Values in Families and Family Businesses

Values in Families and Family Businesses

Every family has values. These values are the filters through which we see the world, interpret data, make decisions, and spend our resources. One of my colleagues had grandparents who were raised on a farm with a value of working hard together. They believed that...
Building Organizational Resiliency

Building Organizational Resiliency

I recently had the opportunity to speak about the transformative impact of Values Based Leadership at the 2020 Tugboat Institute Summit. For the first time since the summit has taken place, the annual gathering of CEOs transitioned to a virtual experience. Over the...
Effective Leaders Are Situational Leaders

Effective Leaders Are Situational Leaders

The key to successful leadership is influence, not authority. – Ken Blanchard Situational Leadership II, the well tested leadership model authored by Ken Blanchard, applies to anyone striving to be an effective leader. Think back to the leader in your life who...
Organizational Values – Weapon or Tool?

Organizational Values – Weapon or Tool?

In a recent survey of over 200 CEOs, Fortune magazine asked, “What is the single-most important thing the crisis has taught you?”  One of the top answers was “Leadership and Values matter always, but especially in a crisis.”  It seems that the importance of both...
Commitment vs Compliance

Commitment vs Compliance

My grandfather was an entrepreneur, and I grew up working in our family businesses. When I was young, we had a heavy equipment repair shop, and a family farm, and a sawmill. When the repair shop burned down and the sawmill went bankrupt, my grandfather started an...
Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit

Where You Stand Depends on Where You Sit

When I walk through the gym doors for those Friday night basketball games, I feel at home. The aroma of hot dogs on the grill fills the air as the sound of basketballs bouncing fills my ears. Cheering, chanting, joyful laughter, kids hamming it up, and parents taking...
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