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Excellence Decoded: Insights from PENworks 2016

Last week, the Performance Excellence Network hosted our annual (sold out!) PENworks 2016 conference.  The event featured 31 local, regional, and national speakers, each sharing best practices and insights to improve organizational performance and personal and leadership effectiveness.   Some speakers were from large, complex organizations (Cargill, State of MN); some were from small nonprofits[...]

April 28, 2016|

Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Four Minnesota Organizations

For Immediate Release Performance Excellence Network Recognizes Four Minnesota Organizations 2015 MN Performance Excellence Awards Presented at PENworks 2016 Conference; Governor Celebrates Excellence in Minnesota   ST. PAUL, Minn., April 20, 2016 – The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, today honors four recipients of the 2015 Performance Excellence Award (formerly[...]

April 20, 2016|

Partnership Brings Good Leadership Skill Development to Performance Excellence Network

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 20, 2016 Partnership Brings Good Leadership Skill Development to Performance Excellence Network Program Helps Organizations Hardwire “Soft” Leadership Skills   Brooklyn Center, MN -- The Performance Excellence Network (PEN) and Good Leadership Enterprises launched a partnership today at the annual PENworks conference bringing Good Leadership training to PEN members. The move[...]

April 20, 2016|

PEN to Form Partnership with Good Leadership Enterprises

Performance Excellence Network to Form Partnership with Good Leadership Enterprises April 16, 2016  By Neal St. Anthony, Star Tribune Training organization will form partnership with leadership group to round itself out The Performance Excellence Network (PEN), formerly the Minnesota Council for Quality, and Good Leadership Enterprises will announce a partnership this week at PEN’s annual[...]

April 16, 2016|

The Science of Happiness: Improving Your Career, Your Organization, Your Life

Are you happy?  No, I mean really happy – the type of happy that makes you feel like you’re floating through most days.  The type of happy that has you whistling while you work (or while you play), so to speak.  Most of the time, you can’t wait until tomorrow, but you still savor every[...]

March 31, 2016|

Everything’s a Process, So Everything Can Be Improved

I’m on Day 22 in dealing with a concussion.  I guess now that it’s been three weeks, it probably isn’t considered minor – the kind that resolves itself in a few hours or days.  But I’m also very lucky that it wasn’t more major: it is progressively healing, and I’m much better off than many[...]

February 23, 2016|

Toilet Paper Up or Down? The Power of Comparative Data

I ran across an interesting statistic recently: 68% of Americans place their toilet paper in the holder with the roll coming over the top (rather than underneath).  Interesting.  I guess I’m “normal” (not that placing it the other way is necessarily abnormal).  But I guess it’s been a long debate – Wikipedia has 133 footnotes[...]

January 26, 2016|

The Value of Core Values

Trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.  Who knows where these powerful – and timeless – 12 words come from?  Anyone who has raised his right hand with three fingers up (or has/had a son, grandson, or other family member or friend do so) will recognize them as Boy[...]

December 15, 2015|

Change is Difficult; Not Changing is Fatal

Last month, I wrote about how critical it is for organizations to manage change (The Change Imperative: Organizational Survival is Optional).  With all organizations facing an extraordinary level – and accelerating pace – of change, and with nearly 75% of change efforts failing, successfully managing change today could be the difference between success and failure. [...]

November 17, 2015|

The Change Imperative: Organizational Survival is Optional

“Across almost all sectors and regions, [organizations] face unprecedented disruption.  The competitive advantages that once gave [organizations] a defensible position – their product lineup, scale, or legacy position – are no longer as secure as they once were.  In the face of this volatility and complexity, most [organizations] must transform, meaning a comprehensive change in[...]

October 28, 2015|

I Never Said Most of the Things I Said: The Wisdom of Yogi Berra

Last week, baseball lost a legend.  Yogi Berra participated in 18 All-Star Games and 14 World Series (winning 10 of them, the most in baseball history).  He was a three-time MVP (most ever for a catcher), had a lifetime .285 batting average, hit 358 home runs, and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame[...]

September 28, 2015|

Overwork, Underperform: Why More Hours Leads to Less Productivity

People are overworked.  Maybe it’s because the post-recession “New Normal” is forcing all of us to do more with less.  Maybe it’s because 10,000 Baby Boomers are retiring EVERY Day, forcing all of us to do more with less.  Maybe it’s because wages really haven’t kept up with inflation the last 30-40 years, forcing all[...]

August 24, 2015|
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