Isn’t it time for
managers like you
to get the training and support you need to be
great from the start?
You’ve been promoted to a manager position — or you hope to be soon. Congrats!
But now what?
But managing people requires a completely different set of skills that you probably never learned in school or on the job.
That’s why we hear a lot of the same questions from new managers. Questions like:
- How do I motivate my team to achieve our shared goals?
- How do I manage former colleagues or people who are older than me?
- How do I lead people who have very different personalities or working styles?
- How do I help the people on my team grow?
- What do I do when someone on my team makes a mistake?
- What do I do when I’m the one who made a mistake that affected my team?
- How do I get my own job done while managing my team’s work?
- What does my boss want from me in this new role?
Most organizations don't provide any training or support for new managers...
And who wants to wait 10 years to feel good at their job?
The trouble is, that kind of DIY approach leaves a lot of room for frustration and mistakes.
After all, you need to figure out your leadership style, not someone else’s. And your team deserves better than trial and error.
Managers are essential for keeping projects moving, keeping people motivated, and keeping leaders in the loop — all things that help organizations achieve their ambitious missions.
So why isn’t anyone prioritizing managers’ development?
Isn't it time for managers like you
to get the training and support you need to be great from the start?
Foundations of Management
The training program for new and aspiring managers
who want to learn how to lead nonprofit teams that get results
This course is laser-focused on concrete, actionable material that will help you become a confident, competent manager.
We’re not going to tell you how to lead. Instead, you’re going to read, discuss, collaborate, practice, and experience leadership for yourself. That’s how you truly learn how to be a great manager in a way that sticks with you for the rest of your career.
No abstract, theoretical readings
No long, droning lectures
No unrealistic, step-by-step “do this, do that” that doesn’t fit your organization or role
No busy work that feels like a waste of time
No leaving you to figure out the takeaways or application on your own
5 weekly virtual sessions on the foundational skills of what it means to be a great manager
Short, concrete presentations that you can apply as soon as you walk into the office the next day
Relevant, practical articles written by researchers and leadership experts that help you understand the concepts
Group discussions that help you unpack the key content and figure out how it applies to real workplaces and teams
Hands-on practice using case studies and role plays to help you figure out how you’ll apply the course material to your work
Ongoing dialogue about how things are going in your new role and how to navigate any challenges
Access to a group of like-minded peers who are learning right alongside you
An expert, empathetic coach who guides you through the course material, helps you figure out how to apply the concepts to your own situation, and challenges your thinking when needed
After 5 weeks, you'll be ready to lead a team to get results
You’ll feel consistent in how you communicate and work with your team.
You’ll feel more committed than ever to being a great manager, even as you continue learning and growing.
And — perhaps most importantly — you’ll feel confident in your ability to lead others.
It’s time you invested in yourself — and your team
Need all the details before you commit?
Here’s the course schedule:
- TBD — email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire when the next cohort begins
We encourage you to attend the sessions live, but you’ll also have access to recordings in case work or life gets in the way at any point.
And here’s the syllabus:
- Session 1: Setting Vision and Direction: We’ll explore the foundational leadership skill of setting an empowering, inspiring vision of success and developing the road map to get there.
- Session 2: Communication & Setting Clear Expectations: Now that you have a vision and direction, we’ll dig into the key mindsets and skills necessary to effectively communicate them in order to drive team members to take meaningful action. We’ll also explore how clear expectations and communication lay the foundation of a strong team culture and an effective, high-functioning team.
- Session 3: Building Trusting Relationships: The initial stages of relationships are built on a strong foundation of clear expectations and productive communication. But maintaining those relationships is built on trust. We’ll dig into the science of trust, including how to be more trustworthy and how to leverage the superhuman skill of empathy.
- Session 4. Project Management: Work gets done to a higher level of quality when people know where they are going and what is expected of them. Building upon the first 3 sessions, we’ll dive into the nuts and bolts of keeping everybody moving in the right direction to ensure that you and your team are able to create high-quality deliverables that you all can be proud of.
- Session 5. Feedback & Developing Others: Now that you’ve got a team that trusts you and a clear plan to follow, what happens when somebody makes a mistake? Mistakes are a beautiful thing. In this final session, we’ll explore both the mindsets and the skills around delivering effective feedback.
Haven’t you already waited long enough to feel good at your job?
Don’t wait any longer
Meet your coach
So trust me, I understand where you are right now and what you’re feeling. I know how badly you want to turn things around, and I know that it’s absolutely possible to do so.
Thankfully, nine months later, we were a high-functioning team, meeting and exceeding nearly any goal we set. We had a shared purpose. We trusted each other. We knew our responsibilities and when to ask for help. We provided feedback openly and honestly. We learned together and grew together.”
Today, DJ is an experienced, IHI-trained performance improvement coach who specializes in coaching to support new and aspiring managers, career transitions, developing project and program management skills, planning and executing change management, and building social and emotional learning (SEL) competencies.
As a TalentED Advisors coach, he coaches all kinds of education and nonprofit professionals just like you. In previous roles, he coached school and network leaders, teacher coaches, and teachers.
DJ lived the pain of being the manager of a failing team, and he turned everything around. Let him help you do the same.
“I felt inspired and uplifted”
By this point, you're probably wondering just how much this course costs...
But we want to make sure this course is affordable enough for all new and aspiring managers.
So Foundations of Management costs just $375 total.
That’s just $1.50 per work day for a year. Less than your daily coffee — and wildly more valuable because it’ll set you up for success in the rest of your career.
There are only 10 spots in the course. Once they’re gone, you’ll have to wait several months to enroll in the next cohort. So enroll today!
Right now, you have two options...
Or you can join Foundations of Management and get a strong foundation in leadership that will help you feel competent and confident, practice the right mindsets and skills, build a professional network of other nonprofit professionals who are at the same point in their careers, and work with an expert coach who has been exactly where you are.
Isn't it time you got the training and support you need to be a great manager?
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
You should plan to devote approximately 2 hours per week. That’s 1 hour for each session and up to 1 hour of prep work per session. We know you’re working full-time, so our goal is to ensure that any time you spend on this course is more than worthwhile.
What if I need to miss a session?
No problem. You’ll be able to send any questions to DJ in advance. And you’ll also be able to watch the session recording on your own schedule.
After the course is done, will I be able to access all the resources that were shared?
Of course. We’ll give you access to a Google Drive folder so you can access all the session recordings, articles, exercises, presentations, and anything else used in the course.
What happens if I want to continue this work once the course ends?
After you’ve mastered the foundations in this course, we recommend moving onto 1:1 coaching so we can tailor our support to exactly what you need. If you’d like to hear more about this option, let us know by sending an email to email@example.com.
I really like the course. Can a colleague or friend join after the course has started?
Unfortunately, no. It’s important that everyone goes through all the material in order and gets the full benefit of the group conversations, so all participants need to start from the beginning of the course. However, we plan to open the course up to new registrants every 2 to 3 months, and we’d love to invite your colleague or friend to join us in the next cohort. If you send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your colleague or friend’s name and email address, we’ll send a personal invitation to the next cohort.
I think my colleagues need this training too. Can you train them?
Absolutely, we’d love to figure out how we can support your colleagues. Email us at email@example.com, and let us know how we can help.
I’ve got another question. Can you help? Great! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.