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What a 5th-Grader Taught Me About Influence

What a 5th-Grader Taught Me About Influence

Our 5th-grade daughter explained a recess conundrum that she and a few friends were facing during a recent dinner table conversation. During recess, each 5th-grade class is separated on the school grounds — one class using the playground area, the other class using...

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Are You Mentally Tough?

Are You Mentally Tough?

We have rounded out a year of life with a global pandemic that has tested, challenged, and jolted us as individuals and as a society in extraordinary ways. The mental health effects are astounding and will likely continue for many years. For several months I have been...

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Lean in a Post-COVID World

Lean in a Post-COVID World

Now that we are moving towards a post-COVID-19 world, you may be wondering what will change? What will stay the same?  I know I am.  In some respects, I know that COVID-19 has brought a wave of change that will continue. We have gone into increased Zoom/MS Teams...

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There Is Power in Service

There Is Power in Service

Leaders such as Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandella, Martin Luther King Jr., John C. Maxwell, S. Truett Cathy, and others are often referenced as examples of great leaders.  Why?  It’s because each of them is or were committed to a cause bigger than themselves, lead by...

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Create an Effective Virtual Learning Experience

Create an Effective Virtual Learning Experience

Last March, I enjoyed co-teaching one week of a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt class to a group of healthcare professionals. The group already completed a two-week Green Belt training course and led an improvement project in their respective hospitals. As certified Green...

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How to Keep Remote Teams Aligned

How to Keep Remote Teams Aligned

As the world begins to slowly reopen, many organizations are choosing to keep their employees at home. Not only do they want to keep everyone safe, but many are also finding that operations can continue and employees can stay productive while being remote. In addition...

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Rich Data, Poor Data

Rich Data, Poor Data

We live in a world of big data, which gets used in countless ways. “Big data” refers to data that is so large, fast or complex that it’s difficult or impossible to process using traditional methods and gained momentum in the early 2000s. The way organizations manage...

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Why We Need Critical Thinking Now

Why We Need Critical Thinking Now

From its intellectual roots in the teaching, practice, and vision of Socrates 2,500 years ago, critical thinking is an essential part of life. Critical thinking is the ability to interpret, analyze, evaluate, explain, and find results in uncertain situations. It is...

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