Management and leadership

Resources to be a better manager and leader.

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Extreme Ownership | Jocko Willink | TEDxUniversityofNevada

In this riveting talk, Jocko Willink explains from personal experience how war teaches you the most when things go wrong. Jocko asserts that when a team takes ownership of its problems, the problems get solved.

Tedx Talks

Running a Family and a Business

Listen the experience of Diana Lovett, the founder of a socially responsible chocolate company called Cissé Cocoa, on how to balance entrepreneurship and parenthood.

StartUp Podcast

Queering Leadership

The talk was originally given by Zena Sharman at Q-Med: Building LGBTQI+ Leaders in Health Care, a conference held at the Yale School of Medicine in March 2019.

Zena Sharman

Supervision Check-Ins

This document offers a template for doing weekly supervisory check-ins with staff members.


How to Help (Without Micromanaging)

Extensive research shows that when employees get hands-on managerial support, they perform better than when they’re left to their own devices, but unnecessary or unwanted help can be demoralizing and counterproductive. So how do you intervene constructively?

Harvard Business Review

The Management Center Trainings

Training for new nonprofit managers, seasoned professionals, and everyone in between; helping leaders working for social change build and run more effective organizations.

The Management Center

Where Does it Hurt? Health and Disharmony in Organizational Ecosystems

Here Ora Grodsky presents a framework for viewing organizational challenges and opportunities within the context of the four layers of organizational ecosystems. All of the layers are living subsystems within the ecosystem. And all living systems require tending over time to maintain or restore health. This framework can be used to understand how the different layers influence each other and the ecosystem as a whole, and to identify and design appropriate interventions to foster, create, or restore organizational harmony.

Ora Grodsky


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