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One of the most difficult things a leader ever has to do is walk away.Whether it’s by choice, by retirement, or by termination, too few leaders show their best selves on the way out. This pattern holds true across industries and the costs of it are deeply damaging.Sadly; a generation of long term charity leaders have provided far too many examples of what not to do. There are numerous well known stories of leaders who hang on too long, become self-serving in their final seasons, meddle in the organization afterSEE DETAILS

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I usually avoid conflict and controversy.I have strong opinions on lots of things but I generally prefer to share them discerningly and in contexts where trust has been established and any misunderstandings have a good chance of being addressed. I’m not afraid of tough topics (some friends tease me about always hunting for the elephant in the room) but I prioritize maintaining healthy relationships over trying to win an argument. It has served me well, mostly.In a time and culture where there can be a lot of affirmation for postingSEE DETAILS

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“How much longer are you going to let this one person require too much of your energy and drag down the team culture?”Some version of the question has been one of the most important challenges I’ve given to leaders I’ve advised over the past several years. I’m not an employment lawyer or HR professional so all I can offer is the insights gained from my own experience, observations, and reflections.Time and again there is a hesitance to explicitly confront problematic people, or to terminate them when the leader has determinedSEE DETAILS

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Take a block from the middle and you put it on top…If you’ve never played the classic family game of moving wood blocks out of a stable tower and placing them gently to build the tower higher just click on the link above; it’s a classic.A leader I’m working with has been getting a lot of resistance to some of the new initiatives they are bringing to a long established organization. It’s frustrating to follow all the theories about how to introduce change and still have people making complaints andSEE DETAILS

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Which comes first?As we work towards Healthy Leaders and Healthy Organizations the question arises: What is the higher priority; the health of the leader or the health of the organization?Of course we want to see growth in both, that’s obvious. What leaders are asking is how the two important things interact and affect one another. Do healthy leaders make healthy organizations or is it more the other way around?Here’s what I’ve seen:-An unhealthy organization repeatedly hire apparently healthy leaders who either became or had hidden the truth that they wereSEE DETAILS

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