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A cure for organizational reflux

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Yes, organizations have it, too. Leaders complain about it all the time. They can’t seem to get their people all headed in the same direction, especially at the top. The lack of alignment and ownership of the organization’s core beliefs, principles, vision, and strategy are some of the major defining symptoms of “organizational reflux.” It… Continue Reading A cure for organizational reflux

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Leverage styles when communicating change

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An understanding of human psychology can be a powerful tool for anyone in leadership. While there are many theories and tools in this realm, one of the most useful categories of tools deals with personality. Since as early as 444 B.C., observers of human nature have noticed that there are four primary personality styles. In… Continue Reading Leverage styles when communicating change

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The nonprofit sector accounts for over 10 percent of the U.S. workforce and nearly $2.6 trillion in assets, and yet significant studies of the distinctive challenges of leading the nonprofit organization did not seriously begin until after the 1980s. Anyone who has led a nonprofit knows that there are important differences in leadership challenges compared… Continue Reading The distinct challenges of nonprofit leadership

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Shared vision, sense of urgency key to success

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Imagine a team so energized by a goal that they willingly work outside their job descriptions, put in long days and weekends, openly share ideas and constructive criticism, and achieve incredible results with limited time and few resources. This isn’t just a daydream. It actually happened right here in Colorado Springs — at the Pioneers… Continue Reading Shared vision, sense of urgency key to success

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By Greg Lopez Small Business Administration Colorado Director Cash flow is the lifeblood of all small businesses. Cash flow allows a business to make payroll, pay suppliers, and keep its doors open. We have been told that there is a credit crunch and that small business lenders are no longer extending lines of credit to… Continue Reading Five critical steps to securing capital for small business

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Corporate values that make a difference

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Corporate value statements — it seems as though every company has them these days, but far fewer know how to make their values operational or applicable to everyday situations. Values are the principles and boundaries that define corporate and personal behavior. Our values determine how we make decisions and how we relate to one another.… Continue Reading Corporate values that make a difference

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We hear it everywhere. People do not seem to trust large institutions, their leaders, or often others at work. The distrust gap is very significant, and its costs are significant. If there is distrust, we can lose customers. Or if our executive team members don’t trust each other, they may be seriously misaligned on strategy.… Continue Reading How to address the distrust gap and stem business losses

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Balancing urgency, overdrive

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As a leader, you know that change is critical to your organization’s success. But resistance, confusion and inertia may be slowing your change efforts. To counteract inertia, leaders need to instill a sense of urgency. According to Harvard professor and change expert John Kotter, urgency is a sense of pressing importance. Kotter writes, “A real… Continue Reading Balancing urgency, overdrive

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Baseball is America’s national pastime. There’s nothing like catching a game at the ballpark. But when it comes to sports on television, the U.S. is all about football. And the NFL season kicks off Sept. 9 on NBC, with a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game between the Minnesota Vikings and the eventual Super… Continue Reading Business lessons from the NFL: Favre, Tebow and the Steelers

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Step up and lead change

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Across our city, our region and our country, leaders are in crisis. They — we­ — struggle with practical fiscal and policy issues while wrestling with deep, values-based questions: Who and what do I represent? What do we need to do and how do we need to behave as an organization? How do we survive… Continue Reading Step up and lead change

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