Albert Winseman – The Power of a Strengths-Based Team

– Albert L. Winseman, D.Min.   There’s nothing like watching a great team in action. Like many sports fans across North America, I was transfixed by the 2015 NBA finals matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. It was a great series, and Cavaliers star LeBron James almost willed his injury-ridden team…

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Creating Harmonious Cultures: Orchestrating Excellence

– Hugh Ballou You don’t get harmony when everyone sings the same note. – Doug Floyd Teams are like orchestras. People with different skills and personalities create harmony by playing different notes. We can blend by singing the same note; however, most of the time we need color, dimension, and depth in the sound and…

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Point and Counterpoint – Generations in the Nonprofit World

Often in Nonprofit Performance Magazine, we have two viewpoints on topics that impact the overall effectiveness of leaders in a social benefit culture. This isn’t a debate – it’s dialogue from the perspectives of two experienced leaders. The goal is to provide different perspectives to stimulate creative thinking and bring leaders into a new paradigm…

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Nancy Falls – Listening Generously to Others

– Nancy Falls   Generous Listening: Creating Great Teams at the Boardroom Table   Baseball legend Casey Stengel excelled as a player, but he is perhaps most famous for his years as a manager. As he said it so well, “Finding good players is easy. Getting them to play as a team is another story.”…

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Aaron Scheinberg – Veterans Serving on the Home Front

– Aaron Scheinberg   The Mission Continues: Veterans Serving on the Home Front   On Sept. 11, 2001, everything changed. I was one of the 4,000 cadets at the United States Military Academy, West Point, just 40 miles north of the World Trade Center. We soon became acutely aware that our military career would take…

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Roberta Gilbert – Anxious Organizations

– Roberta Gilbert, M.D.   Often leaders complain that their organizations get nothing done: that people are lazy, moody, or have more time for gossip than for work. Sometimes leaders’ criticisms are more specific: they see no creative, forward movement of the group. This state of affairs will soon affect productivity and the bottom line,…

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Joan Snyder Kuhl – The Emerging Millennial Leader

– Joan Snyder Kuhl   The lack of understanding between the generations and within the organization is real. Today, organizations are dealing with a translation issue. Business has a common language that is somehow being misinterpreted amongst the diverse generations in the workforce. In an effort to find the best solution for bridging this gap…

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Derrick Feldmann – Prepare for a Millennial Workforce

– Derrick Feldmann   More than 46 million American employees are aged 20-34. Just as Baby Boomers altered life as their parents knew it, Millennials – a larger cohort than Boomers – are influencing our lives today as much or more, and at an incredibly accelerated pace. Their influence is being felt in the workplace.…

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Kyle Gracey – Closing the Millennial-Board Divide

– Kyle Gracey   To the average Millennial, serving on a board of directors seems as distant as paying off the mortgage or collecting Social Security, if it crosses their mind at all. Similarly, too many board members consider filling open slots with Millennials about as often as they think of filling them with toddlers…

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Drew Lichtenberger – The Ambiguity of Modern Adulthood

– Drew Lichtenberger   “Growing up today is like sliding down a water flume. You’re held tightly around the turns as you move; then all of a sudden you’re ejected into the water.” Matthew, 25, painted this picture in a frank discussion about what it is like being plunged into adulthood.  He did not think…

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