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What Makes a Great Leader? Self-Awareness is a Good Start.

Posted by Susan Sullivan on Aug 19, 2015 12:00:00 PM

If you are in a leadership role—or you aspire to a leadership role—consider spending time on a regular basis thinking about how and what your words, actions and behaviors are communicating to your employees, colleagues and peers.

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Topics: Leadership, Leadership Strategies

‘Culture’ as a Leadership Verb

Posted by Laura Wilson on Aug 12, 2015 12:00:00 PM

In the late 1800s, the son of a Japanese noodle maker patented a process for culturing pearls by seeding oysters. Though he was not the first to patent pearl culturing, he was the first to master a technique that produced consistently round results. Today, few would recognize the names of the original patent holders, but the name of Kokichi Mikimoto lives on through his namesake pearls. Less well known is that all Mikimoto pearls are cultured, not natural.

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Topics: Leadership, Culture

Email Detox

Posted by Laura Wilson on Aug 5, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Last year my husband and I had the good fortune to travel to St. Maarten for a spring getaway. It was a fairly short trip, but I was dead determined to bring along my iPad so that I could stay in email contact with the work world, “just in case.”

It turns out that there were no emergencies and, even if there had been, I could have been reached by hotel phone. So why on earth did I lug my iPad into a Caribbean paradise vacation? Couldn’t I have used the trip as an opportunity for email detox?

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Topics: Leadership, Time Management

Stanford Survey: The Good, Bad and Ugly of Nonprofit Boards

Posted by Leslie Murphy, FASAE, CAE on Jul 29, 2015 12:00:00 PM

As someone who has collaborated and consulted with hundreds of nonprofit board members over the years, I’ve had the privilege of working with some truly great ones.

But I’ve also encountered some who had trouble hitting their stride. It wasn’t that they didn’t care about their organization’s mission or their obligations as a board member—rather, they simply didn’t have access to the needed skills or experience to truly make an impact.

The Stanford University Graduate School of Business recently released its 2015 report summarizing survey data from 924 directors of nonprofit organizations. What does the data reveal? Most boards could make substantial improvements. Here are two key takeaways.

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Topics: Board of Directors, Leadership, Nonprofit Boards

Emotional Intelligence—Learn How to Boost Your Business EQ

Posted by Brooke Billingsley on Jun 24, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Why would anyone want to send out an assessment to their co-workers, direct reports, managers, clients and vendors asking them to rate their emotional intelligence? The mere thought of being evaluated can make some nauseous. Recently, in preparation for a day-long training, I had to send a 360 degree assessment to professionals with whom I interact. The assessment would be used in a detailed report I would receive as part of my Emotional and Social Competency Inventory Accreditation with the Hay Group.

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Topics: Leadership, Associations, Annual Convention, Emotional Intelligence

Lighten Up: Using Mindfulness to Awaken the Leader Within

Posted by Kim Paugh, CAE on Jun 10, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Association professionals are no stranger to hectic schedules and stress. Each year the ISAE Convention provides an escape from the daily grind to give you new ideas to grow your organization and make you a more successful professional. This year, the 2015 Annual Convention offers many ways to help you grow professionally and handle the daily pressures of association life including sessions on emotional intelligence, organizational leadership, productivity and mindfulness.

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Topics: Leadership, Associations, Annual Convention

What's in Your Leadership Toolbox?

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 25, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Years ago, as I was working through my MBA program, in each class I took I found one great takeaway or tool to put away. If you visited my office today you would see a binder on my shelf labeled “MBA Toolbox.” In my not-for-profit association world, I use and add to it regularly. I really need to get around to relabeling it as my “Leadership Toolbox.” Here are some of my favorite tools I have gathered over the years.

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Topics: Board of Directors, Leadership, Association Executives

Board Onboard

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 18, 2015 12:00:00 PM

Wait for it, wait for it…there it is—new leadership. Leader changeover is ongoing but if your organization is anything like mine, the number and type of new leaders is growing as social demographic changes naturally occur. As long time current baby boomer leaders move out, the need for orienting and onboarding new leaders becomes critical. This week instead of my musings I thought it better to ask our peers for one piece of advice: “What is the one tip you suggest to onboard new board members and officers?”

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Topics: Board of Directors, Leadership, Association Executives

Leaders Need to Put on Their Thinking Hat

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 11, 2015 12:00:00 PM

I once had a boss come into my office as I was working on a problem and staring out my window. He asked what was I doing and I told him I was “thinking.” He told me to “get back to work.” That is the irony of believing activity equals productivity. Leaders know thinking is the most important work you do.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

Leading from the Second Chair

Posted by Jay Dziwlik, MBA, CAE on Mar 4, 2015 12:00:00 PM

A friend of mine recently challenged me with the statement “If you want to lead well you first must follow well.” As an assistant executive director for many years, my attention was sparked to reflect on my role in leading as the #2. It has been said the hardest instrument to play is second fiddle. The bookstores are full of leadership tomes that espouse how to lead up front but few directly address how to do so from the second chair.

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Topics: Leadership, Association Executives

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