Management Training Program for Non-Profits

Great managers aren’t born.

They are made.

Finally, practical management training designed specifically for the non-profit and public sectors. Delivered by Laridae’s experienced consultants with years of experience inside and outside the non-profit sector, our Management Training Program provides managers with the fundamental skills and tools they need to thrive in their role.

Who is this program for?

Whether you’re a new manager who wants to get oriented, or an experienced manager looking to become more effective at managing staff, this program will introduce you to current best practices and help you excel at – and even enjoy! – your role as manager.

What will you learn?

We provide you with the right amount of theory and practice to apply the skills you learn to your unique situation. Here are just a few of the topics we cover:

  • Time management techniques 
  • Creating and running productive meetings
  • Communicating effectively with your team and organization
  • Setting expectations and delegating productively
  • Motivating and engaging your staff
  • Building and growing your team

Quick Links

It’s 6 months after our whole team began the Laridae training. So I wanted to share a compliment that I recently heard, at a regular 1:1 check in with a staff member:

“Things feel different around here, like a breath of fresh air. Whatever you all learned at that training I can tell you’ve bought in, you seem excited. I feel like things are starting to change for the better. And I talk more openly with all my colleagues and I trust that I can tell you anything and you’ll respond and support us.”

How to Participate

For Individuals: The Next Online Management Training Program Starts Winter 2021

We have brought our Management Training Program online, so that non-profit managers can continue to have the opportunity for professional development while we remain physically distant and help to flatten the curve. Enrollment is open until January 15, 2021.

For Organizations: Book Your Own Cohort

Single-Organization Training:Training together with peers from your own organization offers unique benefits. Connections between colleagues deepen over the course of the program; creating opportunities for practicing the tools together. The program is proven to strengthen collaboration and leadership skills across the organization.

Cross-Organizational Training: Cross Organizational Training is ideal for organizations that are looking to provide a broader management exposure to their employees than just the perspective of their organization. Participants in these sessions are at similar stages in their careers, but come from similar-sized organizations from various sectors. This allows participants to speak frankly during the lessons and enriches the learning experience as participants realize that, despite the differences in their sectors, many of the challenges they face are universal.

If you are interested in booking a cohort for your managers or a collaborative cohort with your community partners with 10 or more participants, contact us.

Program Overview

Who You Are

Laridae’s management training program is designed specifically for managers in the non-profit and public sectors and caters to people at all experience levels. This program is right for you if:

  • You are currently, or will be, managing people at a non-profit organization
  • You want to become more effective at managing staff
  • You have an open mind and are willing to try new things
  • You are eager to learn

What is the format?

As we all work toward flattening the curve of the COVD-19 pandemic, we at Laridae have taken our training programs online. We have designed engaging and collaborative delivery methods, with a curriculum that is practical and effective.

What will you receive?

  • Six “Classroom” Modules: Led by Laridae’s experienced consultants, six 3-hour classroom sessions cover the core components of effective management.
  • Three 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions: Our 1-on-1 Coaching offers you the opportunity to reflect and ask questions related to your specific context. Get personalized support from our experienced coaches to help you implement the tools and strategies you are learning.
  • Three Coffee House Group Sessions: Throughout the program, Laridae will lead facilitated online discussion sessions that enable you to get help with your unique challenges and graduate from the program with personal connections to fellow managers and leaders from across the province.
  • Tools and Guides: With the delivery of each module, we provide valuable takeaway material including case studies, guides, and tools that you can use to apply the learning in your workplace.
  • Certificate of Completion and access to future professional development opportunities.

What makes this program unique?

  • Built for Non-Profits: Each module is designed to address issues uniquely faced by non-profits.
  • Practical and Engaging: We go beyond just theory and the classroom by helping participants implement what they learn. During the 1-on-1 Coaching Sessions and Coffee House Group Sessions, participants learn how to overcome their specific management challenges so that the results stick.

What does this training program cost?

The cost is $2,995 + HST per participant, which includes 6 Interactive Training Modules (delivered live online, monthly), 3 Personalized Coaching Sessions, 3 Group Coffee House Sessions, Graduation Certificate, and copies of all program tools and materials for reference in the future. (Payment plans available.)

I learned something new from every module! The best part of the training were the professional facilitators who kept it light, humorous, interactive, and right on schedule, while acknowledging the need for breaks! Very well done!

The Six Training Modules

Module 1: “Introduction to Management”

This module introduces participants to the art and science of management and identifies the key skills that managers need to be successful.

Concepts covered: management vs leadership, models for managing, change matrix, prioritization scorecards, time management.

Module 2: “Effective Internal Communications”

This module will outline how managing effective internal communications can ensure core messages are not only shared but received. We will explore a manager’s role in communicating with their team, and across the organization.

Concepts covered: communications principles, models and methods for effective communications, tips & tools for message development and implementation.

Module 3: “Building the Right Team”

A “bad” hire can hurt an organization—from between 3-10x that employee’s salary in lost time, training and opportunity cost. This module focuses on how to effectively recruit and onboard staff.

Concepts covered: skills vs knowledge vs talent, interview best practices, external vs internal candidates, onboarding best practices.

Module 4: “Setting Expectations and Delegation”

Learn methods for setting clear expectations and why effective delegation is a core skill of high performing managers. With a focus on best practices for executing on goals, this module will help managers to lead staff toward greater independence and collaboration.

Concepts covered: best practices for setting expectations, goal setting, verbal upfront contracts, tools for effective delegation, collaboration processes.

Module 5: “Motivation & Engagement”

Studies show that morale in an employee declines sharply after their first six months and continues to deteriorate for years afterwards. This module teaches participants what they can do to prevent that decline and keep their employees engaged and motivated.

Concepts covered: AMP motivation model, capitalizing on strengths, managing around weaknesses, four tendencies, engagement factors.

Module 6: “Developing People”

Learn how to align your organization’s values with those of your staff. Develop your team in a way that allows your organization to have its greatest impact.

Concepts covered: Values, coaching and mentoring, effective relationships, career pathing, succession planning.

It was very relevant to our organization’s needs with practical tools I feel confident in implementing. It was also facilitated very well, professionalism and passion came throughout the training.

Meet Your Instructors

Laridae’s team of experienced consultants deliver the training. We have coached and supported leaders at all levels of the non-profit sector. See our bios below!

Ugette Vanderpost
Senior Associate & Training Lead

A gifted educator and speaker, Ugette brings to this role a wide range of leadership skills. For over twenty years she has been dedicated to guiding others as they engage in their own learning and professional development. Her experience includes organizational development, strategic problem solving, and transition planning. Her strengths are in facilitating conversations that build trust and commitment towards a common vision. As a head of school, facilitator, and coach Ugette has honed collaboration techniques that build effective relationships across diverse communities. In her role as Senior Associate and Training Lead at Laridae, she is committed to designing engaging learning opportunities for all clients. Ugette is currently completing her Master of Arts in Leadership through Royal Roads University. A lover of the great outdoors, Ugette also volunteers her time as a Varsity Rowing Coach for Trent University. She lives with her family in the Otonabee countryside, just outside of Peterborough, Ontario.

Valentina Kibedi

Community development and partnership building have been at the heart of Valentina’s career. With over ten years’ experience, Valentina has held progressively senior roles in the non-profit and media sectors—including four years at the YMCA of Greater Toronto. At Laridae, Valentina leads a range of strategy, facilitation, and planning projects, and provides training and coaching to non-profit professionals across Canada. With a passion for supporting mission-driven organizations and asking thought-provoking questions, Valentina supports Laridae’s clients to develop customized, actionable strategies.

Valentina holds a degree in Criminology from York University, has volunteered for a variety of community organizations in Peterborough and across the GTA, and currently serves as the treasurer of the Peterborough Independent Podcasters Association.

Danielle Rocheleau

As CEO, Danielle leads the Laridae team, driving the future growth of the company. The foundation of Danielle’s professional experience, career, and passion has been rooted in community development. An entrepreneurial, strategic thinker, Danielle deploys collaborative approaches to problem-solving. She leads some of Laridae’s highest profile strategic planning, governance, communications, and branding projects. Prior to consulting, she held executive roles with the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC) and Peterborough & Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED). Danielle has actively engaged in governance throughout her career as a volunteer Board member of non-profits. She is currently completing her Chartered Director (C.Dir.) program at McMaster University. Bilingual, Danielle is originally from Timmins.

Jonathan Bennett
Founder & Senior Associate

Jonathan provides sought-after strategic counsel to leaders, executive teams, and boards across Ontario. With experience in urban, rural, remote, and First Nations communities, Jonathan’s expertise is in strategic planning, governance, change management, and communications. He was Laridae’s CEO for its first eight years. Jonathan is now solely focused on leading client projects as one of the firm’s Senior Associates.

Before founding Laridae, he held leadership roles at a large regional hospital, as well as education and social services organizations. A widely published and award-winning writer, Jonathan is the author of seven books. An experienced director, Jonathan currently serves as the Chair of the Board of the Ontario Telemedicine Network (OTN). He obtained his Chartered