What do new managers need?
Skills, not buzz words.

One day, you're cultivating a promising individual contributor, the next day you throw them in the deep end: "Congratulations, we're promoting you to manager!" All of a sudden, they're subjected to demands they barely understand: Lead! Empathize! Perform! What they lack isn't knowledge. They need skills.

Let's face it: new managers aren't one workshop away from competence, whether they've been managing for a few weeks or a few years. Growing mastery takes time, practice, feedback, coaching. And that kind of structured ongoing learning approach just isn't possible in a workshop, video or book. That's why we created Oji Foundations.

The mission

Help new managers deliver impact

Oji Foundations is a complete digital learning system that helps new managers develop the key skills they need to deliver results, energize their team, and thrive. The focus is on real-world performance, repeatable habits that translate to better performance in the modern workplace.

The result: leaders with confidence.

The key skills for every manager

Managing is about a lot more than barking orders. Oji Foundations develops skills in seven key areas, giving new managers the ability to develop a plan, motivate a team, and deliver.

Learn from the best

We designed Oji Foundations in collaboration with a team of world-class thinkers, ensuring that managers learn an integrated repertoire of leadership skills, all based on the latest research.

Learn how to be the boss from Dr. Linda Hill

With our partnership with Linda Hill, the renowned Harvard Business School professor and author, each Oji Foundations learner builds the critical skills detailed in Being the Boss, Linda's acclaimed guide to leadership and management.

Build skills step-by-step

To grow leadership mastery, Oji Foundations develops skills in a sequence of brief activities over time. Learners progress at whatever pace works for them, when they have the time and motivation. It's the best way to build lasting behaviors.

Team Lab: The best of coaching and peer learning

Practice, feedback and live discussion are key to deep learning. That's why Oji Foundations includes our unique Team Lab environment. In Team Lab, each learner joins a small team with a dedicated Coach for a series of in-depth sessions and projects.


Learners can take advantage of a library of Checklists that implement the core skills presented in the program.

Personality Assessment

Each participant takes the Big 5 Personality Assessment, the most-widely accepted assessment in the world.

The Details

Your learners will hear directly from our team of top thinkers as they explore practical solutions in seven key areas.


Set a vision, motivate a team


Manage people, time, money, and more

Emotional intelligence

Use emotions to better meet goals, for you, your team, and your network

Diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging

Create a team culture that embraces every member


Drive performance and trust with better listening

Giving and receiving feedback

Reimagine feedback as a positive tool for performance


Make better, more confident decisions

One key to Oji Foundation is Linda Hill's "3 Imperatives": manage yourself, manage your team, and manage your network. As managers learn to fulfill the 3 Imperatives, they learn to lead and perform.

  • What’s included
  • Self-paced learning program experienced via the Oji App for iOS and Android
  • 6 live online group discussions led by an Oji Coach, integrated in the learning sequence
  • Team Lab with 8-person team and a dedicated Oji Coach, featuring 6 live online discussion and practice sessions
  • Mood Meter tool for tracking and regulating emotions
  • Content library with videos, written guides, and more
  • Checklist library to help with key processes like giving feedback, leading meetings, defusing conflict and more.
  • Personality Assessment based on the global standard Big 5 model
  • Hack Stack with 100+ "cards" with key techniques and ideas across all seven topic areas
  • Coach chat for on-the-fly tips and support from Oji Coaches

People are talking

“My team and I have read Marc’s book and now we have rolled out Oji Emotions to our employees to provide them additional tools to build their emotion scientist skills. I highly recommend both.”
Kim Bilyeu
Sr. Manager Global Education at Johnson & Johnson
“The Emotion Life Lab has been amazing and so meaningful in every aspect of my life. I will be forever grateful!”
Lori Schroeder, LLM, JD, PMP
Associate Director, Business Operations, Contracts and Compliance, Yale University
It’s rare to find a born leader. Most of the skills needed to thrive at the top have to be learned and that journey can be a long one. Oji Foundations is cracking the leadership learning code with a system designed to take managers from good to great..
Daniel Morris
Former Head of Talent at Trulia & Uber
“What a brilliant program! Congratulations to the OJI team. It’s literally been the most profound learning experience I’ve ever had.”
Catherine Couchman
Critical Care Nurse
It's a harsh reality that new managers are often left to figure out how to manage and lead without any training. That's why Oji Foundations is so important. It addresses the key skill areas that a new manager needs to thrive.
Danny Warshay
Executive Director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University

Top Thinkers and Key Topics

What if you could bring together the best experts, and have them collaborate on a smarter kind of learning program, one that builds practical skills with an integrated approach, instead of in silos? That's what Oji Foundations is all about.
We searched the globe to assemble a team of cutting edge thinkers and practitioners that could develop a program that grows mastery in the areas that matter most to new managers.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Ashleigh Rosette, Ph.D.

Ashleigh Rosette, Ph.D.

Duke University


Avi Kluger, Ph.D.

Avi Kluger, Ph.D.

Hebrew University

Leadership and Management

Linda Hill, Ph.D.

Linda Hill, Ph.D.

Harvard Business School


Tamra Chandler

Tamra Chandler


Emotional Intelligence

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Marc Brackett, Ph.D.

Yale University

Emotional Intelligence

Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Robin Stern, Ph.D.

Yale University


Ralph Keeney, Ph.D.

Ralph Keeney, Ph.D.

Duke University

Ready to rollout to an individual or a group?
It’s easy!

$1,249 per person, one time


  • Full access to the complete step-by-step learning program
  • 6 live learning sessions led by an Oji Coach
  • Includes Team Lab with 8-person team and dedicated Oji Coach
  • Live text chat with Oji Coaches
  • Oji Life Lab App for iOS and Android
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Everything included for Individuals, plus…

  • Full rollout support from Customer Success Team
  • Web Dashboard and Proof of Impact reporting
  • Personalized webinar check-ins for your groups
  • Customization available for a fee
  • Oji Loyalty Program with earned discounts
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