A Diverse Vision of Effective Leadership

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  Much of my work involves gathering insights from communities of color and reporting those insights to organizations who wish to partner with and/or serve them. During this process, I am often charged with engaging community leaders. The traditional image … Continued

How Organizational Assessment Addresses Team Effectiveness

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  Leaders often view organizational assessments as away of evaluating the existence and effectiveness of organizational systems. And they can be a great tool for that purpose. But getting a pulse on the human factor within organizations is also an … Continued

Navigating the Changing Landscape of Strategic Planning

You are on vacation and you carefully plan a hike on the National Park Trail System.  You choose one of the many paths that result in reaching a summit that rewards your efforts with a spectacular view.  Then, on the … Continued

Performance Evaluation Support for the Busy Board – by Karen De Young

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  Due to my personal and professional interests, I have worked with, and been a member of, a number of Boards of Directors.  Throughout my board involvement I have seen firsthand how busy members are: completing their duties to support … Continued

Honoring the Practice of Community Engagement by Karen DeYoung

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…the process of working collaboratively with and through groups of people affiliated by geographic proximity, special interest, or similar situations to address issues affecting the well-being of those people. – CDC, Principles of Community Engagement* I was recently reminded of … Continued

Congratulations on Your Engagement!

“Research indicates that workers have three prime needs: Interesting work, recognition for doing a good job, and being let in on things that are going on in the company.”–Zig Ziglar   Over the course of my 20 years working with organizations … Continued

It’s A Matter of Trust

    “Your reputation and integrity are everything. Follow through on what you say you’re going to do. Your credibility can only be built over time, and it is built from the history of your words and actions.” – Maria … Continued

Building Blocks for Multicultural Coalitions

  I’m at the tail end of a project in which I’m facilitating an organizational development process for an asset building coalition to determine what its permanent organizational structure should be.  (In this case, asset building involves advocating for policies … Continued

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