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Overcoming Complacency

There are three things I know of that are growth killers for any organization. Complexity kills – How complicated is it for people to get involved and lead in your organization? The old adage “people do what makes sense to them” is definitely still true. Control kills – Does everything need to run through you,…

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What’s THE word?

When I was very young, I had it all figured out. I was going to be an astronaut. (Am I betraying my age by sharing this?) I got busy learning about astronomy, mathematics and the physics of flight. I drank Tang (if you know what this is, you’re just as old as me!). Of course…

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“OUR” Personality

Psychologists tell us that our personality doesn’t really change after we reach the age of 5 or 6. It doesn’t mean that we don’t change, just our personalities don’t. I am stuck with mine. Well, organizations have personalities too. We call this organizational personality “culture”. It is who we are. Culture seems to be a mix…

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Say What?

A funny thing happened to me the other day. A trustee of an influential foundation asked me how our business helps non-profits achieve excellence in leadership. I was really pleased to get this question, because most often I simply get the proverbial “what do you do?” question. I thought to myself, “Wow! Here’s my chance…

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Soul Listening

The other day I drove by one of those speed radar’s in my neighborhood that captures how fast you are going. As I came closer to the radar it started flashing because I was going too fast, so I applied the brakes to slow down. I thought to myself, “Wouldn’t it be nice to have…

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Weary?

I live in the suburbs of Chicago. It’s Winter 2013-14. We’ve had a LOT of snow (more coming this weekend!). And it’s been really, really cold this winter. Funny thing is, I actually LOVE winter. I prefer the cold over the heat because, well, you can wear more clothes if it’s cold. But you can’t…

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