How to Engage Management in Your Instructional Designs

October 6, 2021
4 minutes
Amy Kay Czechowicz joined IDIODC.

Learning is often seen as a solo endeavor. But in reality, our learning requires input from others.  Sometimes that input comes from an instructor, and sometimes from your peers. However, input and engagement from management during training sessions, and as part of the overall learning process, is often overlooked, or viewed as not necessary.

Managers want their employees trained but are often under a lot of pressure to "get them back to work".  Their business objectives will always take priority over the training objectives.  By integrating managers into the learning deployment, they become involved in the process, understand the learning strategy, and can become strong advocates of your training solutions instead of being barriers.

In this episode, Amy Kay Czechowicz shared her knowledge and experiences engaging managers in the process of training their staff. We also discussed the value created for the learner, the manager, and the business.  

And you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll learn about dairy farming, data analytics and management.  

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About Amy Kay Czechowicz

Amy Kay grew up throwing hay bales and milking cows on her parents' dairy farm in her rural hometown of Thorp, Wisconsin. It is where she learned her love of efficiency and finding a better way to get more from our resources. Also being a fan of learning how humans think and the wide variety of how we live, she studied anthropology at the University of Minnesota and moved to Utah for a time for graduate studies in archaeology. In 2010, she moved back to Minnesota and immersed herself in the field of higher education and began to gain insight on adult learning and workforce development.  

From 2010-2017, she gained skills and familiarity with adult learning theory, and continuous improvement. She began participating in six sigma projects, leveraging her critical thinking and data analysis skills gained from her graduate studies. She began leading teams in process improvement and developing instructional programs to assist leadership in understanding quality assurance expectations of their reporting agencies. In 2017, Amy Kay decided to employ her skills for public good and took a position at Hennepin County where she works to make government more efficient, effective, and inclusive. In Spring 2020, she capitalized on the tuition reimbursement program offered by her employer and began working towards her MBA at Minnesota State University - Mankato.

Amy Kay's life mission is to help others live a life of comfort and ease and she does that through her work in promoting continuous improvement and as a registered yoga instructor. She has two side-gigs- her yoga teaching and a business consultancy. She feels most alive when working towards a purpose and being creative. She is a poet, an outdoor enthusiast, a newbie motorcyclist with mild adrenaline tendencies, and a life-long learner. She lives with her spouse and cat in Burnsville.


Instructional Designers in Offices Drinking Coffee (affectionately known as IDIODC) is a weekly live videocast and podcast that helps instructional designers with pain points and provides best practices and industry insight.  

Every Wednesday morning at 10am ET hosts Brent Schlenker and Chris Van Wingerden guide us through an upbeat and candid conversation with their guests from the elearning and training world. The live cast session encourages peers to participate in the chat and share their own personal insight! After airing live, you can catch the learning podcast on all major streams such as Spotify, Apple and Google Play podcasts, as well as on YouTube.

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