Category: Leadership

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You Can’t Do It Alone . . .

& You Don’t Have to Many leaders have the notion that it is lonely at the top. Like so many things, if you believe it, it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. The fact is no one has ever accomplished anything of any significance alone. Think about that. I think about my first successful, unassisted step as a toddler! But then I think of all the … Read More You Can’t Do It Alone . . .

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Get to Critical Mass Support with System Mapping

Creating change in human systems such as teams and organizations is a matter of developing a critical mass of support for the change goal. Of course, developing that critical mass may involve working through whatever resistances there are and resolving the conflicts that are encountered. Regardless, that critical mass rarely calls for even a majority of its members. The key is to identify and … Read More Get to Critical Mass Support with System Mapping

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Changing an Organization’s Culture

Changing an organization’s culture or the norms of a team is not something to take lightly. An organization’s culture is the pattern of how it routinely behaves much like the personality of a human being. The analogy is apt since an organization is a human system. Likewise, they can be functional or dysfunctional. Dysfunctional cultures that are overly competitive, passive aggressive, or compliant, for … Read More Changing an Organization’s Culture

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Don’t Waste Your Strategic Plan

Don’t waste your strategic plan. A good strategic plan serves as the focal point for how an organization toward both long and short-range success. It provides… Direction for aligning an organization’s staff and activities Criteria for organizational decision-making. All decisions should support some portion of the plan. Too many strategic plans, however, languish in desk drawers never to be implemented. Avoid such tragedy through … Read More Don’t Waste Your Strategic Plan

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The Ways We Waste Our Time and Energy: Conscious Use of Self #2

Time is a resource. And leaders never have enough of it. There are staffs to be managed, customers to coddled, finances to figured out, superiors to satisfy, and the partner and kids at home to be pleased and loved. The list goes on and on. Time’s a wastin’. Yet, we rarely think about the things we do on automatic which waste time and energy. … Read More The Ways We Waste Our Time and Energy: Conscious Use of Self #2

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