Leadership

Visionaries v. Leaders: Who Does Your Organization Need Most?

Visionaries v. Leaders: Who Does Your Organization Need Most?

Is there a difference between a visionary and a leader in an organization? If you posed the question to a C-suite professional who’s led by a so-called “visionary leader,” they might say that a visionary and a leader are one in the same; any individual can exhibit both qualities. While …

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When a Crisis Becomes an Opportunity

The First Important Steps to Navigating Ambiguity

“When written in Chinese, the word crisis is composed of two characters—one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.”  – John F. Kennedy In times of great uncertainty, the first impulse is to be cautious. Yet, history has shown that those who follow through on new and bold ideas can …

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Before You Grow: Balancing Creative Vision with Operational Leadership

Before You Grow: Balancing Creative Vision with Operational Leadership

Question marks can create conflict. Organizations that were previously comfortable with their seemingly solid plans for personnel engagement and conflict resolution have learned the hard way that most humans do not thrive in chaos or uncertainty. Morale is at rock bottom for many as the pandemic drags on and even …

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The Executive’s Guide to Corporate Culture

The Executive’s Guide to Corporate Culture

Gone are the days of long work hours isolated in cubicles, creating reports for distant managers. Instead, with the unemployment rate at 3.7%, employees have the power to demand more fulfilling conditions. With employees in power, many businesses are now catering to their workers with the same attention that they …

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How Leadership Can Make or Break Organizational Culture

How Leadership Can Make or Break Organizational Culture

Did you know that 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe that having a distinct workplace culture is important for a business’s advancement? There’s a good reason why this belief is so widespread; one study found that companies with performance-enhancing cultures enjoyed a 628% increase in revenue over an eleven-year period, while companies …

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Leadership

From the Trenches

Leadership is a subject I’ve thought a lot about over the years. I have the good fortune to work with some excellent leaders…and some that never thought about the subject at all even though they were in a leadership role. The pandemic crisis and the resulting economic fallout have made …

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The Importance of Corporate Culture

The Importance of Corporate Culture

Culture is all around us; it’s at the core of every group we belong to, from our families to our cities to our nations, holding us together like glue. The shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that come with cultures not only foster social cohesion but also determine what an …

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Leadership in the Era of COVID-19: An Interview with 3 CEOs

Leadership in the Era of COVID-19: An Interview with 3 CEOs

Excerpt from the Corporate Leadership Breakfast Series hosted by California Lutheran University Interviews with: Janet Garufis, Chairman and CEO, Montecito Bank & TrustLarry Scherzer, CEO, Scherzer InternationalDeborah Sweeney, CEO, MyCorporation Q.  What changes have you made in your leadership style to deal with the COVID-19 crisis? GARUFIS:A shared leadership model …

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