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The 3-D leader

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What makes a well-rounded leader? I’m not talking about a leader’s physique, but a person’s ability to address a fuller range of the physical, social, emotional, and spiritual needs of followers. In “The Leadership Challenge,” James Kouzes and Barry Posner define leadership as mobilizing others to want to get extraordinary things done. People will not… Continue Reading The 3-D leader

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To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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All things being equal, in this high-speed marketplace, the companies who will win are those who are able to access, engage, and leverage the intellect, energy, and passion of every member of the workforce. To do this, workplaces face a fundamental cultural challenge — between the prevalent “culture of me” that drives us toward silos,… Continue Reading To better compete, create a ‘we’ culture

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Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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“We have a ‘strategic’ plan. It’s called doing things.” Admittedly, Herb Kelleher’s legendary Rambo-esque style of leadership is appealing. The former CEO of Southwest Airlines has a point. Few enjoy sitting in a stuffy board room victimized by droning reports and deadly dull presentations — a common perception of strategic planning. So some leaders, especially… Continue Reading Strategic planning: Exercise or imperative?

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Why leaders can’t ignore employee engagement

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Most business leaders and owners are doing everything they can to reduce costs and increase profits. If you fall into this category, one factor you cannot afford to overlook is employee engagement. Why should you care about employee engagement? Because it directly impacts employee productivity and retention, as well as financial metrics like earnings per… Continue Reading Why leaders can’t ignore employee engagement

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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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Leading and managing from afar

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By Kae Rader The phenomenon of remote working, that is, working outside an organization’s office or workspace, is here to stay and on the rise, presenting new leadership and management challenges. Nearly 14 million U.S. full-time workers performed their jobs remotely almost every day in 2008, according to global human resources firm WorldatWork. The total… Continue Reading Leading and managing from afar

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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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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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