In 1999, the Department of Human Resources determined mid-level managers should be given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills in a program similar to the Tennessee Government Executive Institute (TGEI). After almost a year of study, analysis, and discussion, a two-week, mid-level manager institute was created. It was included in the 2000 Statewide Strategic Plan with a stated mission: "To create opportunities for employees to achieve their highest potential." One of the strategies was to develop capable managers through the establishment of the Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI). During 2000, the Department of Human Resources staff worked in partnership with the University of Tennessee to develop a TGMI curriculum. In late 2000, the first graduates of the Institute formed a TGMI Alumni Network. A set of By-Laws was established, and a Steering Committee was created to oversee the Alumni Network. Since its inception thirteen TGMI classes have been held, graduating 402 participants from 40 departments and agencies of State Government. Today, the TGMI Alumni has participated in Community Service projects, Speaker´s Bureau, and given monetary gifts to selected charities. The Network´s mission remains the same, to share our leadership abilities with our peers, the citizen´s of the State, and each other.
Inspiring Tennessee´s managers toward dynamic leadership.
TGMI Alumni best describe the value of this program through their own testimonials.
The lessons learned in both TGMI & TGEI respectively cover the whole realm of what it means to be a leader, understand yourself and how others perceive you, and developing tools to improve your career. TGI collectively is a program that takes both potential and current leaders and improves them.
Randy Carroll, 2007
Dept. of Education
It is an experience like non-other. It serves the attendees as much or more as the attendees serve the citizens of the state of Tennessee. This is a training that every supervisor, manager, director, assistant commissioner, commissioner, and deputy commissioner should experience. It is top notch in education, networking, job skills, and overall program. The best bang for the dollars and time. Given the chance, I would do it again and again. If TGEI and Lead TN are anything like TGMI, I hope to move forward and have those experiences in the near future.
Georganne Martin, 2007
Office of Inspector General
Finance & Administration
I found my experience unlike anything I have attended before. It was so uplifting; it gave me a proud feeling to be a part of the State employees. I have met so many great people through TGMI and hope I'll carry those friendships with me for a very long time. I am continually promoting the merits of this Institute with Commissioners and Directors and certainly among my peers. I use what I have learned to be a better Manager and build a network of knowledgeable associates. I expect to continue to learn and teach as I keep active with the Alumni group.
Marilou Cook, 2007
Digital Media Services, OIR
Finance and Administration
I am still enjoying my experience! TGMI is the single greatest highlight of my 21 years of experience working for the state of Tennessee. I am most proud of the relationships made and in the continuing value it has been to me as a professional state employee. It was and is an exhilarating and positively rewarding kind of experience, and one that has had a lasting positive effect on me. I think the proudest element of the experience led me to entertain the notion that through TGMI we can change the outmoded public perception that somehow working for the state is mediocre. TGMI is the best training you can get as a state management professional.
E. Ross White, 2006
Consumer Affairs Division
Dept. of Commerce and Insurance
As a participant from the TGMI class of 2010, the best class ever, I would like to say that TGMI is one of the best learning experiences that I have had thus far in my career. TGMI taught me a great deal about myself and gave me the tools to become a more successful leader. I plan to use the tools to further my career with the State of Tennessee. It also connected me with other leaders from other departments and across the entire state that I could further build a relationship. I would recommend this experience to anyone who plans a career that involves leadership.
Victor Barnes, 2010
Field Management Director
Department of Human Services