We Are Not Building a Volkswagen

By Matt Dierdorff

        Metaphors shape us in incredibly meaningful ways.  They often serve as a North Star of sorts, helping us chart a significant course.  They unlock and make accessible complex concepts. Unfortunately, when we embrace faulty metaphors we get off track and misunderstand important ideas.  So radically shaped by a particularly misguiding mental image, it is onl

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Mini-Bars in Cubicles & Horse Racing in the Break Room?

By Matt Dierdorff

        We are not without dysfunction. In light of many variables involved in our nature/nurture make-up we lean toward destructive encounters. Some of these dysfunctions have become more formalized than others and are worked out in official 12-step groups, with Alcoholics Anonymous being the pioneer in this field. They have been joined by those who chronically abuse other sub

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Finding Mission in Omission

By Matt Dierdorff

Sculpting is the art of removing what is unnecessary to reveal what is profound. The white space in a painting or photograph gives depth to the subject. It is the "rest" in the midst of the musical composition that allows the melody to stand out. In leadership it is often the act ofomission which gives rise to meaningful mission. Not only are there important things we simply ca

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Trusting the Process, or "When the Director Takes Their Seat"

By Matt Dierdorff

        I believe that if we only search for leadership truths in resources from the leadership and personal improvement section of the bookstore, we deprive ourselves of insight which exist beyond that realm. Innovative leadership calls us to always have our antenna up for approaches, metaphors and models in arenas that in no way purport themselves to be leadership laboratorie

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Metronome: The Value of Cadence in a Leader's Life

By Matt Dierdorff

Email. Dishes. Soccer Games. Laundry. Grief. New friends. Tailgates. Voicemail. Conflict. Homework. Lawncare. Parent-teach conferences. Old friends. Twitter. Bills. Deadlines. Instagram. Dinner. Meetings. Cardio. Online course. Paperwork. Doctor’s Appointment. Performance Review. More Meetings. Science Project. Business Presentation.        Our lives often resemble ts

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Managing Leaders: Dealing with Dysfunctional Team Members

By Matt Dierdorff

I was recently in conversation with a friend who is in the midst of some conflict within their management position. In order to better manage this conflict they’ve chosen to bring someone in to serve in a coaching/consultant capacity. This friend shared the frustration they experienced as this third party, instead of confronting the toxic realities of some of the team members, instead asked

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Creating Environments for Growth: The Reading, Writing & Rithmetic of Professional Development

By Matt Dierdorff

     In 1907 Will Cobb and Gus Edwards laid out their 3 “R’s” of Education in the lyrics of their catchy little ditty “School Days”, when they spoke of “Reading, Writing & ‘Rithmetic”. In addition to playing fast and loose with alliteration, they reminded us that there are core concepts at the heart of learning. As life beyond

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Is Failure a Courtroom or a Classroom?

By Matt Dierdorff

    Indictment. It is what we guard against most often when we shrink back from the prospect of failure. There is something behind those imposing wooden doors marked “Risk”. Once opened, we expect to find a stern-faced jury of our peers exacting a verdict on who we are and where we’ve fallen short. The sentence, we believe, includes time in the

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Top 5 Reasons Why Self-Awareness Is An Important Skill For Creating Positive Change

By Toie Martin

Self-Awareness. It’s not just for hippies and gurus anymore! Self-awareness is our ability to recognize and understand our feelings and emotions. It might sound mushy and kumbayahish, but being aware of who we are and what is important to us is the first (and possibly the most important) skill for creating successful change in any environment.  Here’s why…

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Self-Confident Style

By Dave Oakes

“Star Quality”Self-Confident individuals stand out. They’re the leaders, the shining lights, the attention getters in their public or private spheres. Theirs is a star quality born of self-regard, self-respect, self certainty-all those self words that denote a faith in oneself and a commitment to one’s self styled purpose. Combined with ambition that marks this style, t

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