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What It Takes to Become a Collaborative Leader

In 2015, Ralph Stayer stepped down as CEO of Wisconsin-based Johnsonville Sausage, a position he held for 47 years. He expanded the butcher shop his father gave him into a $1.5 billion dollar global business and the largest sausage brand in the US. What is more interesting is how he transformed himself as the leader of this business that enabled …

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Is It 1933 Again?

Note: This article was written right after Trump had the park in front of the White House cleared of protestors with violence by the military, so he could have a photo op with a Bible. Troops in hoods were lined up on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. But then it happened again in Portland, Oregon, and Kenosha, Wisconsin, followed …

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A Call for Sanity: 7 Key Distinctions Between 20th and 21st Century Leadership

We are living and trying to survive in the 21st Century Digital Age. And yet we are still using 20th Century Industrial Age leadership. This is insane. We can’t address the wide range of complex and systemic challenges facing our society and organizations today by using leadership values, structures, and processes that got us into this mess, and expect different …

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American Ubuntu: Individualism vs. Collective Responsibility

“None of us is safe until all of us are safe.” –UN Secretary-General António Guterres— As Covid-19 continues to spiral out of control, it is revealing a cultural and ethical chasm in our society: Will each of us do what is necessary to protect each other, or is it everyone for themselves? Is it “Me” or “We”? In South African …

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Collaborative Leadership: Is the View Worth the Climb?

The quest for leadership is first an inner question to discover who you are. But there are no freeways to the future…. There’s only wilderness. To step out into the unknown …we…discover that the most critical knowledge…turns out to be self-knowledge. –James M. Kouzes & Barry Z. Posner– The collaborative leadership journey is an inside-out process. It usually starts with …

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