A better way to manage for all management & leadership educators

This site is for all educators looking to find better ways to develop managers! It contains a wealth of ideas, tips and tools for all educators whether you’re a trainer, teacher, management/leadership developer or consultant.

It’s also a great resource for any manager who wants inspiration when managing and developing their teams. Use it when planning staff meetings, training sessions, performance appraisals or off-site/away days.

Click on any of the topic links in our Knowledge Hub to find…

  • Insights to challenge, inspire, and refresh.
  • Ideas to help you build a worthwhile and meaningful career.
  • Articles to help you balance effective knowledge, skills and action with a focus on well-being at work.
  • Techniques to build your management knowledge, ensuring it’s thorough and well-informed.
  • Tools to make your work easier and to help you develop good practice.
  • Tips to help you cut to the essentials – get helpful, practical advice quickly!
  • Stories and quotes to motivate, inspire and help you see things differently.

Or follow the links at the top of the page for our free downloads, blog or store, for even more resources.

Developing managers

Many management websites focus on practical knowledge and skills, but amidst so many tools, techniques and skills, do we know which are most closely linked to better performance? Practical knowledge and tools may be enough to keep an organisation going but it’s intellectual skills and insights that will take it to the next level.

Some sites provide the ideas and theories behind the tools but often don’t present the evidence base of how the tools are linked to better performance. Even fewer sites will emphasize intellectual skills and fewer still do all three.

Three Levels of Learning

You will find that this site enables three levels of learning.

Firstly, you’ll find explanations of management theories, ideas and concepts. This knowledge provides the foundations for effective management by focusing on the basics, and on how to do them well.

Secondly, we include tips, tools and techniques that will help managers to apply their knowledge and skills. These answer the fundamental question: which management practices enable best performance?

Thirdly, we offer insights, intellectual challenge and thought leadership, to encourage different thinking and higher level development. This is what helps managers become real leaders, stepping up to the next level and reaching their potential.

On this site we bring all three together. We’ll help you to educate managers to acquire the practical skills needed to keep their organisations running effectively. Grounded in a solid evidence base, we’ll help you develop their intellectual skills and insights, to help them, and the people they manage, to achieve their best. Which is good for them, and good for their organisations.

Using our resources
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Develop better managers with our practical e-guides

The site contains a useful resource base covering a wide range of topics. You’ll find a helpful collection of discussions, tools and tips, which contain both existing sources and several of our own, original interpretations and techniques.

Feel free to use the pages on this site to help you educate and develop the managers in your care. All we ask is that you acknowledge the Happy Manager, and include an appropriate reference or link back to our pages.

Along with the wealth of free pages and material on the site, you’ll also find even more in our store. This contains our collection of great value e-guides, with hundreds of pages full of ideas, tools and downloads. Visit the store for thought provoking insights and practical tools on essential leadership, management and career development topics.

Subject to our copyright conditions, you can use these guides to help you create or develop your own training or educational programmes/activities. We believe that the quality of our resources, and the messages they contain, can make a critical difference in supporting managers at all stages of their careers, or at all levels in an organization.

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"Build a Better Team" seminar feedback

Made me feel good about my role and how I can make things happen!

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Really good session, could have spent all day on this.
I do tend to spend a lot of my time thinking and used to feel a bit guilty – I won’t now!
… the best one I’ve been to so far.

"Creative Extreme Thinking" seminar feedback

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"Managing Strengths" seminar feedback

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"Managing Time and Priority" seminar feedback

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"Middle Managers" seminar feedback

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Well-structured and very well delivered.
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"What Great Managers Do" seminar feedback