amy and Adam’s depth of experience, coupled with the other managers I met throughout the sessions, created an amazing platform and safe environment to learn new ideas, initiatives and processes. Bringing these experiences back into my work life has made me a better leader.
Managers Anonymous helped me understand the difficulties that managers face, and how to effectively use non-violent communication in my professional life.
Who are we?
Amy and Adam are a brother and sister team who have been facilitating Managers Anonymous since 2014.
Adam has spent his career mostly being a manager of some sort. He’s been a founder at four startups (two of which are still going, and two of which failed early). He has worked as a technical lead, a middle manager, an executive and most recently as a coach. Though he mostly worked for technology companies it was the humans, and the complications they engender, which were the focus of his work.
Eight weeks beginning 2 Feb 2020.
Eight weeks beginning 10 Jun 2020.
Eight weeks beginning 2 Sep 2020.