How good are you at Planning and Organizing?

Did you know that Planning and Organizing is a competency that you can develop? We define the Planning and Organizing competency as, "Establishing courses of action to ensure that work is completed effectively." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Planning and Organizing?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Planning and Organizing?

Those with a highly developed skill of Planning and Organizing exhibit the following:

  • Works effectively within established systems.
  • Utilizes logical, practical and efficient approaches.
  • Prioritizes tasks for optimum productivity.
  • Develops procedures, processes, and systems for order, accuracy, efficiency, and productivity.
  • Anticipates probable effects, outcomes, and risks.
  • Develops contingency plans to minimize waste, error, and risk.
  • Allocates adjusts and manages...
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How good are you at Personal Accountability?

Did you know that Personal Accountability is a competency that you can develop? We define the Personal Accountability competency as, "Being answerable for personal actions." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Personal Accountability?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Personal Accountability?

Those with a highly developed skill of Personal Accountability exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates the ability to self evaluate.
  • Strives to take responsibility for his actions.
  • Evaluates many aspects of his personal actions.
  • Recognizes when he has made a mistake.
  • Accepts personal responsibility for outcomes.
  • Utilizes feedback.
  • Observes and analyzes data to learn from mistakes.
  • Sees new possibilities by examining personal performance.
  • Accepts responsibility for actions and results.
  • Willing to take ownership of...
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How good are you at Negotiation?

Did you know that Negotiation is a competency that you can develop? We define the Negotiation competency as, "Listening to many points of view and facilitating agreements between two or more parties." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Negotiation?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Negotiation?

Those with a highly developed skill of Negotiation exhibit the following:

  • Understands both parties must get something they want before agreement is feasible.
  • Listens to identify and understand what each party wants.
  • Determines what each party is willing to accept in an agreement.
  • Establishes a non-threatening environment conducive to open communication for discussing possible terms of agreement.
  • Develops the terms for an agreement.
  • Ensures each party understands the terms of agreement.
  • Binds agreements...
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How good are you at Leadership?

Did you know that Leadership is a competency that you can develop? We define the Leadership competency as, "Organizing and influencing people to believe in a vision while creating a sense of purpose and direction." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Leadership?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Leadership?

Those with a highly developed skill of Leadership exhibit the following:

  • Inspires others with compelling visions.
  • Takes risks for the sake of purpose, vision or mission.
  • Builds trust and demonstrates integrity with a noticeable congruence between words and actions.
  • Demonstrates optimism and positive expectations of others.
  • Delegates appropriate levels of responsibility and authority.
  • Involves people in decisions that affect them.
  • Addresses performance issues promptly, fairly and consistently.
  • ...
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How good are you at Interpersonal Skills?

Did you know that Interpersonal Skills is a competency that you can develop? We define the Interpersonal Skills competency as, "Effectively communicating, building rapport and relating well to all kinds of people." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Interpersonal Skills?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Interpersonal Skills?

Those with a highly developed skill of Interpersonal Skills exhibit the following:

  • Strives for self-awareness in a social setting.
  • Demonstrates sincere interest in others.
  • Treats all people with respect, courtesy and consideration.
  • Respects differences in the attitudes and perspectives of others.
  • Listens, observes and strives to gain understanding of others.
  • Communicates effectively.
  • Shows sensitivity to diversity issues.
  • Develops and maintains relationships with many...
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How good are you at Influencing Others?

Did you know that Influencing Others is a competency that you can develop? We define the Influencing Others competency as, "Personally affecting others’ actions, decisions, opinions or thinking." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Influencing Others?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Influencing Others?

Those with a highly developed skill of Influencing Others exhibit the following:

  • Utilizes the knowledge of others’ needs, wants, beliefs, attitudes, and behavior to promote a concept, product or service.
  • Builds trust and credibility before attempting to promote concepts, products or services.
  • Understands and utilizes the behaviors of others to personally affect an outcome.
  • Uses logic and reason to develop rational arguments that challenge current assumptions.
  • Identifies and addresses...
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Mission-Driven Non Profits and Their Challenge with Artificial Harmony

In on of his best books called, The Advantage: Why Organizational Health Trumps Everything Else In Business, Patrick Lencioni says,

“Nowhere does the tendency toward artificial harmony show itself more than in mission-driven non-profit organizations. People in those organizations tend to have the misguided idea that they cannot be frustrated or disagreeable with one another. What they’re doing is confusing being nice with being kind.”

If you work at mission-driven non-profit, chances are you know exactly what Mr. Lencioni is referring to.  There can be an undercurrent of intangible artificial harmony that hovers on the surface of interactions but when the layers are pulled back there is often deep hurt, frustration, irritation, and loss in the way the organization functions and people interact.

Sadly, many in leadership unknowingly believe that their cause and mission should be enough to unify, align and grow a healthy team.  And it may...

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How good are you at Goal Orientation?

Did you know that Goal Orientation is a competency that you can develop? We define the Goal Orientation competency as, "Setting, pursuing and attaining goals, regardless of obstacles or circumstances." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Goal Orientation?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Goal Orientation?

Those with a highly developed skill of Goal Orientation exhibit the following:

  • Acts instinctively to achieve objectives without supervision.
  • Expends the necessary time and effort to achieve goals.
  • Recognizes and acts on opportunities to advance progress to meet goals.
  • Establishes and works toward ambitious and challenging goals.
  • Develops and implements strategies to meet objectives.
  • Measures effectiveness and performance to ensure results are attained.
  • Acts with a determination to achieve goals.
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How good are you at Flexibility?

Did you know that Flexibility is a competency that you can develop? We define the Flexibility competency as, "Readily modifying, responding and adapting to change with minimal resistance." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Flexibility?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Flexibility?

Those with a highly developed skill of Flexibility exhibit the following:

  • Responds promptly to shifts in direction, priorities and schedules.
  • Demonstrates agility in accepting new ideas, approaches and/or methods.
  • Effective in shifting priorities and tasks.
  • Modifies methods or strategies to fit changing circumstances.
  • Adapts personal style to work with different people.
  • Maintains productivity during transitions.
  • Embraces and/or champions a shift in activity.
  • Strives to adapt to situational demands.
  • Capable of changing...
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How good are you at Futuristic Thinking?

Did you know that Futuristic Thinking is a competency that you can develop? We define the Futuristic Thinking competency as, "Imagining, envisioning, projecting and/or creating what has not yet been actualized." Who do you know who is highly skilled at Futuristic Thinking?

With practice, you can grow and develop this skill just like other "hard skills" you might be good at like cooking, public speaking, employee coaching, or playing golf.

How do I grow as a leader: Futuristic Thinking?

Those with a highly developed skill of Futuristic Thinking exhibit the following:

  • Demonstrates an ability to connect the dots and see the big picture.
  • Looks beyond the forces driving the current reality that may have long-term effects.
  • Utilizes foresight and intuitive perception as well as factual events to draw inferences.
  • Recognizes, supports and/or champions cutting-edge ideas.
  • Anticipates future trends or events.
  • Envisions possibilities others may not.
  • Imagines and/or predicts...
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