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Our story

Learn more about our organization and take a look at our journey so far.
Where we started
Mind Tools began as a blog in 1996, the brainchild of entrepreneurial husband and wife team James Manktelow and Rachel Thompson, who were driven to help people become more effective managers and leaders. We are now a leading authority on career development, inspiring 24 million learners in 160 countries with consumer-focused resources.
Three award-winning companies
Between 2015 and 2019 Emerald Group acquired GoodPractice, Towards Maturity and Mind Tools, bringing together some of the best developers of online learning tools and solutions, and L&D strategists, under Emerald Works.
This unique collaboration of skills and resources has created a world-class organization that helps millions of people around the globe to be the best version of themselves. Collectively changing lives through learning.
More than 25 years on, we're still passionate about learning
The world of work has changed forever, placing new demands on the way we interact, communicate, work and learn. For 25 years Mind Tools has been adapting to help people step up to meet everyday workplace challenges with confidence. Today, Mind Tools is a story of empowerment. Of helping people thrive. Mind Tools brings individuals and businesses accessible, on-demand learning tools and resources that help people lead, manage, and perform with confidence.
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Immerse yourself in a fun, modern working environment, with like-minded colleagues dedicated to learning and development
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Sharon Getz - Mind Tools member for 1+ years
"Mind Tools allows me to focus in on my needs as well as the needs of my team. It allows me to tailor my learning as a leader with the assessments and articles that it provides."
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Kathy Martin - Australia
"It's great. Its easy to find, comprehensive, well researched and accessible. A good mix of theory and practical work books, work sheets and exerises"
Paula Mount - United Kingdom
"Varied and extensive learning available on the subject of Leadership which I am both professionally and personally interested in - all offered at a high standard and includes latest thinking."
Sanya Selak - Mind Tools member for 2+ years
“It does not present one particular point of view and one single recipe for the success, but presents a compilation of different theories, scientific studies and also gives lots of useful pointers for further reading (e.g. suggestions about books, articles, etc.)."
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Sanya Selak - Mind Tools member for 2+ years
“It does not present one particular point of view and one single recipe for the success, but presents a compilation of different theories, scientific studies and also gives lots of useful pointers for further reading (e.g. suggestions about books, articles, etc.)."
Read Sanya's story
Maureen Parkinson - New Zealand
"Discover the latest thinking, get information to help me perform in my role and provide information to help people perform in theirs."
Kathy Martin - Australia
"its great. Its easy to find, comprehensive, well researched and accessible. A good mix of theory and practical work books, work sheets and exerises."
Aaron A. Kendall - United States
"I see Mind Tools as a source for good professional advice on many self- and team- improvement topics."
Sharon Getz - Mind Tools member for 1+ years
"Mind Tools allows me to focus in on my needs as well as the needs of my team. It allows me to tailor my learning as a leader with the assessments and articles that it provides."
Read Sharon's story
Kathy Martin - Australia
"It's great. Its easy to find, comprehensive, well researched and accessible. A good mix of theory and practical work books, work sheets and exerises"
Paula Mount - United Kingdom
"Varied and extensive learning available on the subject of Leadership which I am both professionally and personally interested in - all offered at a high standard and includes latest thinking."
Sanya Selak - Mind Tools member for 2+ years
“It does not present one particular point of view and one single recipe for the success, but presents a compilation of different theories, scientific studies and also gives lots of useful pointers for further reading (e.g. suggestions about books, articles, etc.)."
Read Sanya's story
Maureen Parkinson - New Zealand
"Discover the latest thinking, get information to help me perform in my role and provide information to help people perform in theirs."
Kathy Martin - Australia
"its great. Its easy to find, comprehensive, well researched and accessible. A good mix of theory and practical work books, work sheets and exerises."
Aaron A. Kendall - United States
"I see Mind Tools as a source for good professional advice on many self- and team- improvement topics."

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