Managing by Announcements – How NOT to Lead Change

By S. Chris Edmonds / December 13, 2010 / 0 Comments

I recently facilitated a discovery call with one of my sales partners and a new client. We asked our contacts, directors in a medium-sized service business, about the issues they were facing and what outcomes they’d love from the proposed initiative. We learned how market changes now require very different behaviors from company staff. The […]

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Genuine Leadership, On and Off the Field

By S. Chris Edmonds / December 6, 2010 / 0 Comments

In December 2010, Sports Illustrated recognized Drew Brees, the quarterback of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, as their 2010 Sportsman of the Year. It is an award well-earned for Brees, who came into the Saints organization a bruised and battered player . . . and into a region that was nearly destroyed by Hurricane Katrina. […]

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Culture Leadership Requires Courage

By S. Chris Edmonds / November 29, 2010 / 0 Comments

Many of you have honey in your kitchens. Think for a moment about how honey is created. It starts with worker bees completely and wholeheartedly dedicated to the success of both the hive and the queen bee’s vision. The worker bees trust the queen bee absolutely. Usually, the hive is able to thrive, even in […]

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Authentic Leadership Requires Personal Connection

By S. Chris Edmonds / November 22, 2010 / 0 Comments

I am always on the lookout for trends and research in leadership and culture. When I’m present (and not buried in getting things done – which is all to easy for me to do), I am able to notice those trends, examine them for patterns, and come to conclusions that advance my learning about leadership […]

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Create a Culture Where Discretionary Energy Thrives

By S. Chris Edmonds / November 15, 2010 / 0 Comments

To what extent does your organization’s culture enable individual staff to be fully present and apply their discretionary energy? Like the Formula One Ferrari pictured at left, a high performing, values-aligned organization must have every moving part focused on speed, efficiency, agility, and durability . . . or the race will not be won. There […]

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Ford CEO: Employee Involvement is a Top Priority

By S. Chris Edmonds / November 8, 2010 / 0 Comments

On my flight back to Denver from Houston last week I had the pleasure of sitting next to a consultant from Ethisphere. The research-based Ethisphere Institute is a leading international think-tank dedicated to the creation, advancement and sharing of best practices in business ethics, corporate social responsibility, anti-corruption and sustainability. I was thrilled to learn […]

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