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In the vibrant new democracy of South Africa, Ubuntu is a way of life. With its roots in the Bantu languages of southern Africa, Ubuntu literally means “I am what I am because of who we all are.” This is the essence of true collaboration, where the primary focus of cultural transformation is to move… Continue Reading Ubuntu Collaboration: Lessons from South Africa

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Be a great board member

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Many enthusiastic volunteers accept positions as part of a non-profit board, committee, or community effort such as local chambers of commerce, philanthropic groups, or professional associations. The learning curve tends to be very high during the first year. They are thrilled that you stepped up, and you are excited to be involved. Now what? 1.… Continue Reading Be a great board member

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I often speak to leaders who desire to increase the level of performance, initiative, productivity, enthusiasm, competence, and overall engagement of their direct reports. When I ask them what the relationship looks like between themselves and their direct reports, I often get a puzzled look as if to say “What does relationships have to do… Continue Reading Achieving results through effective relationships

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Peer advisory groups

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Are you feeling a bit lonely at the top of your business? As a leader in your business, who can you turn to for trusted advice, perspective, experience, and accountability? When you have important decisions to make, who can you trust to check your thinking? Imagine having over a dozen peer company executives and leaders,… Continue Reading Peer advisory groups

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Our marketplace is volatile and constantly changing. The speed and complexity of changes that affect our businesses is only increasing. To lead our organizations in this environment requires a leadership culture that rests on solid ground, fully engages the workforce and their creativity, and can adapt and adjust to the many twists and turns of… Continue Reading Collaborative governance: The key to leadership trust

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Effective leadership and time management

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On a scale of one to 10, with ten being the best, how many of you believe you maximize your time on a daily basis and accomplish everything you seek to accomplish? Based on my observations, informal interviews, and personal experiences, this is one of the most challenging aspects of a leader’s life. There are… Continue Reading Effective leadership and time management

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Don’t stress, embrace your busy life

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Some people handle stress better than others. Some brag about their stress levels as a badge of honor. We’ve all seen or heard that person who constantly complains about being “stressed.” They are vocal about feeling overwhelmed and may even use it as an excuse. If every small thing is a source of anxiety, not… Continue Reading Don’t stress, embrace your busy life

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Nonprofit board structure

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Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since… Continue Reading Nonprofit board structure

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Social networks as the new leadership?

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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks… Continue Reading Social networks as the new leadership?

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Tips for communicating effectively at work

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Technology is wonderful in most areas of our life. Yet there are some aspects where using advanced technology may not be the best route. There are times at work when we miscommunicate because of technologically-based assumptions. We assume that our emails went through, that our slides were attached, that the texts were received, or that… Continue Reading Tips for communicating effectively at work

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