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The Three Dimensions of Effective Management

In this article, we offer a new definition for effective management—one rooted in equity, sustainability, and results.

The Four Elements of Strong Relationships: The Manager’s Guide to Relationship-Building

We believe that relationship-building is a core competency for effective management (equitable, sustainable, and results-driven). This guide is for managers looking to build (more) supportive and functional relationships with their staff.

Modes of Decision-Making

Being transparent about how decisions will get made often gets better outcomes with more engaged participants. Here's one potential decision-making framework to share within teams.

Decision-Making with Pros, Cons, and Mitigations

Engage your team in tough decision-making using this simple table.

Using Fair Process to Make Better Decisions

The purpose of fair process is to create space for authentic, equitable, and inclusive engagement and build clarity about decisions, resulting in stronger relationships, engagement, outcomes, and implementation.

Fair Process Examples

Check out these examples of fair process, a decision-making approach that gives those most impacted by a decision the opportunity to help shape it.

Making Compensation More Equitable

How you approach compensation tells current and potential employees who you are and what you value. Here are six anchors you can use as you develop a more equitable, transparent approach to salary and benefits.

Exit Interview Tips (and a Template!)

Exit interviews with a departing employee can be a valuable source of information about what’s working well and what could be improved. Use our tips and template to get started.

Managing Through Uncertainty: What to Communicate to Your Team

In a crisis, a big part of every leader’s job is to provide a container for staff—that is, to make sense of what’s happening. Effective communication can promote the stability, continuity, and sense of purpose that helps people cope during tough times.

Communication Planning Worksheet

In a crisis, a big part of every leader’s job is to provide a container for staff and make sense of what’s happening. Use this worksheet to plan out 5 key components for communicating to your team during tough times.

How to Actually Reprioritize

Whether you’re a staff member, project leader, or director, one of the most important skills you may need in the current terrain is the art of saying “no” (to some things) so you can make room for others. In other words: how to reprioritize.

The 60-Minute Backup Plan

When it comes to uncertainty, one step every staff member can take is to create a plan for who will take over key responsibilities if one or more of our team members is out. These tips can help you figure out the most important responsibilities that need to be covered, who could do them if the current owner is out, and what that person needs to do now to prepare. You can make huge progress in as little as 60 minutes.

Backup Planning Tool

When it comes to handling unknowns at work, one concrete step every team member can take is to create a backup plan for who will take over key responsibilities if one or more team members is out. Use our template to start.

Managing Through Uncertainty: How to Scenario Plan

Scenario planning now helps you prepare for the future so you can seize possibilities or develop contingency plans. Learn the basics of scenario planning, then get started with our easy-to-use tool.

The 5-Box Scenario Planning Tool (and Sample)

Whether you are managing through uncertainty and change, or anticipating strategic forks in the road, our 5-Box Scenario Planning Tool can help you gather the information you need, think through scenarios, and outline possible action plans.

How to Spend Your Time as a New Manager

Becoming a manager does require a shift in how you spend your time alongside more attention to delegation. As a manager you still execute plenty of tasks—just not the same ones you used to.

How to Manage Someone More Experienced Than You

If you practice effective management well, differences in tenure, age, or expertise won’t matter as much as you think. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Frequently Asked Questions for Newly Promoted Managers

How do I manage my former peers? How do I manage when things are uncertain? Here are some of the most common questions we hear from newly promoted managers.

5 Things Managers Can Do to Get Election-Ready

Check out these tips for managers and leaders to get their teams through election season (even if your work isn't directly related to electoral work, politics, or organizing).

Sample Pre-Election Email to Staff

Not sure what to say to your team in the days leading up to Election Day? One of our clients kindly shared an email she sent to all staff as a sample.

Sample Auto Response Email: Slowing Down and Prioritizing Care

Looking for more space to slow down and prioritize care amidst moments of crisis? Check out this sample auto response email that one of our clients kindly shared with us.

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