What is Agency and How Does it Benefit a Team?

man taking agency up stairs into sun

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 […]

Making the Complex Simple

A cartoon of a Rube Goldberg invention that makes a simple task complex

For the last four weeks we have explored organizational Mission, Vision, Purpose, and Why It Exists. These are similar concepts. However, one is not the same as the other. So what? Why make it more complicated? This blog will attempt to answer these questions. Imagine your favorite mode of vehicular transportation. It is probably a […]

Is Vision About Seeing, Planning, or…Believing?

Young people on a roller coaster

During the opening ceremonies of Disneyland on July 17 1955, held after Walt Disney had passed away, one of the platform speakers stated, “If only Walt could see this!” Standing nearby and hearing the statement, Walt’s wife, Lillian, said “He already did.” What a ride getting there must have been! What fueled Walt and his team […]

What Motivates a Person or Team to Commit?

Happy diverse team of employees with a commitment to work

If only everyone was motivated equally by the same things, leading people would be much easier. Can you identify your employees’ motivations for committing to something that is going to require a sacrifice from them? You want more than a ‘clock-in and clock-out’ attitude behind their actions. It helps to know what really fuels the […]

Vision Fueling

A Leader’s Vision Vision is central to leadership. Without it, a leader cannot motivate, empower, or unite people towards a common goal. Vision has a clear unity, however, vision is more than one monolithic picture of a preferred future. Granted, vision is a supraordinate goal that everyone can agree upon, however, there are often many […]

Watch Your Language

Why Language Matters Language is one of the primary tools of culture. Language is not solely a product of our minds; it also acts upon us, shaping our thinking and our behavior. It is therefore one of the primary tools used by leaders to not only direct their teams and subordinates, but also to shape […]

The Habits of Leaders

Essential Habits In the nearly 25 years since Stephen Covey first published his landmark book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders, more than 10 million people have sought after the habits of successful leaders. All these years later, Covey’s book still raises a fascinating question: What habits do great leaders have in common? Covey, […]