Leadership Is First Character

Much of what is described as leadership development these days is the teaching of skills – communicate better, coach people better, motivate better, provide feedback better, etc. Sometimes what is billed as a leadership program is simply teaching...

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Leaders and Those That Lead

There are leaders and then there are those that lead. We hear the term “leader” in many places – political leaders, community leaders, church leaders, military leaders, sports leaders, etc. These “leaders” are elected, appointed, or anointed to...

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Why Strategic Planning Fails

Strategic planning is a key process for driving change, growth, and value creation in an organization. Business strategy defines where and how to compete. The strategic planning process provides a discipline for understanding customer needs, the...

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Leadership Drives Focus

Focus is a necessary discipline of any organization. In order to achieve goals and objectives efficiently and effectively, the organization must be focused. Without focus the likely result is either stagnation or confusion and chaos. In a recent...

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Strategy Focuses Effort

One of the primary benefits of business strategy is providing focus for the organization. Without strategy to serve as the mantra, the organization can wander into chaos as people pull in different directions or as a stream of new priorities...

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Strategy Sets Direction

One of the main purposes of business strategy is setting direction. The strategy defines the course of the organization required to achieve its goals and objectives and move cohesively forward. Business strategy is a statement of where and how...

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Lead Up, Down, and Sideways

Mention leadership and oftentimes people think only in terms of leading as a position. They might think of an elected official, an executive, or someone else that has a position in which they are expected to lead. But leadership is quite separate...

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