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

Mission

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

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.  But how can people work together if they're not speaking the same language or using the same tools?

We need members to share, develop and recognize ideas that help people work together.  Join us!

Origin

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

The Center for Management Terms & Practices is a US business and 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.

 

Team

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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 some 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.

Be part of our future!

The Center has so many things it can do.  Ideas being considered are:

  • Create a foundation to support micro-loan borrowers
  • Organize mentoring programs for disadvantaged businesses
  • Host international events to foster cross-border collaborations
  • Become a B-certified Corporation

If you have ideas for the Center's future, please join and engage in our forums.  The Center is for you!  Join us!

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