Newsletter – October 21, 2020

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Create PAC (purpose, agency, connection) to get through election season!

Hi friends,

How are you feeling?

While there are many things that are out of our control in this frenzied election season, managers and leaders have the power to influence how our staff experience this moment. There’s a lot of fear, anxiety, and uncertainty in the air, and we can’t let it get in the way of showing up—not just for our staff, but also for BIPOC communities, Black and brown students and families, queer and trans people, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, poor and working-class people, and the planet. We owe it to ourselves, our teams, and our communities to manage towards resilience and results.

At TMC, we’re using PAC (see what we did there?) to get us through this election season:


In times of crisis, having something to work towards—a direction to go in—helps us stay focused, aligned, and in motion. (Re)establish purpose by connecting individual and collective actions to a goal or outcome.


When leaders support staff agency, they not only reduce harm by using a trauma-informed response—they also help to create conditions for their people to thrive.


To be resilient, we need relationships. Now, more than ever, managers and leaders need to cultivate authentic connections across our teams.

To read more about each of these (including possible action items), click below:

Read the full article

And in case you missed it, check out our 2020 Elections main page, featuring new resources like an add-on for your check-ins and a post-election day debrief guide.

Managing Through Election Season:
Community Conversation & Workshop

This moment is replete with leadership and management challenges (and opportunities!). Not only are you leading to carry out your mission and build your team in the time of COVID-19, you’re doing it less than a month out from a high-stakes national election.

Over these next two weeks, we’ll be hosting community conversations for leaders and managers looking for support on how to lead their teams through this election season. Led by Bex Ahuja, a Managing Partner at TMC, these sessions will be a conversation about how best to prepare for managing and leading your organization through the various scenarios that await us following the national election.

We’ll explore some of the annoyingly practical, but very real, questions you may be holding and share useful frameworks developed by TMC that can support your managers during this time.

Thursday, October 22 (tomorrow!)
4–5:15pm ET / 3–4:15pm CT / 2–3:15pm MT / 1–2:15pm PT

Tuesday, October 27
1–2:15pm ET / 12–1:15pm CT / 11–12:15pm MT / 10–11:15pm PT

Register for a community conversation here

Note: There will be live closed captioning for the Oct. 22 session, and we are working on securing it for Oct. 27. If you have other accessibility needs, please let us know by emailing

Managing Through Election Season:
TMC Community Slack Channel

We’ve created an #election-season channel in our TMC Community Slack to share questions, tools, ideas, and innovations on how to effectively manage through this election season.

To join the TMC Community Slack, please review our community norms and fill out this form to receive an invitation.

Once you accept our invite, you will automatically be added to the #election-season channel. If you are already a member of the TMC Community Slack, follow these instructions and join the new channel.

If you have questions or trouble getting set up, email

Just released: more training dates!

Give yourself something to look forward to in 2021 by signing up for some TMC goodness! Whether you’re looking for a training on project management, support with managing remotely during the pandemic, or an overview of the basics of people managing, we have something for you. Check out our newly released training dates for the first half of 2021.

Managing for Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Results

To meet popular demand, we’ve added one more MREIR training to our 2020 lineup! Don’t miss out.

This training is for people who’ve been through our Management Crash Course in the last few years, recognize that bias and privilege play out in the workplace, and are motivated to advance equitable outcomes within and outside of their organizations. Throughout this course, participants build on past trainings and learn key levers for managing with an equity and inclusion lens. We cover incorporating racial equity into your goals, creating and aligning with more inclusive expectations, mitigating bias in hiring and evaluation, and effectively giving and receiving feedback with a lens on power.

Managing for Racial Equity, Inclusion, and Results (December 2-Day Training)

  • Thursday, December 17 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM ET)
  • Friday, December 18 (10:00 AM-4:00 PM ET)

People of Color & Indigenous Cohorts

Managers and staff who are people of color and/or indigenous often face unique issues within their organizations while navigating the intersections of race, class, gender, and other identities. These cohorts create space to discuss and offer support around the challenges of being folks of color in progressive and social justice organizations, and to share practices that can help folks of color thrive. We still have space in one more cohort this year:

Managing to Change the World, 201 Edition: People of Color & Indigenous Cohort (3-Part Series)

  • Wednesday, December 9th (11:00-5:00 PM ET)
  • Thursday, December 10th (11:00-5:00 PM ET)

We also have TMC scholarships for our POCI Cohorts available upon request that can partially or fully cover the cost of the training if needed. You can request a scholarship by emailing our POCI Cohort Coordinator, Ebony, at

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