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Gillespie Nimble FAQs

What is Gillespie Nimble?

Gillespie Nimble combines engaging, interactive content, one-on-one coaching, and social learning through an online learning portal to help you reach your development goals as a new manager. You start with New Manager JumpStart, a 90-day learning experience pair with six months of one-on-one coaching. Once you've have completed JumpStart, you can enroll in any of the JumpIn courses to further expand your skills.

Content. The courses provide immediately-actionable skills and tools that will make a difference in your daily work as a manager. Hands-on activities allow you to practice new skills with your team. Interaction and feedback from the facilitator and coach will help further refine your skills.

JumpStart includes these courses:

  • Transition from Staff to Supervisor
  • Communicate with Clarity
  • Prioritize and Manage Your Time
  • Manage Effective Meetings

Once you've completed JumpStart, you can choose from these JumpIn courses:

  • Build Trusting Relationships
  • Give and Receive Feedback
  • Harness and Resolve Conflict
  • Think Critically
  • Lead and Inspire
  • Hire and Retain

Coaching. JumpStart provides six months of one-on-one coaching. During the first 90 days of the program, you’ll have weekly one-hour coaching sessions with the facilitator to increase skill development, and to personalize the learning experience to your particular situation. Once you’ve completed the course content, you will have bi-weekly one-hour coaching sessions to help continue the development of your new skills.

During each 30-day JumpIn course, you will have one one-hour coaching session with the facilitator. Once you’ve completed any JumpIn course, you will have the opportunity to engage in an additional  one hour of coaching, which can be divided into three twenty-minute or two thirty-minute mini sessions. 

Community. JumpStart builds community through weekly live online sessions where you’ll learn and grow with others having varying levels of management experience. Online forums in the Gillespie Nimble Learning Community also allow interactions with others. Once you’ve completed JumpStart and are ready to engage in the JumpIn courses, you’ll still have access to the online learning community and discussion forums.


Anyone who is new to the role of manager, supervisor, or team leader will gain new skills through this program. If you have transitioned to your new management role within the last 90 days, are newly promoted, or are preparing to move into management, this is the program for you.

We've also had managers who have been in their roles for years benefit from Gillespie Nimble. This is what one director said:

I find this class very helpful even though I have been in a Director's role for many years.  I have been able to utilize a smaller "to do list" which seems to help with procrastination. We all love this course.

-Mary Alice, Residential Director

Who will benefit from this program?

Will I get a certificate of completion?

Yes, provided that you complete the program. Completion will consist of full participation in all elements of each course experience, including:
• Completing each eLearning module
• Participating in online discussion activities
• Collaborating in small group discussions
• Completing any subject-specific assignments

How much time do I need to commit to the program?

The courses are designed to take about 2-3 hours per week of formal learning time. Because the courses are designed around issues that you encounter every day, you will be encouraged to practice your new skills throughout the week.

New Manager JumpStart is a 90-day course experience. During those 90 days, you will have weekly one-on-one coaching sessions with the course facilitator. After the first 90 days, you will have biweekly coaching sessions. The full JumpStart experience (course content + coaching) lasts six months. 

The New Manager JumpIn courses last 30 days each. Post-course coaching sessions will be scheduled to occur within the 60 days following the completion of a JumpIn course.

How long do I have to complete each course?

You will be able to access all of the materials associated with your program or course for up to 12 months after enrolling.

How long will I have access to the materials?

What technology will I need to participate?

Internet access
Broadband or high-speed internet is strongly recommended. This includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.

Web browsers
You will need a PC or Apple computer with a recent version of any of the following common browsers:

  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Internet Explorer
  • Google Chrome
  • Safari

Mobile Devices
You can access the Gillespie Nimble Learning community on iOS and Android mobile devices using the device’s browser. You may also download the Moodle app for either iOS or Android, but it is not required.

We hope you will be able to participate in all of the activities related to each course. However, we understand that sometimes things happen that are outside your control. In the event of an unforeseen issue please contact the facilitator for your program immediately. We will do our best to work out a solution with you.

What if I miss a course?