15th Anniversary License Promotion

In honor of our 15th anniversary, we are bundling our most popular digital products with our core individual license product (if purchased annually). Now included for a limited time:

Our COVID-19 Guidance

Being effective at work has become much harder. The challenges our organizations are facing are big ones. Careers are at risk.

The Effective Manager
The Effective Communicator
The Effective Hiring Manager

Join Us at an Upcoming Conference

We host our various events for sign up, both in-person and virtually. Join us at an upcoming event where we’ll share our guidance and practice the skills learned to become more productive and effective.

Effective Manager ConferenceVirtualIn-Person
Effective Communicator ConferenceVirtualIn-Person
Effective Hiring Manager ConferenceVirtualIn-Person
Effective Remote Manager ConferenceVirtual
The M ConferenceVideoIn-Person

Interviewing Series

Get hired again after a layoff. What to do, how to do it, what to say and how to say it, what to write and how to write it. A comprehensive podcast series with everything you need to interview confidently and succeed in finding a new role, even now.

Interviewing Series

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The World's Best Business Podcast

You want to be a better manager, and we want that for you too. We teach management through free podcasts, in-person training, and video.

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Bring Manager Tools to Your Organization

Client specific trainings are now available virtually and in person for all Manager Tools offerings. Bring us on site or have your team trained virtually on our mangagerial, communications or hiring guidance.

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Learn In Person

Perhaps you’re thinking, "I’d really like to talk to someone about being a better manager." The best thing to do is to go to our Effective Manager Conference. You can ask as many questions as you like – we always finish on time. You’ll be able to practice with other managers, and if you stay in touch, you’ll have a contact when things get difficult.

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Introducing RoadMap

RoadMap is an app that helps you master the Manager Tools Trinity - One On Ones, Feedback, Coaching and Delegation. You’ll start, progress, learn, and measure how you’re doing, all within the Manager Tools mobile app.

You no longer have to keep track of everything you have to do to get better. RoadMap keeps track. You no longer have to go looking for the right bit of guidance. RoadMap gives you guidance when you need it.

Now you can become an effective manager without turning it into another project you have to manage. RoadMap does it all for you.

Get RoadMap

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Why RoadMap?

Because you want to be a better manager. Because we want to help.

You already have enough to do, without the “project” of improving your managerial skills. RoadMap keeps you on track, and takes care of the details for you.

So you can focus on your people, your work, and your results.

Get RoadMap

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How Does RoadMap Work?

RoadMap is an iOS and Android app that contains everything you need to know to rollout the Trinity with your team.

It's your solution to digitally and quickly learn what to do and measure your progress in doing it.

RoadMap is the consultant in your pocket.

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The Effective Manager

It's here - The Effective Manager . Our effective manager guidance in book form.

“I was very fortunate to come across Manager Tools over 10 yrs. ago and I've continued to listen ever since. I've also attended the in-person training and have purchased multiple products...each has delivered value far in excess of its price. It's rare to find such specific, actionable, and effective guidance...and I usually find opportunities to apply this guidance within days!” Graham Cochrane, Senior IT Manager, TD Bank Group
“Mark Horstman taught me a vital lesson about management: there's no voodoo. It's all about relationships, behavior and results. If you want the latest management trends and lingo, don't read this book. But if you want to learn how to act consistently and effectively, buy the book, read it, and immediately share it with your entire organization.” Michael J. Reitz, Executive Vice President, Mackinac Center for Public Policy
“Having been trained as a scientist, the manager tools as available via podcast and conference have always appealed to me for their rational construction and the analysis that accompanies their introduction. I am excited to have the basic tools available now in book form where they can also benefit people that are not listening to podcasts. When I am asked how I learned what I do, I will be referring people to this written version in the future!” Rob Hooft, Manager, ELIXIR Netherlands
“The Effective Manager is a must read for every leader. I’ve been following the Manager Tools guidance for almost four years and have experienced a measurable increase in job performance and promotion frequency. This book is a bargain at $10,000.” Robert Greiner, Manager, Pariveda Solutions
“Mark Horstman's The Effective Manager represents best practices. Managers and organizations can and should adopt them with confidence. Mark provides a clear blueprint on how better relationships will drive better results. I know from direct experience they adopt very well in academic and non-profit environments, and I only wish I had adopted these practices twenty-five years ago when I started in industry. I will keep several copies on hand to give to colleagues, similar to my practice with Peter Drucker's The Effective Executive.” The Rev. Raymond Bonwell, Director, Organizational Training & Development, The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (USA)
“I started listening to Manager Tools eight years ago when I was a direct in a team. After eight years I have been promoted into management, senior management, and finally into Directorship . This year I will become a Managing Director. The rapid advancement of my career is due to the implementation of the behaviors you will find in this book.” Stephen Robinson, Associate Director, WYG
“The methods I've learned from Manager Tools have been invaluable to my career as a professional manager. Their specific, actionable guidance has helped me to effectively lead teams of both technical and non-technical professionals, and I wouldn't be where I am today without them! The trinity, and especially one on ones, are the simplest and most effective management tools around.” Andrew J. Sikich, PE, CPESC, Illinois Civil Manager, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.

"There might be an art to great management but every day effective management is just the hard work of implementing some best practices. These best practices are the sum of the tools I've learned from Manager Tools over the years."

-- P. Lindsay