Managing up for Vice Chairs: How to Ensure Success for You and Your Chair
Successful “managing up” is key to active participation in decision making within a department. Vice chairs who successfully manage up learn to express their interests in a manner that aligns with their leader’s, show understanding of their boss's concerns, and develop their own "follow"ship skills. This ability to articulate concerns in a manner that leads to meaningful discussion without placing the chair into a defensive position requires introspection and caution. Failing to avoid the pitfalls, such as failure to understand the ground rules of effectively managing up, may make you “part of the problem.” This didactic will share the experiences of several chairs who, during their advancement, have had to deal with their chairs or other leaders with approaches or expectations that differed from theirs. The panel will leave time for questions from audience members who may be currently encountering stubborn relationships or just have questions about how to move the relationship to a new level. The session will include discussion on the universally important pillars of successful upward management.
(AACEM and Vice Chairs Interest Group Sponsored)
All times are in Central Time
- Explain the complex, multidimensional nature of human interaction
- Discuss how others have approached complex situations differently than you would have and what you have learned
- Describe a novel approach you could use to a common challenging situation involving your Chair