Leadership is Transformation of Self, Then Organization

– Hugh Ballou   Examine the word transform. It does not merely mean change, or we would use that word. It is a verb with an expanded vision and is much more transcendent. It implies a deeper, more fundamental alteration of our very form (to trans – form). The continuing process of transformation begins with…

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Nonprofit Board Idea Generation

– Hugh Ballou   Utilizing the nonprofit board of directors properly is an uphill climb for most leaders, whether leading a religious institution, local charity, national nonprofit, or educational organization. We’ve been taught leadership wrong and we have inherited systems that aren’t working for maximum effectiveness. In fact, in my 30+ years of work with…

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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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Successful Leaders Have a Passion for Giving Back

– Hugh Ballou   Giving is part of success. Transformational Leaders focus on vision, build leaders on teams, transform vision into reality, create a culture of excellence, and leave a legacy. Giving back shows up in many forms. At CEO Space International’s Business Growth Conferences, new members are told not to ask for anything, instead…

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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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Boomers and Millennials in Leadership: Lots in Common

– Hugh Ballou   Often we spend energy and brainpower viewing differences and observing problems based on those differences. With reverse paradigms, we can look at the similarities. Millennials and Baby Boomers make good teams and have lots in common if: They are self-aware and understand their own and others’ preferences. They desire a collaborative…

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Nonprofit Boards: Connected by Values, Guided by Principles

– Hugh Ballou   A non-profit board is looking after the governance of the organization and safeguarding its mission… as a board member I feel this responsibility even more keenly as it is even more critical in difficult economic times and where headlines are creating doubts in the minds of donors and stakeholders. – Lucy…

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