Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission


Rock Climber Showing Personal Grit

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.

Two men fighting

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. 

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?

Client engagement is different than customer sales. Learn what can set you apart from the competition and create lasting relationships with clients.  

Man thinking

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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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.


Helping Hand

Being a good facilitator isn't the same as knowing how to manage people or run a meeting. It comes down to understanding the tools and structure that help people collaborate.


Simon Sinek is a visionary thinker, who teaches leaders and organizations how to inspire people. His goal is to build a world in which the vast majority of people go home every day feeling fulfilled by their work.

Do you want to be an effective leader and have people follow you? Here's what you need to do. 

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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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?

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