TGMI 2015 Finds Strengths, Builds Learning Communities

By Stefani Mundy

The Tennessee Government Management Institute (TGMI) is referred to as the “TGMI Experience” by alumni and staff across the state. Managerial-level state employees are nominated to attend and pleasantly surprised to gain much more than classroom learning at TGMI. The focus of TGMI 2015 is identifying individual leadership strengths and building learning communities in state government.

TGMI curricula are designed to be a sequential progression in management education. State government employees began TGMI 2015 with self-discovery of strengths, advanced into experiential learning with classmates, and completed the program with their new 36-member learning community. The culture of TGMI exemplifies commitment, lifelong learning, energy, participation, and collaborative support. A phrase that is tradition among TGMI alumni is that each group is the “Best Class Ever!” The Class of 2015 referred to the final day of TGMI not as goodbye but as “the beginning of 36 new friendships.”

TGMI is administered by the Naifeh Center for Effective Leadership in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Human Resources.


TGMI participants practice supporting one another.

TGMI 2015 participants actively listen and encourage their class members.

Within 24 hours of the final day of TGMI, class members gathered for a kayak trip.

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