Excellence in Leadership Award

MFI Excellence in Leadership Award 2022 to Tim O'Neal presented by Dean Newlund

I am so pleased to award the First Annual Mission Facilitators International’s Excellence in Leadership Award to Tim O’Neal, CEO of Goodwill of Central and Northern Arizona for his outstanding leadership in transforming the culture at one of the largest Goodwills in the US. Tim has done what few do by making culture development a […]

Great Decisions Include Intuition

The TEDX Talk I’D LIKE you all to imagine you’re an engineer, working on a NASA project, to launch a shuttle into space. Due to weather and other issues, the launch has been postponed 8 times, each costing NASA millions of dollars. The pressure is mounting to get this bird off the ground. The date […]

The Future of Leadership

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Redefining Leadership Post CovId-19 WHEN LEADERS avoid conflict, accountability, and setting a bold vision, they become facilitators of consensus. By favoring the safer parts of leadership – listening, encouraging, supporting – these leaders silence their unique perspectives and skills. Creating a safe space for others to engage is paramount. But sometimes, the pendulum swings too […]

30 Days to Better Leadership

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Start by Leading Yourself GREAT leadership can be developed with the willingness to change, self-awareness, courage, and a commitment to translate knowledge into action, ideas into habits. Great leadership is all about improving employee performance through setting a compelling vision and guiding people toward it. We’ve designed a 30-day program with a different focus each […]

How to Manage a Toxic Employee

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Protect Your Culture SOONER OR LATER, all leaders confront the tough decision of what to do about a toxic team member. Company culture, morale, high-performance teamwork, and productivity are at stake. It is the moment of truth for these leaders: Should I take action or tolerate the toxic behavior? Do we walk our talk, or […]

Influence with the Right Style

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Influence with the Right Style (3 of 3) by Dean Newlund, CEO HISTORY IS A GREAT teacher. Employee productivity went up during the great recession because the underlying message was “work harder to keep your job.” As the economy rebounded, the power shifted, and employees said, “reward our sacrifice, or we’ll slow down or quit.” […]

How to Influence in Fear, Chaos, and Uncertainty

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How to Influence in Fear, Chaos, and Uncertainty (1 of 3) by Dean Newlund, CEO ANY LEADERSHIP development training would be incomplete if it didn’t address the ubiquitous question asked by managers near and far: How do I influence without authority? Leaders with authority influence differently than those with no authority. Most culture change consultants […]

Leading Through Grief and Crisis

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How to Respond to Elevated Stress Tragedy happens, even during a year of unusual stress. While the Pandemic rages, businesses “pause” and we get ready for a new President, loved ones still die as they do in any year. This year, however, those tragic losses are more difficult because of the unusual stress of this […]

Do We Expect The Right Things From Our People?

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Creating Human-Centric Expectations SINCE the dawn of the scientific revolution, humans have sought to control their external environment. Yet, our environment around us influences behaviors and decisions much more than we are aware of. A couple of examples: To protect itself from predators, the cuttlefish can completely change its color to match its environment in […]

Must-Read Books on Leadership

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Game Plans for Success SO MANY PEOPLE are given the title of a leader when they don’t have experience or education with what it means to be a leader. This ‘sink or swim’ approach can work, but it often takes a long time for a leader to understand what their role is and how best […]