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...
How Do You Know…When to Push Forward, When to Pull Back

How Do You Know…When to Push Forward, When to Pull Back

In his song “The Gambler”, referring to a game of cards, Kenny Rogers sang “You have got to know when to hold ‘em, and know when to fold ‘em… Every time I heard it, I asked myself, “How do I know when to….” Thankfully, Whitney Houston sang “How Will I...
Leading Through Pain, Pandemic, Protests and Personal Loss

Leading Through Pain, Pandemic, Protests and Personal Loss

“Without friction a wheel cannot move forward.”  – Unknown I want to live with an appreciation for the friction in my life which strengthens my leadership skills and makes me more resilient. At InnerWill, one of our five practices of Values Based Leadership is...
Understanding our Past Defining our Future

Understanding our Past Defining our Future

As the saying goes, all history is revisionist. The history of a society, as understood in its collective memory, continually integrates new facts and interpretations of the events that are commonly understood as history. As a leadership development practitioner, the...
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