A Leader Only When You have Followers

By S. Chris Edmonds / July 3, 2010 / 0 Comments

This YouTube video was shot in May 2009 at the Sasquatch Music Festival, which is held at the Gorge Amphitheater outside of Wenatchee, WA. It shows how one shirtless dancing guy creates a wonderful dance party – in minutes – all because of the commitment and willingness of his first follower. I learned about this […]

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How Tolerations Hinder the Values-Aligned Culture

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 27, 2010 / 0 Comments

As part of my work with Blanchard‘s coaching.com team, I was exposed to a very powerful concept: tolerations. This idea is critical to living a values-aligned life in your family, community, or workplace – and to creating the high performance, values-aligned culture. The concept of tolerations was developed by Thomas Leonard, often called the creator […]

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The Power of Praise

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 20, 2010 / 0 Comments

Years ago I was a teacher and coach at a small Catholic girls high school in Southern California. I learned a valuable lesson while there that continues to guide my interactions with others to this day. I was a volleyball player in high school and college – even USVBA-rated for a while – and assistant […]

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The Moral Courage to conduct Difficult Conversations

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 11, 2010 / 3 Comments

I recently facilitated a culture change process kickoff with some of the finest men and women I’ve ever met – uniformed and former Marines who are engaged in a continuous process improvement effort across the Marine Corps. Blanchard has highlighted the US Marine Corps for years as one of the most values-aligned organizations on the […]

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The Culture Change Leader's Secret: Consistency!

By S. Chris Edmonds / June 5, 2010 / 3 Comments

The journey to become a high performing, values aligned organization is both intense and gratifying. Senior leaders may not be aware of it, but they are both the sponsors and drivers of the organization’s current culture. When leading a culture change initiative, scrutiny of senior leader plans, decisions, and actions increases heavily. I tell senior […]

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Memorial Day: Remember Those Who Lost Their Lives in American Wars

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

Monday May 31, 2010, is the USA’s annual Memorial Day celebration, a time to remember the sacrifices made by US service men and women who gave their lives to protect our country and the freedoms we hold so dear. I wanted to learn more about the history of this holiday, so went to the US […]

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