The High Impact Manager and Be a Nonprofit CEO

Live Virtual Cohorts

Effective managers are critical to the success of an organization. Effective managers lead successful teams, and successful teams make strong organizations.


The High Impact Manager is designed to help managers effectively manage up, down, out, and across an organization to drive results. This 8-week live virtual course is practical and applied. It focuses only on the skills and tools needed to be a high impact manager—and skills and tools that can be immediately applied to their teams.


For those looking to take a step further, we offer additional Be a Nonprofit CEO advanced learning modules that develop the skills, mindset, and confidence needed to succeed as a nonprofit executive. The advanced learning modules are for people who aspire to or currently hold a nonprofit executive position or are looking to transition to the nonprofit sector. These people already have significant skills, experience, and interest and are looking to get to the next level.


The High Impact Manager and Be a Nonprofit CEO are based on proven content developed over our 25 years of helping organizations and their staff be more effective and efficient.


Our small cohorts allow participants to build strong connections with peers and mentors and allows us to customize content to meet unique needs and interests. Cohorts meet live via our online learning platform, so participants can join from anywhere.


Learning Objectives

High Impact Manager participants will be able to:

  • Build and manage effective teams and address common staff challenges
  • Convert organizational goals and priorities into actionable steps
  • Manage programs, teams, and resources for maximum impact and efficiency


Be a Nonprofit CEO participants will be able to:

  • Bring the right skills – the work, the people, the resources – to the table
  • Succeed as a nonprofit executive without getting burnt out
  • Design aspects of the traditional executive role that just don’t work anymore


Training includes the following topics. Topics in green denote the Be a Nonprofit CEO advanced learning modules.

New Course Dates!

High Impact Manager

Wednesdays, Starting April 1, 2020 11:30am – 12pm MT

Be a Nonprofit CEO

Wednesdays, Starting May 27, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT

“I’ve taken a variety of leadership courses, but without a doubt The High Impact Manager is the best investment of time and money! You walk away with practical tools to put into practice immediately. Instructors customize content so you apply what you are learning to a specific issue you are facing. The small cohort means you are learning so much from peers across the country and forming an invaluable network of support and feedback.”


“It was a great course. It helped me see clearly what I need to do and where I need to put my energy. I came away with direction and a goal and I feel really good about it. I also feel part of a community of my peers that you don’t get from a one-day training. It’s nice to know my fellow cohort members will keep in contact after the course.”




Learning Objectives


The High Impact Manager and the Organization

Meeting the Matrix

  • Understand the scope and scale of the nonprofit sector
  • Understand the organization as a system
  • Differentiate between management and leadership practices at each level
  • Understand the role of manager and its potential for impact
  • Define the impact you want to have as a manager within your organization

Finding Your Focus*

  • Discern what is imperative (for the organization, your team, and yourself) and what to take off your plate
  • Identify your circle of control and ways to grow your circle of influence
  • Become a more strategic thinker

Managing the Matrix

  • Map how your and your team’s efforts interact with the organizational system
  • Diagnose the root cause of recurring obstacles
  • Identify points of leverage and align capacity to support success


The High Impact Manager in Action

Working with Others

  • Define your team and your role as leader and manager in that context
  • Understand the core principles and skills that guide high impact managers
  • Assess your strengths, explore how they relate to your responsibilities, and the power of complementary strengths

Managing Staff*

  • Address common supervisory challenges using performance management
  • Learn to diagnose what your team needs and build a high-performing team
  • Apply a situational leadership approach as a supervisor and peer
  • Understand your default conflict resolution style and other styles and tools to help manage conflict and have challenging conversations

Building Relationships*

  • Adopt a constituent-centered approach
  • Use goals to define needed partners (inside and outside of your organization)
  • Build and maintain productive, effective, collegial relationships
  • Understand decision-making processes in an inclusive environment

Getting the Job Done*

  • Convert goals and priorities into actionable steps
  • Define roles, responsibilities, and clear expectations within the context of organizational goals and focus
  • Organize and actively manage action to achieve goals
  • Differentiate between managing projects, programs, and operations
  • Communicate effectively up, down, inside, and outside of your organization


The High Impact Manager Moving Forward

Your Next Steps as a High Impact Manager

  • Understand when and where to lead and when and where to manage
  • Finalize team action plan and accountability strategies
  • Apply learnings and self-care strategies to current job/life situations

(Advanced CEO Module) Working with Boards

  • Develop productive staff-board relationships
  • Define what makes up the “work” of leadership and how to share leadership with a board of directors
  • Design an organizational planning process
  • Use dashboards to monitor progress and track results

(Advanced CEO Module) Fundraising Myths/Realities and Getting Down to Business

  • Understand the CEO’s and board’s role in fundraising
  • Identify fundraising trends and best practices for your organization
  • Design a fundraising planning process and oversee the implementation
  • Develop and make a specific ask for support

 *Opportunity to work with an organizational team and/or partner on the assignment


Course dates:

  • High Impact Manager: Wednesdays, April 1 – May 20, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT
  • Be a Nonprofit CEO: Wednesdays, May 27 – June 3, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT
  • The High Impact Manager is a prerequisite to Be a Nonprofit CEO


  • The High Impact Manager = $1550
  • Be a Nonprofit CEO = $1850
  • Be a Nonprofit CEO for High Impact Manager alumni = $300

What to Expect

  • Customized content, tools, and overall experience to meet participants needs
  • To complete 90-minutes of live virtual classes and ~3 hours of reading and activities each week
  • To learn as much from other participants as from the course leader and content
  • A professional and collegial network that will provide career-long support

Customized Training for Organizations

Is your organization interested in investing in your team of managers? We can adapt the 8-week course to meet your needs. Training can be delivered via webinar and workshop in-person, live virtual, or a combination of both. Contact us for more information.


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