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One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.   Jack Kerouac


We are a community of managers who believe the principles of management are universal and that sharing standard terms, tools and practices is the only way to help people to work together.  

People love to work with others in the service of something bigger than themselves.  It's the most powerful motivating force a leader can tap.  We need members to share, develop and recognize ideas that help people work together.  Join us!

How to start

The best place to start is with our simplest tool to make your next meeting effective, efficient and enjoyable.

First, choose a management topic for an upcoming meeting. Let's say it's market research.

Next, take 5 minutes to click through The GMs Index, (and watch the 1-minute "How  to Use" video).  Look at term 2.1 Market research and read one or two of the Approved Resources.

Next, go the the top of The GMs Toolkit and download the free 1/4-Page Meeting Planner.

Now, follow the instructions and bring 3 great questions into your next meeting. For extra credit, ask your team to also go to the relevant terms in The Index and read the same Resources. Begin the meeting by asking:  Are we now all on the same page?


For over 20 years, the founders watched organizations make $1M mistakes because of misunderstandings about basic management terms and practices.  They saw the high human cost of this problem, and dedicated themselves to finding a global solution.

The Center for Management Terms & Practices is a US business launched in 2017 after ten years of development and a pilot with the Small Business Administration.  Its tools, terms and training have been tested with hundreds of executives and managers in every sector.



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CEO and Founder:  Derrick Van Mell. Derrick had been a management advisor for 25 years and worked with hundreds of leaders in all types and sizes of organizations. He has a BA in Economics, an MBA and an MA in English. He’s the author of dozens of published articles and two books, Buildings Matter and Question-Based Planning. He’s spoken throughout the US and in Europe and Asia.  Derrick’s passion is to bring simplicity and clarity to the world of work.

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Knowledge Manager:  Robert Van Mell.  Robert graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa in Economics from Tufts University and has Masters degrees in both Business (honors) and Computer Science from The University of Chicago. He has been a trader, risk manager and partner in an options trading house and an investment firm.  His methodology (Stop&Think) for quickly capturing, distilling and valuing knowledge is of critical value to Center members.


Code of Ethics

We never want someone to use the Center's ideas to do something hurtful or hateful. This is why the first term in The CMTP Index is 1.1 Ethics & the law:  please study and discuss its Definition, 3 Good Questions and Approved Resources.  Please read the Center’s Code of Ethics;  our terms of use commit members to this code, the violation of which can result in losing membership.

Review Board

A standard is best managed by experienced people working with thoughtful guidelines rather than an automated process. The Review Board sets policy for and carefully communicates changes to the terminology and resources in The GM's Index of Terms.  The Board listens to our members. Click here for the Board’s editorial and submittal guidelines.

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