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Training & Coaching: Think like a CEO

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest. - Benjamin Franklin 

Our training emphasizes hands-on learning and peer interaction, not theory or soft skills.  Applying our standards simplify a) cross-functional decisions, b) strategic planning and c) overseeing multiple projects.  Our training sticksCenter membership provides career support in our Workgroups, events and roundtables. The GMs Index is a framework for life-long learning.  

What do you need to know to run an organization?  Our Milwaukee Model of Manager Development answers this question on a page.  It ensures our training doesn't waste a minute on unnecessary theory.

In 2020, we're providing several programs in collaboration with the Executive Education program of the University of Wisconsin's Lubar School of Business.

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Public training

We run public training sessions on management decisions, applying tools from The GM's Toolkit.  The peer activities are the key to deep learning.  See Events for our introductory and interactive workshops, including Think Like a CEO.  Contact us if you don't see what you need.

Private training

Different sectors have different needs, so we often start with a tailored "brown bag” presentation or hands-on workshops.  In 2020, we're launching our customizable certificate in general management, an affordable alternative to an MBA.  Curriculum.


As a franchisor or OEM, success is 100% correlated to how well your franchises or dealers are managed. We run interactive conference workshops to share the Center’s standards and tools, so they can share ideas and raise each other's game!

Confidential coaching

Experienced "high potential" managers might have serious P&L responsibilities for a department, division, region or branch.  They now need to work cross-functionally, making connections inside and outside their organization, and dealing with sensitive issues.  Our trainers can work with them to fit their personality and schedule.

Succession planning

We help both publicly-held and family businesses (term 1.4.3) prepare for succession.  This often take more than management training:  it can require an operational self-assessment, developing a strategic plan and  conducting a risk assessment.  The Center's training and tools empowers leaders to shape the future.

Strategic planning

The best way for a chief executive to focus everyone's energy and is to create a strategic plan (see our training model) in the same, standard language.  Our planning toolset produces a 1-page "Goal Tree," and the five-meeting process lets the senior executive see which manager can see the big picture.

"The case-based “Connect the Dots” got my management team asking questions at a high level and helped them collaborate comfortably across departmental lines. It introduced them to The GM's Index as a powerful, yet easy to use utility. As CEO, I could spot talent for big-picture thinking." – Bryon Johnson, CEO, Madison Cutting Die, Inc.

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