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Leadership

For several years I’ve used running as an alternative way to meet with some of the leaders I advise. The combination of activity, nature, and being side by side brings a different quality to the conversation that can be helpful.Today I added another sport to the arsenal: Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP).For those who haven’t tried it, SUP is sort of a cross between canoeing and surfing. You stand on a fairly large board and use a long paddle to make your way across the water. My wife and I haveSEE DETAILS

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Great Stories, Leadership

Most policy manuals are useless, and many are holding back results.I’ve had several conversations and consulting sessions in the last couple months where organizational policies featured prominently. In the midst of cultural shifts in expectations and greater diversity of demographics and opinions, the desire to establish clarity often results in voluminous binders of procedures and practices that take days to read; let alone to write, review, and implement.And a lot of it is garbage.I don’t mean that politically. It’s not the specific content of the policies that concerns me. It’sSEE DETAILS

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Catalyst, Leadership

Yesterday was Valentine’s Day.As always, some people make a really big deal out of it, spending small fortunes on flowers, chocolates, gifts, and dinner out. Proclaiming their love as publicly as possible as an expression of romance.As always, others point out that Valentine’s is a fabricated holiday that really doesn’t reflect the true story of St. Valentine, and serves mostly to guilt people into unnecessary stereotypical purchases. They claim that they don’t need a nudge from a consumer driven date to demonstrate their feelings.I can’t help but wonder if thoseSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

A lot of the charity leaders I work with don’t get proper accountability from their Board of Directors. Sometimes they kinda like it that way.But the truth is that providing a proper performance review of the lead staff person is a basic duty of the board. Failing to do so handicaps the leader and ultimately the organization. Every employee deserves to know how well they are doing and what they can do to improve.I am occasionally asked to advise or participate in a leader’s performance review. Over the year’s I’veSEE DETAILS

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Leadership

The #MeToo and #TimesUp movements are one of the most culturally significant realities of the last two years. It seems like every couple days another prominent male figure is accused of sexual assault and this may well be just the beginning. The local and grassroots levels of society haven’t yet felt the same degree of impact. But it almost definitely on the horizon and approaching quickly.The relevance of this for leaders is complex, and it is urgent.Every organization must be prepared for the possibility that there will be allegations involvingSEE DETAILS

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