The Secret Sauce of Leadership: 9 Traits that All Good Leaders Have

Leadership matters.  It’s what separates the good organizations from the bad and the great organizations from the good.  Good leadership is critical for optimizing resources, maximizing employee engagement, aligning organizational activities, and achieving and sustaining high performance.  In fact, research shows that leadership is the number one driver of superior organizational outcomes.  Or, said another […]

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Excellence Decoded: Insights from PENworks 2016

Last week, the Performance Excellence Network hosted our annual (sold out!) PENworks 2016 conference.  The event featured 31 local, regional, and national speakers, each sharing best practices and insights to improve organizational performance and personal and leadership effectiveness.   Some speakers were from large, complex organizations (Cargill, State of MN); some were from small nonprofits […]

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Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Four Minnesota Organizations

For Immediate Release Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Four Minnesota Organizations 2015 MN Performance Excellence Awards Presented at PENworks 2016 Conference; Governor Celebrates Excellence in Minnesota   ST. PAUL, Minn., April 20, 2016 – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, today honors four recipients of the 2015 Performance Excellence Award (formerly […]

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Partnership Brings Good Leadership Skill Development to Performance Excellence Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2016 Partnership Brings Good Leadership Skill Development to Performance Excellence Network Program Helps Organizations Hardwire “Soft” Leadership Skills   Brooklyn Center, MN — The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) and Good Leadership Enterprises launched a partnership today at the annual PENworks conference bringing Good Leadership training to PEN members. The move […]

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PEN to Form Partnership with Good Leadership Enterprises

Performance Excellence Network to Form Partnership with Good Leadership Enterprises April 16, 2016  By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune Training organization will form partnership with leadership group to round itself out The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, and Good Leadership Enterprises will announce a partnership this week at PEN’s annual […]

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Toilet Paper Up or Down? The Power of Comparative Data

I ran across an interesting statistic recently: 68% of Americans place their toilet paper in the holder with the roll coming over the top (rather than underneath).  Interesting.  I guess I’m “normal” (not that placing it the other way is necessarily abnormal).  But I guess it’s been a long debate – Wikipedia has 133 footnotes […]

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The Value of Core Values

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Who knows where these powerful – and timeless – 12 words come from?  Anyone who has raised his right hand with three fingers up (or has/had a son, grandson, or other family member or friend do so) will recognize them as Boy […]

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Change is Difficult; Not Changing is Fatal

Last month, I wrote about how critical it is for organizations to manage change (The Change Imperative: Organizational Survival is Optional).  With all organizations facing an extraordinary level – and accelerating pace – of change, and with nearly 75% of change efforts failing, successfully managing change today could be the difference between success and failure.  […]

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