Organization & Leadership Consulting

Values, Voice, and Vision — What They Cost You and What Others Gain, Part 2

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Welcome back. We’re picking up where we left off in the previous blog. First, a quick review. This is #4 in a series of six blogs on the theme of leadership development (six brief blogs intended to prompt your thinking, not provide a syllabus.) The intentional development of leaders and leadership is an investment. Effective […]

Why Character Development Precedes Effective Leadership

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Each word in the above title deserves its own blog. For this brief attempt at provoking your thinking about familiar things in less familiar ways, let’s give each word one short paragraph, but not necessarily in the same order.  Leadership 35,000…that is the number of leadership definitions that researchers have documented. To simplify it…you know […]

Not Everyone Is a Leader, and Why

A green wooden piece, indicating a leader, is centered around plain wooden pieces.

I am not picking a fight by saying that “Not Everyone is a Leader” but I am prompting you to fight with your own assumptions about what leadership is and what it is not. There is a popular mindset that states everyone can be a leader because leadership is influence and everyone has influence on […]

Ten Culture-Embedding Mechanisms (Part 4 of 4)

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Repeat after me: “My organization’s culture is an outcome of what we collectively believe about the organization and how we behave alongside each other as a result of those beliefs.”  So, what do you believe about your organization? Over the course of this blog and three prior, brief introductions to ten culture-embedding mechanisms provided you […]

Ten Culture-Embedding Mechanisms (Part 3 of 4)

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Repeat after me: “My organization’s culture is an outcome of what we collectively believe about the organization and how we behave alongside each other as a result of those beliefs.”  So, what do you believe about your organization? Over the course of this blog, two prior, and one-to-follow, brief introductions to ten culture-embedding mechanisms will […]

Succession Planning and Emotional & Relational Integrity

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People have strong feelings about anything that threatens their survival or capacity to thrive. Even if denied, those feelings exist…and emerge later in some behavioral fashion.  Leadership transitions affect several factors related to survival and thrival. (Okay, thrival is not a word but it helps make the point.) Let’s take a brief look at some […]

Healthy Accountability… What a “Sick” Idea!

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It was not a happy place to work. The mission was clear and meaningful. The people were good-hearted and good at what they did (for the most part). The customers were loyal…except for when they were disappointed, again. Something had to change. So, as the new guy in charge of operations, programs, and services, I […]

Scanning for Danger: Building Psychological Safety on a Team

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We’ve all been on teams where we don’t feel comfortable speaking up. We keep quiet even when we know we have something helpful or of value to add. Why is that? Self-censorship often happens in teams that lack what is called psychological safety.  Psychological safety is what you feel when you sense the group thinks, […]

What is Agency and How Does it Benefit a Team?

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Gary Gunderson, a pioneer in the field of faith in public health, explored many theories, research papers, speeches, and presentations about the causes of death. Medical science is continually focused on the causes of death and preventing them. For instance, if obesity is a leading cause of death, we focus on avoiding obesity. The same […]