The Management Center
We want to see more social change in this country, and we know that producing it is hard. Disparities in money and power mean that social justice advocates need to fight not just as effectively as their opponents, but more effectively. That’s where The Management Center comes in: we help social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations, so that they can get better results.
As the go-to resource on effective management for social change organizations, we’ve worked with more than 100 of the most influential progressive groups in the country and trained thousands of individual managers on the practices that help high-performing organizations deliver lasting results over time.
We offer both intensive hands-on coaching services for executive directors and their senior leadership teams, as well as a series of management training courses that supply practical advice and tools that managers can put to work immediately.
Since 2006, The Management Center has:
- Shaped the management practices of more than 10,000 individual leaders through our training program
- Helped more than 350 organizations get better results through stronger management
- Distributed more than 25,000 copies of our book Managing to Change the World
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Managing to Change the World
The Management Center, who helps social justice leaders learn how to build and run more effective organizations, will run their 2-day Managing to Change the World Crash Course for Kresge grantees. In this fast-paced course, participants will learn a system of management best-practices that differentiate high performing organizations. Training topics range from effective delegation and aligning on broad responsibilities and goals, to hiring and developing a high performing team, managing your time as a manager and managing up, all while bringing an equity and inclusion lens to your management.
Grantee Readiness Markers
- Participants should be in a role where they supervise others directly and come ready to work on current management scenarios (i.e., projects to delegate, goals to set, feedback to give, upcoming hiring, etc.)
- Our training will incorporate a racial equity and inclusion lens but is not designed as a replacement for foundational training on racial equity. Given the tight connections between power, equity and inclusion issues, and management, we recommend that anyone interested in our training comes in with a foundational understanding of core racial justice, equity and inclusion concepts.
Grantee Participation Requirements
- This training is designed for leaders currently supervising staff, including leaders with a range of tenures as managers, ranging from new managers looking to develop new skills, to experienced managers looking to refresh on, or learn new tools to build on the skills they’ve cultivated over the years.
- Participants of this training should be prepared to be fully present in training from approximately 9am-5pm for each of the 2 consecutive days of training. Though we will have breaks, their exact timing during the day is not guaranteed, so we request that participants do not schedule meetings during the hours of the training.
- The training will consist of workbook practice, partner and group discussions, role play and team problem-solving. Participants will get the most out of the training if they bring their real-world situations and challenges to practice and discussion.
Service Dates and Locations
- We will offer one training on the east coast (in D.C. or New York) in fall 2019, and a second training on the west coast (in Los Angeles or San Francisco Bay Area) in Winter 2019/2020. If we offer a third training, it will be in spring 2020, likely on the east coast.
- Once grantees have been matched with services, TMC will work in consultation with Community Wealth Partners and matched grantees to finalize exact training dates and locations, keeping in mind availability of our trainers, dates of other provider trainings, and preferences of interested grantees.