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Great! You just got promoted. All of a sudden, you’re a supervisor. What do you do now?

Did you know that 80% of newly promoted managers fail within their first eighteen months in a new position? Be smart and develop your leadership potential from the start of your career!

Newly promoted ‘sudden’ supervisors are rarely equipped to successfully motivate and manage the productivity of subordinates and teams. In the early years of being a manager, too many people make rookie mistakes that costs companies money, wastes time, and causes low morale, decreased job satisfaction, and turnover.

Sudden Supervisor is a unique program that meets the specific challenges and developmental needs of managers beginning their experiences with leading people and teams.

BKD Leaders prepares lesser experienced managers to become effective leaders by delivering principles of managing, motivating, and increasing the productivity of subordinates and teams.

Watch Dr. Bryan Deptula interview about his early years developing into a leader.


As a result of attending the Sudden Supervisor workshop, you will learn the foundations of managing through the Being. Knowing. Doing. model.

BEING: Bring out the leader from within by guiding individuals through a process of self-discovery and self- enhancement that creates meaningful and lasting self- improvement in both personal and professional roles.

Being Outcomes:
• Improve self-awareness of one’s unique strengths as a supervisor
• Discover how your expectations align with what motivates you
• Enhance your true value to the organization
• Understand how your contribution affects the organization’s clients

KNOWING: Teach individuals to embrace supervisory challenges as opportunities by learning what to think, and how to respond, with powerful best practice management.

Knowing Outcomes:
• Identify and remove barriers to productivity
• Values based time and priorities management
• Feed-front: Increase feedback seeking behaviors and dialogue
• Decision making strategies

DOING: Provide participants with practical exercises and cues to implement and apply newly acquired leadership skills and competencies in their work roles.

Doing Outcomes:
• Set precise and challenging goals that motivate subordinates
• Give confidence and empower team members
• Evaluate subordinates’ performance objectively
• Communication Essentials: Learning how to communicate with subordinates


Expect result. Get ROI for investing in training yourself and your future leaders. Using what you and they learned at BKD Leaders Sudden Supervisor workshop, you will return to work to manage more effectively, to get work done with and through people, and stop making rookie mistakes.

As a result of having participant attend this workshop companies should expect ROI* of:
– Reduced Turnover
– Increased effectiveness and teamwork
– Improved relationships and communication among supervisors and direct reports
– Higher levels of collaboration and coordination

Who Benefits Most? Sudden Supervisor delivers maximum benefit for:

  • Newly promoted and first time managers and supervisors
  • Entry to mid-level managers
  • Personnel working in organizations with limited opportunities to participate in training and development



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