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

Standards-Based Management

Standards-Based Management(tm) (SBM) is a system that starts simply and can scale for any organization in the world.  It works because it gets everyone using the same, standard terms, tools and practices techniques of management.  Contact the Center to get help getting started.


First, click through The GMs Index and watch the 1-minute "How  to Use" video.  The Index is the global language of management.

The Basic Toolkit below gets everyone communicating and collaborating.  Click the thumbnails for samples and instructions to get started. You don't need to complete them perfectly to get everyone working together!

The Basic Toolkit

Meeting Planner

The 1/4-Page Meeting Planner lets you quickly bring smart questions and sharp focus to every meeting.  Used with The GMs Index, you'll develop the key habit of defining your terms and asking good questions.

Goal Tree

Just a rough draft of the 1-page Goal Tree will clarify priorities and purpose.  The Goal Tree is a tool for delegating with confidence.  Other tools in The GMs Toolkit can enrich  the Tree, but start by just setting the top three Performance Goals.

Projects Summary

Managers over-commit themselves.  The Projects Summary forces you to be realistic about what projects are essential.  Most important:  Be brutally honest about the total time commitment for each project.

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