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Dear Santa: Please Bring Us All a Better Tomorrow — Dec 2022

Dear Santa: The last couple of years have been extraordinarily challenging for organizations, for communities, for leaders (and for us all as people).  The combination of the pandemic, staffing issues, supply chain disruptions, growing economic constraints, shifting work environments, among other things have created what might be the most challenging period for leaders and professionals [...]

2022-12-14T16:04:49-06:00December 14, 2022|

The Power of (Professional) Gratitude – Nov 2022

The year was 1623.  About half of the Plymouth colony died that year.  And while the community was about ready to head into another difficult winter, recent fall rains ended what was a challenging and persistent drought.  So Governor William Bradford called a gathering – a three-hour “staff meeting” of sorts.  The main purpose of [...]

2022-11-12T22:14:19-06:00November 12, 2022|

Creating a Winning Culture, Even in Tough Times: Insights from PJ Fleck – Aug 2020

There are many articles and books written on the parallels between success in sports and success in business (including an article I wrote back in February on my Kansas City Chiefs winning the Super Bowl!).  And I imagine there will be many more articles and books written about how both sports and business had to [...]

2020-08-27T17:43:20-05:00August 27, 2020|

Leading Forward: Nine Emerging Trends in a Post-Pandemic World – July 2020

There have been many articles, blogs, and whitepapers written the last four months on navigating the current crisis (my March, April and May articles among them).  By no means are we finished with the current crisis; in fact, unfortunately, we may have to survive many more months of health-related, economic-related, and social-related challenges. But I’ve [...]

2020-07-27T16:26:08-05:00July 27, 2020|

Adapt or Die: Most Corporate Failures are Self-Inflicted — PEN Sept 2018

What do the American mastodon, Woolly mammoth, and Arizona jaguar all have in common?  Here’s a hint: they all suffered similar fates to Hostess Brands, Circuit City, and Blockbuster.  Yes, they all went away.  Extinction.  Vanished.  Disappeared.  But I think the companies could all take a lesson from the animals that died before them: organizations [...]

2018-09-24T21:07:31-05:00September 24, 2018|

The Key to Disney’s World Class Service: Part Art, Part Science, and Part Magic — PEN August 2018

As the story goes, a guest at Disney World once asked “what time is the 3 o’clock parade?”  That’s a peculiar question, mainly because it normally would lead to an obvious answer.  But Disney Cast Members (their word for employees) are trained to probe beyond the obvious so that they can provide an extraordinary Guest [...]

2018-08-22T16:56:00-05:00August 22, 2018|

A Powerful Professional Development Opportunity: Consider Becoming a 2018 PEN Evalautor

Are you interested in learning more about what makes organizations excellent -- go from good to truly great?  Are you interested in helping other organizations -- such as schools, hospitals, non-profits, and businesses -- around the region improve their performance?  Are you interested in helping Minnesota and North/South Dakota become more competitive?  Are you interested [...]

2018-08-22T16:40:49-05:00August 22, 2018|

The Key to Sustained World Class Performance: Deliberate Practice — PEN July 2018

Everywhere you look, standards are rising.  In business, in sports, in education, in healthcare – really in all aspects of human and organizational achievement – what is considered world class continues to increase.  For example…   It used to take 72 hours by plane to cross the Atlantic (1913); it now takes just over six.  [...]

2018-07-23T22:10:24-05:00July 23, 2018|

Governor Recognizes SDDOT for Continuous Improvement, Performance Excellence

July 16, 2018   For Immediate Release PEN Contact: Brian Lassiter, President Performance Excellence Network 612-868-3519 brian.lassiter@performanceexcellencenetwork.org   SDDOT Contact: Kristi Sandal South Dakota Department of Transportation 605-295-0150 Kristi.sandal@state.sd.us SDDOT Receives Recognition for Continuous Improvement 2017 Performance Excellence Award Presented by Governor Daugaard   PIERRE, SD, July 16, 2018 – At a celebration hosted by [...]

2018-07-17T15:35:34-05:00July 17, 2018|

Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Three Organizations

May 7, 2018   For Immediate Release Contact: Brian Lassiter, President Performance Excellence Network 612-868-3519 brian.lassiter@performanceexcellencenetwork.org Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Three Organizations 2017 Performance Excellence Awards Presented at PENworks 2018 Conference   ST. PAUL, Minn., May 7, 2018 – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, today honors three recipients of [...]

2018-07-17T15:32:01-05:00July 17, 2018|
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