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Leadership in the Polar Vortex

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:32+00:00 November 20th, 2014|Collective Impact, Emerging Leaders, Headlines|

The Big [ut_highlight color=”#1e73be”] BIG [/ut_highlight] Picture Vision is important for everyone. The hope of the future, the light at the end of the tunnel, and the finish line are all “images” that help us through the harder parts of our journey. Often, as leaders, it’s easy to get caught up in [...]

Who Are You Looking For?

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:32+00:00 October 22nd, 2014|Collective Impact, Culture Change, Engagement, Headlines|

If you are like most people, you probably have heard about Hannah Graham, the second-year student at the University of Virginia who went missing on September 13th of this year. Her story has understandably connected with millions of people across the country. One only need to view the video footage of Timothy J. Longo, Sr., Chief of [...]

Strategic Priorities in Government

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:33+00:00 June 27th, 2014|Collective Impact, Strategic Choices|

This week we facilitated a half-day strategic retreat for a federal agency at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The challenge presented to us represents a growing one for government: What does it mean for government to serve its citizens [ut_highlight color=”#1e73be”]strategically? [/ut_highlight] […]

Farmers, Ranchers, Government and Collective Action

By | 2014-08-16T16:53:07+00:00 June 12th, 2014|Collective Impact|

Today, I led an all-day seminar for senior leaders at the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. We talked about the growing complexity in their eco-system; a complexity that makes it difficult to sustain multi-sector relationships to protect the nation’s environment. […]

Collective Action and the American Cooperative Extension System

By | 2017-02-09T09:09:33+00:00 June 4th, 2014|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact|

This week I facilitated a conversation for some of the most influential leaders of the American Cooperative Extension System. You may not know who they are or what they do, but these individuals lead some of the largest land-grant university systems in the country. Collectively, they have the power to transform our nation. […]

The American Field Service and Cross-Cultural Collective Action Since WWI

By | 2014-08-16T22:52:28+00:00 February 1st, 2014|Collective Conversations, Collective Impact|

I had the privilege of speaking to the Trustees of the American Field Service (AFS). They assembled this weekend in Long Island for their annual strategic retreat. AFS has a long and distinguished history with cross-cultural learning and exchange. The organization was formed as part of a collective action initiative led by young Americans residing in Paris [...]