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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The Change Imperative: Organizational Survival is Optional

“Across almost all sectors and regions, [organizations] face unprecedented disruption.  The competitive advantages that once gave [organizations] a defensible position – their product lineup, scale, or legacy position – are no longer as secure as they once were.  In the face of this volatility and complexity, most [organizations] must transform, meaning a comprehensive change in […]

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Sustaining American Excellence

Earlier this month, we celebrated our 239th birthday as a nation.  Most of us probably had a picnic with family, enjoyed a parade, or watched fireworks with friends.  But all of us enjoyed the freedom – the pursuit of life, liberty, and happiness that has made this country strong for nearly a quarter millennia.  Let’s […]

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