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Learn outside the box.

So you can lead beyond boundaries.

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This ain’t your standard professional development.

Our curriculum incorporates task-based skills with underlying fundamentals and interdisciplinary topics for a richer, more interesting education. And we don’t stop at the corporate party lines; we tell it like it is. All so you can kick ass in your role and lead the way to a better future.

Access to courses, events, and micro lessons is included in the cost of membership.

The Starling Way.

Our foundational leadership program offers a fresh take on the fundamentals. In a series of four courses with self-paced coursework and live workshops, we cover crucial underlying skills that are critical for success—and we cover them directly and explicitly instead of burying them in other topics.


We can’t teach you how to deal with every situation you’ll ever encounter at work, but we can give you the fundamental skills that will help you in all of them. ​

Knowing Yourself.

You will always be an ingredient in any challenge you encounter at work, and self-awareness is a leading indicator of success in leaders. In this course, you’ll define your leadership style through examinations of values, history, skills, identity, personality, and more. You’ll also build habits of ongoing reflection and examine how to show up in the world and with other people for the best results.

Thinking Differently. 

Building on self-awareness, this course examines core thought processes and cognitive skills that contribute to problem-solving, decision-making, resilience, and leading equitably. You’ll cover metacognition, analytical thinking, creative thinking, cognitive flexibility, and more—not just for insight into your own head, but to help you understand and coach the people around you.

Interacting with Humans.

Being Business Savvy.

With a greater understanding of ourselves and how our own minds work, we add other people to the mix. In almost any situation you encounter, understanding relational dynamics like motivation, power, and trust is crucial. As is being able to communicate effectively. You’ll cover these topics and more in Interacting with Humans.

No matter what challenges you face at work, the only other ingredient guaranteed to be in the mix (in addition to yourself and other people) is the systems and structures of business. Understanding some of the basic contextual factors at play—like corporate structures, financial basics, and the history of how we got here—will help you navigate them like a champ.

Management Fundamentals.

If “please just tell me how to do what I need to do” is more your speed, our management fundamentals series (launching July 2024) is for you. Covering the core responsibilities of any managerial role, the program offers skills and tools that can be applied immediately or used to level up to a managerial position.


All learners walk away with a portfolio of work that demonstrates their skills.

Goal-setting and Planning.

Create a guiding framework for your team, align goals to business priorities, and monitor progress.

Capacity Planning and Org Structures.

Understand the basics of structuring a team, managing work and workloads, and advocating for resources.

Budgeting and Financials.

Identify and estimate expenses, connect them to the broader financial landscape of the business, and monitor progress.

Recruiting and Hiring.

Establish a hiring philosophy and implement practices for effective, efficient, and equitable hiring.

Onboarding and Training.

Understand how people learn, identify what your people need to learn, and create training programs that work.

Coaching and Developing Reports.

Establish your own management philosophy, give effective feedback, and manage one-on-ones and performance reviews.

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