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It’s Not Millennials

March 20, 2016 | Comments Off on It’s Not Millennials

For any of us born before a certain date, it’s become a habit to decry the unrealistic expectations and sense of entitlement displayed by Millennials in the workplace. But I’m not really very convinced that we ourselves (by “we” I refer to Gen Xers), were entirely free of a similar sense of I-can-conquer-the-world. We can…

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Living and Breathing

February 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Living and Breathing

“Boy, oh, boy. We have a lot of personalities around here, let me tell you,” Tamara warned. I’d been contracted to provide a leadership development program to an organization’s management team. Tamara was the human resources associate tasked with giving me a general orientation about the company–strategic goals, structure, background on program participants, and prior…

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See Your People, Make Magic

February 11, 2016 | Comments Off on See Your People, Make Magic

I suppose I’ve been lucky during my career, having repeatedly experienced the magic that happens when a boss or colleague sees us. I mean really sees us, not simply whether we measure up to the numbered items on our job description. Magic happens when a supervisor or person of authority demonstrates a sincere curiosity about…

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Get Out of the Doldrums: Revitalize Strategic Planning for Social Change

January 17, 2016 | Comments Off on Get Out of the Doldrums: Revitalize Strategic Planning for Social Change

You work for a not-for-profit organization, foundation or social enterprise. Your vision statement sets out a wonderful aspiration. Your mission and strategies articulate in broad terms the approach you’ll use to strive for that vision. Your objectives and workplans map out the detailed steps your people will take in the near and immediate term to…

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Pioneering

January 5, 2016 | Comments Off on Pioneering

I’ve found when people hear me talk about the need for a new mindset of leadership in the workplace, the response is most often very positive. I talk about shifting from a mindset that defaults to reaching for competence, control and convention to one that defaults instead to calling, caring and creating. When we’re looking…

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