Standards-Based Management

Be a better boss

Following management’s ethical and technical standards builds a culture of trust and collaboration – and lets executives delegate with confidence.

CEOs trust them, and employees love working for them

Great managers lead innovative teams and successful projects. They run lively and effective meetings, and they clearly communicate direction and priorities.  They’re the bosses everybody wants to work for – and who build a reputation for their organization as a great place to work.

But being a great manager requires command of the triangle of standards.

A Simple, Scalable System

Standards-Based Management is detailed in our book, Atoms & Orchestras. Like musical notation, it gets any size group onto the same page. Simple language and clear standards relieve the miscommunication and friction that’s too common at work. The Toolkit shows how to apply the standards to your organization.

A Manager Development Community

The Center for Management Terms & Practices is the standards body for general management, launched in 2017 after a pilot with the Small Business Administration. We are a community of generalists—managers who work cross-functionally—from organizations of all sectors and sizes.

The Standards Triangle

Organizations That Have Used Standards-Based Management:

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