Accountability

My 5 Surprising Lessons from 2017

Like so many of you, I like to end my year with a little introspection before I rush ahead to the next. This year I flipped back through my calendar to remind myself of everything that happened. Wow, what a year! I earn my living advising and coaching others, but the most gratifying thing about…

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Courageous Grace: A New Kind of Accountability

A certain workplace scenario has played out more times than we can count. And it goes something like this: Local and Vocal Frazzled executive or burnt out leader calls in consultants to deal with “disengagement” or “low morale”. Said leader describes disaffection in a specific team or cohort, vague yet ominous, a series of interventions…

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What CEOs and Interns Have Most In Common

Mostly they fall from cliffs or ledges having strayed from the public trails, according to the shuttle bus driver. Well, dozens fall each year but only a handful lose their lives. I thought about what a terrible shame that would be as I watched a group of day hikers descending into the canyon below. It…

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Gut Check – Your NOT-To-Do List!

We’re obsessed with time management! Well, we can’t so much “manage” time as we can manage ourselves. And one of the missing questions is: “What can I put on my Not-To-Do List?” Have you requested our free download, “4 Conversations You Need to Have“?

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Gut Check – How’s Your Team Functioning?

You love your team, right? But do you take for granted that’s it’s functioning like it should? You’d be surprised how if you pose some very basic questions you’ll find that your team has a lot to talk about. There are five basic questions you should be asking yourselves… Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Gut Check – Live the Values

We spend lots of time and effort developing Values Statements. And then what? Don’t wait for some pronouncement from the CEO. Take responsibility for thinking about how YOU demonstrate those declared values every day. Subscribe to our blog, CHOOSE:

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Gut Check – Don’t Stay Mad

Indignation, umbrage, outrage. Pretty powerful stuff. Useful evidence that something important is going on for us. But, well, what do we actually DO with that? Two resources for going deeper into this are: Online resource for up-and-coming leaders: How To Become an Outstanding Next-Gen Social Sector Leader 2-day professional retreat for experienced leader: Courage Camp Sign up to…

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Policy Manuals Are Beautiful Too: 3 Tips for Rules Your Staff Will Love

Which chair would you rather sit in? Yeah, I thought so. The comparison may seem a bit extreme, but we’re making a point here about a smart design approach to developing office policy manuals that you’d like people to actually use. Sound weird? Read on… Speaking from experience as a former CFO and COO, I…

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Your Values Are a Waste of Paper: 9 Ways to Fix It

Raise your hand if you’ve ever participated in a values setting process for an organization. (I bet you raised yours.) Now, raise your hand if you’ve found yourself disappointed that your organization did not sufficiently live up to its stated values. (I bet you probably raised your hand again.) One more now. Raise your hand…

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