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October 14, 2016 Bi-monthly Meeting: "Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders"

  • Friday, October 14, 2016
  • 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
  • Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, 7531 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809


  • 1st time guests attend their first meeting for free to "try us on for size." If you are a former member or a guest who has attended before, please register as a returning guest.
  • Returning guests and former members who have visited us before will pay $35.00 for the meeting.

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Be the Boss Everyone Wants to Work For: A Guide for New Leaders

Think about when you first became a manager in your organization. What was it like?

One of the hardest transitions in any leader’s career is the one from a high-potential individual contributor to his or her first formal leadership position. Many of them are frontline managers at entry- or first-levels of management and they are the next generation of leaders, the pipeline for the top leadership positions of organizations. Clearly, developing and supporting first-time managers is an organizational imperative. And you may think that organizations provide the help and support first-time managers need in making that shift. 

Think again. 

Not enough time, effort, resources, and support is given to first-time managers. In fact, a recent CareerBuilder survey showed that almost 60% of first-time managers receive no training when they become managers for the first time. 

In this session, Bill will share insights from his own research at the Center for Creative Leadership on first-time managers which will help set a foundation for the success of any first-time manager and strengthen any organization’s pipeline of leaders. 


  • Why first-time managers are so important to building a pipeline of leaders in organizations and why they need more help, support, and development.
  • Based on research, the six important aspects first-time managers must flip to be effective.
  • Practical, actionable tips and advice to help, support, and develop first-time managers.
  • What you can do to help first-time managers who are first-level, frontline supervisors and leaders.

 ** This workshop is APPROVED for SHRM Re-certification Credits through our partner - UCF Continuing Education -- who makes this re-certification for credit hours possible.

Speaker Bio: 

William A. (Bill) Gentry Ph.D. is currently the Director of Leadership Insights and Analytics and a Senior Research Scientist at the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). He is also an adjunct assistant professor in the Psychology department at Guilford College and an associate member of the graduate faculty in the Organizational Sciences doctoral program at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. Bill has also taught in the Leadership Studies doctoral program at North Carolina A&T State University and in the Business School at Wake Forest University. In 2013, Bill was Elon University’s “Isabella Cannon Leadership Visiting Scholar” providing lectures and talks about leadership to classes and campus groups. Bill graduated summa cum laude from Emory University in 2000 and received his M.S. in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2005 in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Georgia. Before joining to CCL, Bill was an organizational effectiveness specialist at United Parcel Service. 

In applying his research into practice, Bill’s current focus is on helping leaders who are managing for the first time in their lives. Bill has more than 70 academic presentations and has published more than 40 articles in such journals as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Personnel Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, The Leadership Quarterly, Journal of Leadership Studies, and the European Journal of Work and Organizational Psychology. He serves on the editorial review boards of the Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Organizational Behavior and The Leadership Quarterly. Bill has been a contributor to more than 50 internet and newspaper outlets as well.  Aside from his research, Bill also trains CCL’s Assessment Certification Workshop and Maximizing your Leadership Potential programs. 

In September 2016, Bill’s first book on first-time managers will be published by Berrett-Koehler Publishers.


8:30 - 9:00 -- Continental Breakfast

9:00-- 12:30   Program

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