Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission


Pragmatic leaders don't let their egos derail their goals or ability to execute agendas. Learn five ego traps that can hinder a leader and halt their change agenda.

The key to getting things done in an organization is through political competence. Learn what this means and how you can incorporate it into your leadership style. 


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

Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to what they do. 

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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.


Leaders who equally focus on results and people tend to motivate people to do their best. Read the five things that these leaders can accomplish because of this balance.

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Treating learning as integral to work and design systems.

Leadership is not a position or title, it is action and example. 

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What leads teams to keep trying even after failure? Quite often the answer is "grit," but what is this exactly? Researchers define grit as perseverance and passion for long-term goals, and they suggest it can be taught, practiced, or learned.

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

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It's important to know effective ways to respond when a conversation turns negative. These techniques can help you turn the conversation around to avoid damage to an important relationship or disarm a threat to your credibility. 

Norms are a set of agreements about how members will work with each other and as a team. Follow these five steps to create and enforce executive norms. 

Fish Philosophy

Learn about the FISH! philosophy, which is about engaging people to make positive changes. 

Google spent years studying effective teams. Researchers found that what really matters is less about who is on the team and more about how the team works together.  

Pixar has produced some of the most creative and epic films of this era due to a culture of creative collaboration. How can educators learn from Pixar when we design collaborative projects?