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A Look Inside RESOLVE 2017

May 25, 2017

There were 300 of us seated around tables in a room lit by brilliant sunlight that streamed through the floor to ceiling glass wall. The NCAA headquarters is a beautiful building and a marvelous venue for FirstPerson’s annual RESOLVE conference. The room was absolutely silent but for a stylishly dressed woman who stood on the floral decorated dais. Her black pumps had pearl-studded heels. Her presentation was studded with gems.

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Leaders are Coaches

May 16, 2017

So far in the “Leaders Are…” series, we’ve built the trust , learned through curiosity , and exercised our infuence… now, we’re coaching.

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Engagement: Beliefs Beyond the Buzzword

May 4, 2017

When I was a teacher I had a banner in my classroom that read, “If you don’t stand for something you’ll fall for anything.” I liked it then and I recall it now because knowing your personal values can not only help you successfully navigate the pitfalls and pressures of life, but it also explains one of the most overlooked and under-tapped sources of authentic power and progress - one’s personal convictions and core beliefs.

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Leadership

Setting the Tone

April 27, 2017

The mythological entrepreneur doesn’t have an office. Or maybe she does, but isn’t there often as she’s always on the move. And that’s ok, provided she’s created an environment to grow a culture that emphasizes a shared mission and supports continuous innovation.

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Performance Series 2: Leading an Empowered Organization

April 18, 2017

Mark Twain said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” While this applies to individuals, it also applies to organizations. If an organization wants to perform at an optimum state, it first must answer the questions, “Perform at what?” and “Why perform?” In other words, companies with clear purpose and direction, and whose people have clear purpose and direction, will perform at their best.

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