The High Impact Manager and Reshape the Future: Be a Nonprofit CEO

Live Virtual Cohorts


Managers are the unsung heroes of nonprofit organizations. They are the bridge that connect the goals and strategies of executive management with the ambitions and expertise of work teams. They play an integral role in employee productivity, retention, and organizational culture.


However, more and more managers are feeling squeezed in the middle. They report feeling overwhelmed, unsupported, and burnt out. Here’s the good news. It doesn’t have to be so hard. There are simple skills and tools that can help managers do their job better, faster, and easier.


The High Impact Manager builds those skills and provides the most useful tools to get the job done. This practical course is designed to help nonprofit professionals manage up, down, out, and across an organization to drive results and stay sane. It focuses only on the skills needed to be a high impact manager – skills that can be applied immediately. We don’t waste time on anything else.


For those looking to take a step further, we offer additional Reshape the Future: 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.


Both The High Impact Manager and Reshape the Future: 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.


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


Reshape the Future: 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 Reshape the Future: Be a Nonprofit CEO advanced learning modules.

New Course Dates!

High Impact Manager

Wednesdays, October 2 – November 20, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT

Be a Nonprofit CEO

Wednesdays, December 4 – 11, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT



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, October 2 – November 20, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm MT
  • Be a Nonprofit CEO: Wednesdays, December 4 – 11, 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

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