Sustaining Growth in a Troubled Economy

  No matter where you are in the world, it’s no secret that the economy has been ailing over the past decade. However, as we survey the global marketplace, it is equally apparent that despite the economic downturn, many companies are prospering. This begs the question: How are those companies succeeding? What makes those companies distinct from organizations and companies that are barely treading water? The answer is simple: growth strategy. The traditional thinking in business is to identify core business values and build upon those values for the long haul. However, in today’s market, companies must constantly re-tool and
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Leaders Behaving Badly

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of facilitating a strategic planning session for senior leaders of a national non-profit.  The leaders who were assembled came from all across the country; they were some of the most brilliant minds in their respective fields. Each person had extensive experience in grassroots organizing, public policy analysis, and fundraising. Our session lasted for four hours, and in that time, a lot of wonderful suggestions and feedback were generated. However, despite the collective wisdom that was in the room, a curious thing happened: on multiple occasions, the executive team dismissed the feedback from the
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We Open Our Mouths: And Therein Lies the Problem

In the aftermath of the tragedy in Tucson, a lot has been made about the lack of civility in our social and political discourse.  The obvious concern is that the discourse can become so destructive that it leads to physical violence. Yet, what happens when the communication doesn’t produce actual violence?  Should we  assail language that is incendiary only when it leads to bodily harm?  I think most people would agree that language can be hurtful even if a person is not injured. But if language – and more importantly conflict – can be injurious without inflicting harm, why does
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