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Five Truths About Leadership

There’s plenty of talk about leadership these days. Whenever you tune into a subject, you seem to attract more of it. Similar to when you purchase a yellow car, you start seeing more yellow cars on the road. The same has happened with leadership. As I started talking more openly about the importance of leadership,...
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Effective Communication: The 3 Things We Should Know and Practice

It’s been said that communication is the single most important skill to the success of individuals in all aspects of life.  I often listen to the advice that great communicators have to offer, such as Oprah Winfrey, Tony Robins, John Maxwell, Les Brown, and others. I also listen to experts dissect the different communication styles...
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The Five Qualities of a Highly Impactful Team

It takes a team…! Whenever you see a successful leader, there is certainly a capable team beside that leader. As Dr. John C. Maxwell stated:  “One is too small of a number to achieve greatness”. A leader can accomplish some goals but to reach significance a leader needs a team.  Phil Jackson, the head coach...
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Chicago Public Schools: Data-Empowered Students & Teachers More Successful

REIMAGINING CHICAGO’S SCHOOLS After 10 years strategizing with leaders in the Chicago Public Schools system, Melissa Zaikos (MBA 2000) turned to the data to create a new public education experience for the city’s students. Back in 2011, when Melissa Zaikos (MBA 2000) began digging deeply into the standardized test scores of the Chicago Public Schools, she...
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Adjust, Learn, Grow: Procurement and the Pandemic

Many of us entered the public procurement profession by accident. Perhaps the variety was enough to keep you interested or you may have stayed because you were too busy to think about anything else.  Either way, it must have brought enough satisfaction that maybe five years into it you saw possibilities for growth or to...
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The Three Elements of Transformation You Can’t Afford to Miss

True transformation is not an event, it is a journey. It may be triggered by an event or a life-changing experience that may cause a disruption to our comfortable auto pilot routine. Such a circumstance may move us to reflect on the road traveled thus far and consider whether we are moving in the direction...
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COVID-19. Forcing our hand?

Systems under stress reveal their weaknesses (and their strengths).  And COVID-19 is certainly causing stress and a lot of ripples across all parts of society, testing our resilience, our creativity, our economy and businesses, our governments and schools, and, at times, our patience.  For many of us, the current environment is all too familiar; reminiscent...
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