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How to Vision Your Ideal Team or Culture

As outlined in my last blog, step two of “8 Vital Steps for Executive Teamwork and Organization Development” is visioning your ideal culture (or team). For years I’ve used variations of this critical step for team building, culture development, conflict resolution, strategic planning, etc., at Leadership Team Retreats. Many leaders confuse goal setting and visioning. […]

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8 Vital Steps for Executive Teamwork and Organization Development

We’d just finished facilitating a two-day offsite retreat with an international resources company when I came back to my office to find the June issue of Harvard Business Review with a feature article on “The Secrets of Great Teamwork.” The authors — two management and organization behavior professors at Wharton and INSEAD — were reporting […]

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5 Causes of Leadership Team Communication Breakdowns

Communication is critical to team and organization effectiveness. Communication is the lifeblood of trust, cooperation, and teamwork. But communications is a complex topic with many interconnected elements. Communication breakdowns are a major problem that prevents many leadership teams from being highly effective and leading their organizations to peak performance. Many breakdowns in leadership communications can […]

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How to Develop Strategic Vision – 8 Critical Behaviors

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Leadership Keys to Harnessing the Power of Teams

Highly effective leaders are now showing the performance power of building a team-based organization. Where teams have been effectively organized and led, the list of team outcomes has led to dramatic improvements within the organization. 

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With All My Heart and Soul

We need to be less afraid of death and more frightened by an empty life. When we feel the most love, passion, or energy is when we are the most alive. That's when our soul sings.

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What We Get is What We See

A few tips and traps on chosen pathways that help teams and people throughout the organization to clarify or clearly see pictures of their preferred future.

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Visions Provide the Energizing Context to Reach Our Goals

Goals need to be energized and focused by the larger context of exciting visions. These paint us into the big picture and draw us forward to the future of our dreams.

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Three Core Questions That Define Organizational Culture

The 3 Ps — picture or preferred future, principles, and purpose — are critically important. Our answers to three basic questions define the team and/or organizational culture we are trying to create.

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The Purpose-Profit Paradox

The paradox to be managed is: Companies that exist only to produce a profit don't last long and companies that don't pay attention to profits can't exist to fulfill their long-term purpose.

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The Dynamic Power of Hope

Hope is one of the most powerful sources of energy ever known to humankind. Highly energized cultures are charged with hopefulness and optimism. It's the dynamic power that mobilizes individuals and teams to make the improbable possible. It's the mark of a leader.

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Seeing Only What Is or What Could Be

Whether you think the world is full of richness and opportunity or garbage and despair – you are right because that is your point of focus.

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Purposeful Leaders Make Meaning

As we contribute our work to our team or organization, we also need to contribute a deeper sense of meaning or purpose. If we're going to be leaders, we need to take ourselves and ours to the Emotional and Spiritual levels.

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Profits are a Reward, Not a Purpose

Add a richer sense of meaning to our lives by developing purpose aimed at serving others. Profits are a reward. The size of our reward depends on the value of the service we've given others.

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Pathways and Pitfalls to Clarifying Organizational Values

Effectively using values to care for the context and provide focus to a team or organization can be very difficult leadership acts. Discover the Clarifying Organizational Values approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Organizational Visioning Pathways and Pitfalls

Vision is the critical focal point and beginning to high performance. Discover the Organizational Visioning approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

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Leaders Inspire Their Teams With Optimism

Optimistic, enthusiastic leaders more easily retain top people, compared with those bosses who tend toward negative moods. When the leader is in a happy mood, the people around him or her view everything in a more positive light.

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Leaders Energize and Inspire

We are either part of the energy problem or part of its solution. There is no neutral zone. We are either net takers or net contributors of energy to others. We need to ask those we're trying to lead or influence about our energy leadership. Highly effective leaders energize others. That energy mobilizes people to action.

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The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success

The Leader’s Digest: Timeless Principles for Team and Organization Success

If you’re looking for a book that illuminates the topic of leadership in a useful, readable, and lively way, this is it. - Warren Bennis

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Focus and Context: The Hub of Leadership

The hub of leadership, Focus and Context, is where the contrast between management and leadership is possibly at its sharpest. It is the very beginning point of strong leadership.

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