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“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” This sentiment expressed by Winston Churchill so long ago is heartily embraced by many Americans today. In fact, nearly 27 percent of adults volunteered 15 billion hours in 2009 to U.S. nonprofits. Of these, many are proven business… Continue Reading Serving on a nonprofit board is serious business

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The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. About 10 years ago, I wrote in my book Building Trust at the Speed of Change that: “We…find ourselves at the mercy of forces beyond our control… we have lost a sense of community. We now live in a virtual workspace where relationships… Continue Reading There’ll be times of despair, times of hope

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Best practices for changing a culture

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If you have moved from one organization to another anytime in your career, you know that every company has its own unique culture. Culture is defined as the beliefs, values, norms, and attitudes that form a group’s patterns of thought and action. Put another way, culture can be thought of as “unwritten rules about the… Continue Reading Best practices for changing a culture

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Is there a leader in the house?

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Who will be the leaders of tomorrow? Will one or more of your own children be leaders in their sphere of influence? When our children eventually leave home, we want them to be equipped to succeed in life and to have the confidence and skills to live in the adult world. There are no guarantees… Continue Reading Is there a leader in the house?

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Trust is key to success

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Trust comes from ownership, and in our workplaces, the degree to which trust each other is the central ingredient for success. A few weeks ago, residents of Fukishima, Japan said they did not trust their leaders to tell them the truth about the amount of radiation their children were being exposed to. And recently the… Continue Reading Trust is key to success

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Aim for Energized Alignment

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The term alignment is receiving increased attention in the business world. CEOs are looking to align their entire organizations. Managers are attempting to align their teams. Change leaders at all levels are attempting to align people behind new strategies and initiatives. So what is alignment? Generally, alignment means that a team, a group, or multiple… Continue Reading Aim for Energized Alignment

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You can throw away your job description

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If you are a leader in a company or organization and have a detailed job description, throw it away. Job descriptions are useful for employees who need to understand the specific aspects of their job and responsibilities. But what person in leadership has ever been able to actually follow a specific list of duties and… Continue Reading You can throw away your job description

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One of the most difficult tasks any senior leader has is to manage the internal dynamics of their senior team. I have heard countless times, “I’m tired of being the kindergarten teacher — they just don’t play nicely together.” And for business effectiveness, they must. So why do senior leaders have to play the role… Continue Reading Going beyond being the kindergarten teacher

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Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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The Colorado Senate — just like the U.S. Congress — recently adopted the “budget that nobody wanted.” Compromise was needed to keep government running, but neither Democrats nor Republicans were satisfied with the results. “The really good (budgets) are the ones that all people hate,” said Sen. Bill Cadman, R-Co Springs, as reported April 12th… Continue Reading Don’t just compromise — collaborate

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Much of the existing advice on change assumes that the people who are leading a change are the same people who conceived it. Unless you work in a very small organization, that is usually not the case. Think about your own experience with leading change projects. How often were you the originator of the idea?… Continue Reading Clarifying roles is critical when cascading change

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