Millennials are Not Aliens

Millennials are Not Aliens

And other obvious and not-so-obvious statements about our young professionals. Broadly speaking, the millennial generation includes everyone born between 1980 and 1999. They are the largest generation in existence today. While it’s likely that every single person reading this has been working with at least one person of the millennial generation for a while now, […]

Hiring Brand Ambassadors, Not Employees

Hiring Brand Ambassadors, Not Employees

For most organizations, creating a brand that clearly communicates the organization’s value is a key aspect of the overall business strategy. After all, an established brand with a positive reputation can clear the path to launch new products and services, move into new markets, create valuable partnerships and attract the best talent. The benefits are […]

Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

Feedback is a Required Leadership Skill

“Good intent in giving input is not enough. We must back up intention with behavior that is skillful.” — Dr. Kathryn Smerek Offering quality feedback that moves individuals, teams and entire organizations forwarded toward both individual and shared goals is one of the most important leadership skills. After all, the very nature of leadership is […]

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Are You Good at Being Confronted?

Usually, when we talk about confrontation, it’s from the perspective of the confronter. We focus on having the courage to confront others and how to do it effectively. We delve into strategies for communicating effectively and advocating for specific outcomes. Knowing how to confront people in a way that’s most likely to lead to a […]

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

Creating A Culture That Doesn’t Fear Mistakes

If we want our organizations to grow and succeed, we must fill them with good people who are committed to doing their jobs with excellence. Especially in the financial industry, there are some things for which there is simply no margin for error. We know this. And yet, we also know that we’re all human […]

Removing Motivational Barriers

Removing Motivational Barriers

I don’t know about you, but I am definitely experiencing a bit of spring fever these days. The sun is out, the days are getting longer, leaves are appearing on trees, and I find myself sitting at my desk itching to get outside. Granted, a little spring fever is really just a minor hindrance if […]

The Danger of Toxic Team Members

The Danger of Toxic Team Members

At the risk of sounding clichéd, attitude is everything. So much of what we accomplish and how we experience life, both personally and professionally, is ultimately dependent on our attitude. Not only is attitude important to the quality of our own lives, it has a real effect on those around us and the overall culture […]

Creating a Turnover Resistant Culture

Creating a Turnover Resistant Culture

For every organization, long-term success and sustainability requires the ability to attract and retain quality people. This is especially true for small businesses and nonprofits because they are competing with larger organizations that often have deeper pockets and more incentives available to attract top talent. While numbers vary from study to study, everyone agrees that […]

Deep Integrity

Deep Integrity

I believe that integrity is an essential quality of leadership, regardless of whether you are leading a family, a small team of volunteers, a not for profit organization, or a fortune 500 company. It’s especially important in cooperative organization where transparency is an essential and required aspect of its success and sustainability. But, as important […]

Change Happens. Resistance is Futile.

Change Happens. Resistance is Futile.

An organization’s ability to survive AND thrive, is not dependent on the IQ of their leaders or even on how successful and stable they happen to be today. Rather, it’s in how well the organization can adapt and respond to inevitable changes in conditions and demands. The only guarantee any of us have about the […]