L&D that lasts...

The world’s best managers are all about ongoing learning and development. The problem is that we forget most of what we learn, especially when the lessons are sporadic. The Best-Self Academy uses a proven system to help you quickly integrate what you learn to transform you as a manager, forever:

  • Regular repetition of concepts is the key to retaining new information

  • Immediate application of what you learn within 15Five or other performance management system

  • Cohort based learning - part of a community of students

Continuous Learning & Development

What's included in your annual From Manager to Leader membership?

  • Four 12 week courses with weekly lessons

    Curated 15-30 minute lessons and assigments that immediately improve your management skills

  • Self-directed Learning

    Evidence-based management best practices made easy

  • Bonus: Monthly AMA

    A monthly AMA (ask me anything) event with Academy Director, Jeff Smith, PhD and other 15Five experts to drill deeper into the topics that matter most.

  • Bonus: LIVE monthly session

    Learn alongside other community members during a live monthly workshop on a crowd-sourced topic from our community.

From Manager To Leader

Enroll in an ongoing development journey based in social learning.

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About your principle facilitator:

Dr. Jeff Smith is the Director of the Best-Self Academy at 15Five, as well as a cognitive psychologist and foster dog enthusiast. Jeff’s mission is to use science to help people, teams, and organizations thrive. Jeff has an eclectic background, including leadership roles in learning and development, performance, strengths-based assessments, product, design, UX, CX, and innovation. Jeff loves to translate qualitative research into what’s next – he has been named a Master Inventor (twice), co-invented the Aspirational Workplace Transformation Process, co-authored over 125 IP publications, and is a co-inventor on 15 issued US patents. Jeff received his Ph.D. in Psychology with a minor in Design from North Carolina State University.

A banquet, not a buffet

Self-service learning doesn’t work. With all the pressures of your job, L&D often falls to the end of a very long list. Or as Gartner's Leah Johnson said, "One of the reasons we're seeing the workforce fall behind in certain skills and competencies is that organizations have become overly reliant on self-service approaches for employees." Rather than overwhelming you with a buffet of learning and development choices, our Academy “chef” has crafted a balanced, pre-fixed experience that teaches everything you need and nothing you don’t in order to become a better manager.

For HR Leaders that care about people AND performance

You know that manager education and behavioral instruction are the keys to organizational health. Creating an environment where employees feel supported both emotionally and professionally, boosts retention and performance and fosters high levels of employee satisfaction and loyalty. Ready to create a world-class workplace where everyone wins? Enroll all of your managers in the Best-Self Academy Premium Membership with special pricing...