Next Level Leadership Blog


Small Experiments Pack Potential for Innovative Results


“Some see things as they are and ask why.  Others dream things that never were and ask why not.”  – George Bernard Shaw Recently I challenged a team of leader managers from one department to think differently about how they make connections with other departments.  First, we connected with the organization’s mission, vision and core values.  […]

Managing Change IS Leadership


“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” — Socrates When I’m called in to help a leadership team think about change, I start with this conversation.  Do it with me as you read this.  Think for a minute about a time […]

Vision is the Garden Where Career Potential Grows


“A leader takes people where they want to go. A great leader takes people where they don’t necessarily want to go, but ought to be.” –Rosalynn Carter I like to think of building a career in association leadership and management like tending to gardens, too.  Sometimes people consciously choose association work because they are committed […]

Rubber Band Agility is a Leader’s Stock in Trade


“No ‘person’ ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and they are not the same person.”    -Adapted from Heraclitus   “Double-Clicking” for Meaning I’m starting today’s blog with “Double-Clicking” on the term “nonprofit” because I was recently reminded in a global conversation that the term is still quite […]

Disorienting Dilemmas Pull Us To New Levels of Understanding


“The path ahead is clear despite the chaos. It is always clear. The path is to do what we can to control our focus, responses and actions, so that we honor our values and serve as a positive light for others. In uncertainty you find grounding by living an intentional and kind life.” -Brendon Burchard Terror and […]