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Standards-Based Management: A system for communication and collaboration

All our work is built on the The GMs Index, the standard terms, tools and practices of management.  You can't communicate and collaborate until everyone speaks the same language and uses the same tools.  We train and coach managers in three unique ways:


Collaboration takes everyone speaking the same language.  We are the global standards body for management terms, tools and practices.  Members use The GMs Index and The GMs Toolkit to get everyone on the same page.

Certificate, not MBA

Our Certificate of General Management is 15% the cost and 25% the time of an MBA. Small cohorts learn to work cross-functionally by developing and executing practical solutions to real problems.  See also Training.

Career Communities

Our members tackle real problems in facilitated Workgroups and CEO Intensives.  Their contributions are recognized in our Best Practices blog.  Our community helps each other as their careers evolve.

Our mission: Help people achieve great things together.

"I'd used the Center's Index and Toolkit for planning, so I looked forward to their CEO Roundtable Intensives. I've rarely seen 20 executives as engaged. The Center has taught me the value of asking great questions." - Ed Purcell, President, Vertical Greenwalls

Delegate confidently

Using the same terms and tools lets cross-functional teams perform and report on their best work.  CEOs know projects will be on time, in budget and provide the promised return.  Executives are freed to focus on the biggest issues.

Be an influencer

Our Milwaukee Model of Manager Development clearly defines the manager's job and includes a self-assessment.  It identifies what managers need to know to participate in core decisions and get ready for promotion.

How to Start

We're happy to answer your questions!

Make meetings work

Any dedicated manager knows the importance of starting every meeting by agreeing on terminology and asking good questions.  The video (1:05) summarizes this breakthrough in clarity.

Get measurable results

Listen to five Center members tell how they measurably--and substantially--improved sales, productivity, quality, customer satisfaction and retention. (Lubar podcast series)

Offer careers with a cause

Being a good manager is hard.  It takes practical skills, compassion and quiet strength.  But the rewards are great:  helping people feel included, respected and proud.  Who wouldn't want to work at a company with bosses like that?

Organizations that have used The Index and The Toolkit:

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