Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission


The only thing you can count on is change. So why not get better at it?

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Like emotions can be contagious, so can good (and bad) leadership behaviors - some more so than others. Leadership behaviors can also have a cascade effect. Not only are direct reports impacted by leadership behaviors, the wider organization is too.

Rabbit and Tortise

Most successful leaders fall into the category of "temporally agile" - they set out timetables and deadlines, but are able to adjust to create more team synchrony and flow.


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How to shift from a "best practices" mentality to a dynamic, "laboratory" mentality and make each team member, not the manager, responsible for the results.

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High impact leaders are curious, and they're effective because building knowledge and wisdom are essential to professional success. If you are not naturally curious and asking a lot of questions, you can build this skill into your daily agenda by asking "ritual questions."

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Informal leaders do not have positions of authority but they manage to get things done and bring others along with them.  How do you find them and engage them?

Vitae asks academics, administrators, and Ph.D.’s in the nonacademic world to pick the five books that most influenced them.

Bird leading a formation

If trust is vital to leadership, how do leaders - particularly new leaders - build it?

How To Counter Criticism Of Your Million Dollar Idea

When you have a fantastic idea, why is it that anyone would challenge it?  The reality is that any important change is challenged, so you should expect challenge and prepare for it.

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There were over 400 articles published by last year. What were the top picks?



Smartphones are not the problem — it’s bad management that people resent.

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Treating learning as integral to work and design systems.

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Have you decided on your 2017 leadership goals? Better communication habits might be one to consider.

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Great bosses change us for the better. They see more in us than we see in ourselves, and they help us learn to see it too.


Football Pracitice

Culture is the net effect of shared behaviors, and therefore adopting innovative behaviors must come first. Focusing on a few critical behaviors can help an organization become more innovative.