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On January 3, 2019, the world said goodbye to iconic corporate leader Herb Kelleher, co-founder and CEO of Southwest Airlines. Like many, we admired Kelleher for his outstanding, people-focused leadership. In our case, that admiration was also grounded in how...
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Self-confrontation. That’s how New York Times opinion writer David Brooks, in his most recent book The Road to Character, describes the process people with true humility go through routinely. It’s something all of us, especially those in leadership roles, can...
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Is your organization a deliberately developmental one? In their book An Everyone Culture, Robert Kegan and Lisa Lahey write about the power and performance you can unleash in your organization by creating a culture that helps everyone overcome internal barriers...
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They were stuck. Some time ago, the Chicago chapter of an international membership organization approached us for help. The organization had a strong reputation in its sector, but things had been slipping: attendance at monthly programs was down, as was...
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Learn to identify and diminish destructive drama patterns that derail mission. Read More...
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Starting your strategic plan on the back of a napkin. One day, 14 years ago, in a cafe in New York City, John Davidoff sat across from a corporate executive. John listened to the problems his client was having at...
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Is fear standing in the way of your mission? Fear is a powerful emotion. It’s human nature to stay in your comfort zone, avoiding risk and hesitating to trying new things. Biologically, fear produces a sense of anticipation that something bad...
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Most human interactions have some element of drama. You are likely in some degree of drama right now! Given their high-stakes environments, organizations are especially prone to drama. But there’s drama and then there’s drama. In our experience as Mission-Drivers,...
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The organization was at a loss. For over a century the Chicago-area non-profit had worked to combat racism and poverty, using a platform of publishing and community organizing. But like leaders of so many organizations, the non-profit’s executives felt they...
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When Paul Hamann was appointed president of the Night Ministry back in July 2007, he didn’t realize how much of a challenge he’d face in the new role. Hamann had already been a leader in the organization, a Chicago-based nonprofit...
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