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 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!
For over 20 years, the founders watched organizations make $1M mistakes because of basic misunderstandings about management terms and practices, and they saw the high human cost.
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 managers in every sector.
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.
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.
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.
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.