Last month we looked at the eight critical functions of an effective nonprofit board. This article will focus on the various types of boards one often encounters and the type of board that is more effective for a given organization. Organizations go through stages of development, and their boards evolve as well, often belatedly. Since […]
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Are these 10 statements true for your business or do you need to make some adjustments? 1. We know what we sell. We are clear about our products, services, and what we offer. We can explain what we do in 30 seconds or less. 2. We have a plan for our business, and we run […]
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As you look out on the landscape of those that you lead, what do you see? Can you identify with the characteristics, attitudes, values, and beliefs that are present amongst all these “different” people? Is there a core group that look, walk, talk, and act just like you; and are there two or three other […]
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The Five Whys

There is one enduring principle of business: problems will occur, things will break, and sh*t happens. When problems do appear, the temptation is to blame others or external events. But the root cause often lies closer to home. When trying to solve a problem, it helps to begin with the end in mind (the presenting […]
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As a leader, you know having a compelling vision and actionable steps to fashion that vision is paramount to your organization’s success. Unfortunately, too many leaders and in turn those they lead look at vision as a statement that hangs on the wall. To make the vision meaningful, relevant and compelling, leaders need to back […]
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More than 75 million people — and counting — around the world have viewed “KONY 2012,” the video about the horrific treatment of children in Africa. Social networks provide leadership across the world, raising global awareness. You might say, “That’s great, but what does this have to do with leading our businesses?” Everything. Social networks […]
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Recently I helped refinish a basement for a friend and kept lamenting the fact that I often didn’t have the right tool to effectively get the job done. It is frustrating knowing that the perfect tool exists but I can’t put my hands on it to do the job. But imagine how I’d feel if […]
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By Kae Rader The phenomenon of remote working, that is, working outside an organization’s office or workspace, is here to stay and on the rise, presenting new leadership and management challenges. Nearly 14 million U.S. full-time workers performed their jobs remotely almost every day in 2008, according to global human resources firm WorldatWork. The total […]
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It only took surgery on my rotator cuff, putting me in a sling for a month, to discover just how uncivil we have become. The most typical response from people was to ignore my bulky black sling that led me into public places. Some had no awareness of the sling and would bump into my […]
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When did taking the easy way out become the way to do business? Or to boost the economy, build communities, improve our schools, raise our kids and solve our problems? When did we decide that being a leader was a cushy job?
We live in tough times: volatile markets; European nations threatening bankruptcy and global financial meltdown; persistent gridlock in our own politics; an Occupy movement that has mobilized thousands way beyond Wall Street; extreme weather. And on top of that we have the challenges and crises of our own workplaces. Where can we stand in these […]
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Have you ever been a coach for a sports team? A team at work? A friend? I coach the Air Force Academy equestrian team in addition to my business and executive coaching roles, and I find many similarities. Coaching both athletes and business people involves encouragement, goal setting, deadlines, and some gentle reminding when necessary. […]
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