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


We are a community of capable and caring managers.  We believe the only way to engage employees is to give them meaningful work in a supportive and friendly environment.  People love to work with others in the service of something bigger than themselves.  It's the most powerful motivator.

Our mission is to give our members the community, terminology, tools and coaching to be the kind of boss everyone wants!  We need members to share, develop and recognize ideas that help people work together.  Join us!


We want you to be happy.  The founder had terrible bosses at the start of his career, which formed a calling to help others be happy at work. You should feel as you walk up to your workplace, "I'm looking forward to my work and working with these people!"

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 used by 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.

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.

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 foster meaningful collaboration in 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.

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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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