Category: Organizational Development

Even the Lone Ranger had Tonto

As a kid, I grew up watching old reruns of the “Lone Ranger”. And recently I came across this joke… One day, the Lone Ranger and Tonto were out on patrol when they came to a mountain pass. As they

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Doing Change Right

As I look back on the various relationships that I have had with different leaders, I can count the effective ‘agents of change’ on one hand. Most leaders are so involved in ‘putting out fires’ or ‘maintaining what they have’,

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3 Kinds of Leaders

This week, I was challenged in my thinking by Bob Shank (The Masters Program) as he taught about 3 different roles leaders play in the life of an organization. (To get the full perspective, join The Masters Program!) Every organization

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FAT People Make The Best Volunteers

With the start of the new year many of us are trying to shed the fat. But when it comes to finding volunteers for our organizations, FAT is the new skinny. Find FAT people! Say it with me: “Find FAT people! Find FAT

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Good Partnership Isn’t Selfish

I was reading a tip sheet from our website on Unhealthy Partnerships and was thinking more about why it’s so hard for partnerships to be healthy and successful. It comes down to one thing: selfishness Selfish is defined as:  “Lacking consideration

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Organizational Mavericks Part II

This is a follow-up to the first post on mavericks. Read it HERE. Henry Ford said, “I’m looking for a lot of men with an infinite capacity for not knowing what can’t be done.” We’re talking about mavericks within your

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Organizational Mavericks Part 1

In Hanz Finzels book, “The Top Ten Mistakes Leaders Make” (©2007 David C. Cook), he writes a chapter called “No Room For Mavericks“. The dictionary describes a maverick as “an unorthodox or independent-minded person.” The word comes from the 1870s

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Honoring Your Strategic Partners

Strategic partnerships are essential for most organizations. We’ve learned that we don’t have to know how to do everything, but we do need to know how to develop partnerships with people and organizations that can accomplish things that we can’t.

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Engage in Conflict

I had an interesting lunch experience today.  I was sitting in the terminal of an unnamed international airport, and sitting next to me were 3 airline executives having lunch and having a conversation.  As I ate, I couldn’t help but

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Organizational Sustainability

Don’t you want to be a part of something that lasts?  Don’t you want to be a part of something that will continue to leave an imprint or impact for years and years? When we talk about things that last,

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