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,…


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…


“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…


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…


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…



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…