Q: How is TGMI different from TGEI?
A: TGMI was designed to focus on middle manager development within Tennessee Government as TGEI was designed for executives. The content of each institute is developed accordingly. TGMI is a two week institute whereas TGEI is three weeks. TGMI is still coming into its own as far as identity. The next few years will be exciting as the TGMI Alumni Network continues to define and fine-tune its identity.
Q: Who is eligible for TGMI?
A: TGMI was designed for middle managers with supervisory responsibilities. Suggested titles include Assistant Directors, Program Managers, Associate Wardens, Associate Superintendents, Administrative Service Managers, Human Resources Managers, etc.
Q: How does someone apply for TGMI?
A: The Commissioner of Human Resources extends an invitation to Commissioners and Agency Heads for the submission of candidates for TGMI each year. An application is completed along with a written endorsement from the Commissioner or Agency Head and submitted to the Department of Human Resources. The Commissioner of Human Resources appoints a selection committee who reviews all applications and makes recommendations for selection of the yearly class. Each class is composed of 30 participants.
Q: What if I need special accommodations when taking the tests?
Note: It is very important when completing the application to be very thorough and complete all questions to the best of your ability. The selection committee only has the written information on the application to use in the decision process.
Q: Where does the training take place and what does the training involve?
A: The first week of TGMI is held in Knoxville at the University of Tennessee Conference Center. The first week curriculum is focused on the big picture of state government. A range of instructors from UT Professors, State Executives, Consultants and TGMI alumni provide training and information in how state government works, and key initiatives, strategic planning, customer service, performance management and other big picture topics. The week includes some evening social activities and networking activities.
Week 2 is usually held at a state park. The curricula for week two focuses on individual professional growth. Activities include a one-day outdoor team adventure training, negotiating skills, managing organizational change, individual strength assessment and other related topics. As in week one evening social activities and networking opportunities are included.
Q: What are the costs associated with attending TGMI?
A: Each agency will receive a journal voucher for the participant fee. Each participant is responsible for payment of all travel-related expenses including transportation, lodging and some meals. All lunches, two evening meals and continental breakfast are included in the participant fee. Travel related expenses are reimbursable through your agency using the State of Tennessee Comprehensive Travel Regulations.
Q: Is there a TGMI alumni organization?
A: YES! One of the outstanding benefits of the TGMI experience is the opportunity to meet and develop relationships with other managers across the state. Not only can peers of this nature enrich each other´s management skills, but they can also provide information and open doors to areas that managers need to be successful. TGMI alumni provide each other with technical information and personal experiences to give support, insight, and assistance to help meet the management challenges they face. Having the benefit of networking with others from across the state is a valuable management tool.
The TGMI Alumni network has endorsed several events to promote interactions and professional development with the TGEI Alumni Association. These events include fall conferences and holiday gatherings. In addition, the TGMI Alumni Association has sponsored several educational and networking lunches. It is recognized that these events are a part of the TGMI experience and serve to nurture leadership development and networking. The Department of Human Resources maintains an online alumni directory and TGMI WebPages. Most recently, the TGMI network in conjunction with the TGEI network partnered for the development of a Speakers Bureau. The purpose of the Bureau is to develop a catalog of presentations to offer the general public, which describe state initiatives or program areas that focus on the positive aspects of state government.