Reflections, Jill Stefani Wagner

2009 Table of Contents

Humble Leaders and Organizational Humility

Humble Leaders and Organizational Humility

Patrick Lencioni

Lying at the heart of the scandals and corporate collapses on the front pages today may be a fundamental misunderstanding of the true nature of leadership. Three great institutions demonstrate the most important ingredient of success.

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Would Someone Please Dissent?

Would Someone Please Dissent?

Jim Woods

When making team decisions, everyone brings unique perspectives to the table, and the resulting disagreement should not be avoided. Generative thinking helps us understand how to leverage these conflicting perspectives for the benefit of the organization.

On the Same Page

On the Same Page

A Conversation with Joe Dumars

The Detroit Pistons have enjoyed tremendous success for more than six years. This is no accident. Former star player and current President Joe Dumars shares winning principles that apply to any organization in any industry.

Confidence > Comfort

Confidence > Comfort

John D. Anderson

Many successful executives are surprised to find themselves very uncomfortable in what they thought was the “good life,” but this should be expected when the “good life” is the goal. The challenge is to find confidence in discomfort.

More Than a Title

More Than a Title

Ellen Bryson

The words on a business card don’t make someone a leader. What does real leadership look like? The word itself offers an answer and a simple way to remember.

Managing the Family Business

Managing the Family Business

David Dudon

When business issues and family issues are the same thing, the challenges in each institution multiply. Adhering to three key disciplines will ensure that family remain allies and make life much easier for everyone involved.

The Achilles Heel of Nonprofits

The Achilles Heel of Nonprofits

Chris Elias

Nonprofit organizations may think that low budgets are their primary obstacles to retaining employees, but money is rarely the sole reason an employee leaves. Strategic discipline enables nonprofits to target the one inherent advantage they already have in attracting talent.

Timeless Concepts of Leadership & Management

Timeless Concepts of Leadership & Management

Prafulla Pande

Today’s winning business principles are not rocket science. They are also nothing new, as revealed by the writings of a B.C.-era thinker from the other side of the world.

The Benefits of Awards

The Benefits of Awards

Perspectives from Three Award-Winning CEOs

Awards are everywhere, and just about anyone can win one for something. However, don’t let their abundance diminish their potential significance to your organization. Three CEOs share how awards have helped their organizations in ways that go far beyond marketing.

Releasing the Martyrs

Releasing the Martyrs

Cyndi Gave

As young companies grow, the CEO often decides he must part ways with the very people who helped build the business. These may be tough decisions, but if approached correctly, they can – and should – benefit everyone involved.

Preparing Your Business for Sale

Preparing Your Business for Sale

Jeff & Tracey Wills

Many small businesses eventually sell to larger organizations. Even if they don’t, however, operating as if they will can help drive discipline at all levels and increase the company’s value, regardless of who owns it.

BHAG This, BHAG That…

BHAG This, BHAG That…

Troy Schrock

The BHAG concept, first identified by authors Jim Collins and Jerry Porras, is a powerful tool for rallying an organization around shared vision. The challenge is to avoid rendering it meaningless by misapplication or overuse.

Artist Profiles

Artist Profiles

Jill Stefani Wagner and Ilivia Marin Yudkin

Jill Stefani Wagner’s watercolor paintings and pastel drawings have been exhibited in solo and group exhibitions throughout the Midwest. Ilivia Marin Yudkin is a painter, designer, and photographer whose work is strongly influenced by her world travels.