We had a FABULOUS strategic visioning retreat. The research we conducted was future reaching. The input the staff provided on organizational capacity was inspiring. The right facilitator was hired and had tremendous chemistry with our leaders. The Board was on fire with innovation and creating long-term sustainability. The initial storyline was constructed that would allow … Continue reading If Your Leadership is a Mess, Your Strategy Won’t Matter
In the association and non-profit worlds, the titles of the leader continue to vary: CEO, President, President & CEO, Chief Staff Officer, Executive Director, Executive Director & CEO, Executive Vice President, occasionally COO, and so on. To mirror the corporate world, which also helps tell the story of who is in charge, and to differentiate … Continue reading Chief Partner Officer
“I’m stuck.” “I’m not in an environment where I can be creative.” “I’m not provided with the resources to develop professionally.” “I’m unaware of my options.” “I just don’t have what it takes.” “I don’t know how to take the next step.” Are you earning a paycheck, or are you in an environment that allows … Continue reading Is Your Career by Default or Design?
I see it every day – companies, organizations, and leaders, choosing to live 2-D strategy to accomplish visions for their future, instead of a vibrant 3-D experience. Sometimes, we choose because we don’t know how. The muscles for risk tolerance, innovation, & creativity have not been developed. We need to place ourselves in educational and … Continue reading 3-D Strategy
Every year, there is another list of leadership skills one must have in order to be successful. Executive presence. Change leadership. Technological savvy. Strategic insight. Public speaking. Collaborative style. Charisma. Team Building….and on and on it goes. Strikingly, some of the latest research indicates that introverts have the edge on extroverts in leadership. What are … Continue reading Top 5 Ways to Build Your Leadership Development Playbook
The big opportunity has presented itself. You’ve been offered the dream promotion you’ve worked so hard for, and you nervously accept it. Or your company gets the opportunity to do the joint venture with the big name partner with which you’ve always wanted to be associated. In a split second, it starts. What if I’ve … Continue reading Catastrophizing Your Way to Success!
It’s that time of year! People all over the world have lists of New Year’s Resolutions – the things they’ve committed to paper that they’re going to change. For some it’s a long list of things that they want to be different. For others, it’s one focused behavior that they’ve pledged to change. Within weeks, … Continue reading Effort
It’s that time of year, when we WISH all was calm and bright, as we rush to wrap up the year, get plans in place for the next year, and run from one holiday party to another. Leaders and employees are struggling with overwhelm. The sands are shifting beneath our feet. We’re trying to get … Continue reading All is Calm, All is Bright
“That’s MINE!” “I KNOW I’m right.” “Of COURSE that doesn’t make any sense.” “Why would we start doing it THAT way?” From childhood to the boardroom we utter our declarations of certainty. So sure we’re right, we miss what’s in front of us. So important in our position, we fail to examine the data that … Continue reading The Vulnerability of Certainty
Millions of dollars are spent annually flying some of the brightest minds and dedicated leaders around the world to engage for a day or two in windowless rooms to “create the new strategic plan.” Eyes glaze over as board members or business leadership teams contemplate the “exercise” of planning, while seeing their existing execution lists … Continue reading Pointless Planning Retreats