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We are a learning community of leader/managers

We are a leadership development organization. In our Workgroups, CEO Intensives and training cohorts, our members apply the standard terms, tools and practices to make breakthrough decisions.  People simply can't collaborate until they use the same language and tools.


Our association members help each other tackle real problems throughout their careers.  Their contributions are recognized in our Best Practices and Management as a Calling blogs.  These lessons stick.


We are the standards body for general management: see The GMs Index of Terms and The GMs Toolkit.  Standards-Based Management (SBM) fosters inclusion, transparency and consistency.


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

Our mission: help others achieve great things together

"Using the Center's GM Index and Toolkit broke our cycle of redundant meetings and reinvention.  It let me 'reward' people with team projects that really make a difference.  Our Gross Margin is substantially better." - Ed Purcell, President, Vertical Greenwalls

Collaborate effectively

Our Milwaukee Model of Leader Development clearly defines the leader/manager's job. It identifies what they must know to collaborate in core decisions and advance their careers.  It includes a self-assessment.

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 big issues.

Start easily

We're happy to answer your questions!

Make meetings work

Conscientious leader/managers know the importance of starting every meeting by agreeing on terms 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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