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What Really Is The American Dream?

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

The American dream is that dream of a land in which life should be richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement. Quote Attributed to: James Truslow Adams For months I have been responding to articles and posts that misrepresent the American Dream. I do this because I believe […]

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How To Lead A values-Based Life

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier. Quote attributed to Roy E. Disney Have you ever been confused on which decision to take when faced with a complicated issue?  We all face situations that challenge our ethics.  We want to do the right thing, but it isn’t always clear what the […]

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What Impact Will Brexit Have On Brand America?

Wednesday, June 29th, 2016

If Not Us, Who?  If Not Now When? quote attributed to John F. Kennedy I have been keeping an eye on the expert assessment of the impact Brexit may have on Brand America. As you’d expect, the initial focus has been on the economic and trade impact the vote might have on the United States. […]

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How To Constructively Resolve Conflict

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Creativity comes from a conflict of ideas. Quote attributed to: Donatella Versace Unfortunately in the practice of economic development conflict is inevitable. Addressing it is part of the job. Unfortunately, conflict makes many economic development professionals feel uncomfortable and (as a result) it is too often avoided. But, avoiding the problem doesn’t resolve it. In […]

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A Leadership Challenge For You

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

Our behavior is governed by principles.  Living in harmony with them brings positive consequences; violating them brings negative consequences. Quote attributed to Stephen Covey I recently watched Robert McDonald give testimony to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee regarding the VA’s strategic plan to improve medical service. Bob is now the 8th United States Secretary of Veterans […]

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Tips For Team Managed Projects

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

We are not a team because we work together; we are a team because we respect, trust and care for each other. I got so many great comments on my last post about effective project management. I thought I’d provide some additional perspective you might find helpful. The overarching message is that using teams to […]

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5-E Leadership Model As A Diagnostic Or Planning Tool

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

Leadership is not wielding authority it’s empowering people. Quote attributed to Becky Brodin Leading can be a challenge, whether it is in regard to leading people or leading a project. In some respects leading is like casting with a fly rod. The basics can be learned reasonably fast, but mastery takes a lifetime. It helps […]

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How To Be A Great Coach

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Train people well enough so they can leave. Treat them well enough they don’t want to. Quote attributed to: Richard Branson Okay, so now you a Marketing Manager. This means you are a very strong marketer who now has the responsibility to develop people’s skills. Now is the time to make an even broader impact on your organization.  This is […]

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Kara Wood Talks About Regionalism – 40 Under 40 Winner

Saturday, October 24th, 2015

Kara Wood leads the city of Grand Rapids’ economic development efforts and guides community business leaders in the advancement of the city’s economic growth through public-private partnerships and assists developers in implementing a variety of development finance incentives. In addition, she advocates for legislative issues to support economic development in the West Michigan region. Kara […]

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Getting Things Done In Alliances

Sunday, September 6th, 2015

As the world gets increasingly complex, alliances become more and more necessary to effectively compete. But, alliance management can be pretty tricky business.

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