Empower working professionals to find meaning, belonging and opportunity at work
We spend more of our waking time at work than anywhere else. After our partners or closest family members, our managers often have the largest impact on our lives. On our sense of meaning, belonging and opportunity at work and in life. Great managers inspire us to realize our full potential – they create inclusive communities, provide purpose and open doors. Bad ones do the opposite, demotivating rather than empowering.
Unfortunately, many managers are bad – 50% of Americans would prefer a new manager over a raise, and 65% of people have quit a company to get away from a bad manager. Most managers are not intentionally or inherently demotivating. Management is difficult and often non-intuitive. In school we learn math and science, history and english, maybe even strategy, but no one teaches us how to work well together. How to lead, to inspire, to include, to support, to have hard conversations or provide feedback that lands.
At Strive, our mission is to empower working professional to find meaning, belonging and opportunity at work. As a team, we've spent our careers at large companies (Goole, LinkedIn, Target, and Amazon), edtech startups (Minerva, Orai), education non-profits (Aspire Schools, the Arillaga Foundation) building products, programs and experiences to help people realize their potential. We've come together because we believe that transforming managers into leaders is an essential first step to building the more just, inclusive, equitable workplace and world we hope to inhabit.
Developing Leaders, Not Managers
At Strive, we believe that great leaders are built, not born. Everyone has the potential to be a great leader, but becoming one takes work. We support people in this journey, providing opportunities and experiences for self-discovery and skill development.
People work for managers
Controls and demands
Directs team with clearly outlined solution
1:1s about next week
Bi-annual performance reviews
Asks for feedback
People follow leaders
Influences and inspires
Challenges team with well-defined problems
1:1s about next quarter or year
Regular, actionable, caring feedback