One Overlooked Element that Can Stop or Supercharge Any Project

Leaders know that good data is essential to good decisions. But what data?       Data is the first of four elements from a simple acronym DPPE. It stands for Data, Purpose, Plan, Evaluate.   DPPE, as I learned from mentors, is a good way to categorize project phases as well as many small to complex leadership tasks. These may include: Updating […]


Why Making A Vision Board is the Smartest Thing You’ll Do This Year

When successful athletes execute any winning moves, they repeatedly visualize themselves making those moves in their minds. In time those moves become ingrained so that when the opportunities arise, those moves take place automatically, for the win. Stephen Covey and others have shared that everything is created twice. That is before something is created in […]


Seven Ways New NonProfit Leaders Succeed the First Year on the Job

Leadership skill is built upon skilled listening, including listening to yourself for health and wellness.  Busy leaders know intellectually that taking care of yourself is how you are best able to take care of others.  The challenge, in this part three of our series, continues to be putting this principle into disciplined, regular practice.  Leadership coaching, as my clients have told me, has […]


Nonprofit Leader Partnerships: How to Achieve the Right Balance

Like a well-played symphony, when nonprofit leaders partner well with their staff and volunteers, magic happens.  Leadership in the nonprofit sector requires a unique balance of communication, coordination, and collaboration whether it is in professional societies, universities or colleges, trade associations, or faith-based or charitable organizations. Though a board of directors or council holds ultimate legal and fiduciary responsibility, […]


Courage for New Leaders To Listen & Learn in the New Year

It takes courage to listen. Whether it’s a first or fifth transition to a new leader role, these non-profit leadership lessons learned are timeless. Pause, reflect, choose (from horse-guided leadership & learning.) In your first months, resist the urgent and not important tasks and follow these practical steps to ensure your success.   Many new leaders have […]


Leaders and Best: 5 Keys to Sustaining Engagement in #SocialMedia Integrated #Healthcare

Yes, you CAN make a difference in the lives of your current and prospective employees and patients using#SocialMedia Integrated #HealthCare.  As mentioned in the presentation below, a Latin motto, Suus non ut Difficile, is translated to English as “It’s not that hard.” It is the motto of Social Media University, Global (SMUG) at the Mayo […]


10 Reasons Why Online Community Works: Using Secret Groups on Facebook

People will join groups when there is an unmet need. The refinements of online group social media platforms like Ning, Facebook and the neighborhood platform, NextDoor have made facilitating IRL connections as in, “In Real Life,” easier than ever. Online groups also transcend the generation divide. One reason is that Facebook continues to grow in […]


Leaders Know Talent Wins: 4 Strategies to Ramp Up Retention

Successful organizations focus on people as well as profits, often built with talented staff that take action as co-owners of the business. Twenty-first century talent retention practices can build greater success in your organization. Here’s are 4 ways leaders can help this happen: 1) Check your “hire smart” bench strength & compensation Nothing breeds success like talented staff and the […]


4 Leadership Lessons from Horse-Guided Coaching

What can a 1200 pound horse teach you about leadership? In 2010, I found out as Cherokee walked up and chose me in an experience that has forever changed the way I relate to both people and animals in my professional and personal work as a coach and consultant. The photos below reflect my early […]


6 Steps Beyond Industrial Age Performance Appraisals

It takes courage, tenacity and teamwork to let go of performance appraisal practices and industrial age thinking.  In our  post 9-11, post financial meltdown, “New Normal,”  business will never be again as it was.  It’s tough, though, to leave our rootedness in twentieth century business practices.  For example, note this recent entry in Wikipedia:      “As of 2013 electric power […]