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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