Executive Leadership & Culture Blog
Photo Gallery: June 3 Graduation Ceremonies
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on June 5, 2017
Five doctoral students celebrated the completion of their studies at Benedictine University’s June 3, 2017 graduation ceremony. Find photos below. Read the text of Dr. Lee Murphy’s commencement address at this link.
“Find a personal truth speaker” – CEO Offers Wisdom for Business School Graduates
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on June 5, 2017
CVDL alum Dr. Lee Murphy, CEO of Chicago-based Inspera Health, was the speaker for the graduate commencement ceremonies on June 3, 2017. What follows are his insights into how a leader can grow their capacity to be mindful and loving. (View a video of the speech at this link.) Thank you, President Brophy, Provost Payne,
Recognizing Those Who Gave Their Lives: A Memorial Day Tribute
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on May 26, 2017
The placing and waving of flags is a large part of Memorial Day celebrations. Flags, especially the flags in cemeteries, have always impressed me. I feel that way because when I was just 5 years old, there were flags flying, a color guard that rendered a 21-gun salute, and an Army officer who handed
Three Commitments for the Coming Years: Competence, Contribution, Dreams | 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speech by Dr. Lee DeRemer
By Lee DeRemer on May 22, 2017
Editor’s Note: On May 13, 2017, Dr. Lee DeRemer (a retired Air Force colonel, founder of Lifecycles, and graduate of the Ph.D. program in values-driven leadership) gave the commencement address at Benedictine University’s undergraduate ceremony. What follows is the text of his speech, which focused on three commitments graduates should make for the coming years.
What is Appreciative Inquiry? A Short Guide to the Appreciative Inquiry Model & Process
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on May 9, 2017
Learn the basics of Appreciative Inquiry in this article, and find Appreciative Inquiry examples and resources. Appreciative Inquiry (AI) is a strengths-based, positive approach to leadership development and organizational change. AI can be used by individuals, teams, organizations, or at the societal level; in each case, it helps
Three Steps to Creating a Passionate Workforce – Fresno First Bank
By CVDL Student on May 8, 2017
How do you create a team that truly cares about your work? Fresno First Bank shares their effective model in this short video. Find more videos like this at www.cvdl.org/insights/videos/ Want to see more great videos? Visit www.cvdl.org/videos.
How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results | New Belgium Brewing
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on May 8, 2017
“Coming to work here was like being able to breath for the first time,” says one New Belgium employee. Learn how the company’s welcoming approach to individuality creates a successful workplace where people can be themselves. Find more short videos from the Return on Values Project. Want to see more great videos? Visit www.cvdl.org/videos.
One Leader’s Journey to Become More Vulnerable, and Why it Matters
By CVDL Student on May 2, 2017
Tom Carmazzi, CEO of Tuthill Corporation, talks about his path of growth to become the values-driven leader he is today. See why becoming more vulnerable matters. Find more great videos from the Return on Values Project at www.cvdl.org/ROVvideos.
How to Write a Manifesto, with Manifesto Writing Examples
By James D. Ludema & Amber A. Johnson on May 1, 2017
Writing a manifesto doesn’t have to be reserved for life-changing events. Learn how to write a manifesto or aspirational statement for your current project, and see how it shifts your thinking and jumpstarts your strategy. Manifestos are public declarations of your intention around a topic or idea. We often think of them as weighty subjects, reserved
M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership Program: Highlight Video
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on April 30, 2017
Benedictine University’s new Executive Masters in Values-Driven Leadership Program is designed to elevate your career. Find out how in this short video: Ready to learn more? Download our two-page brochure or visit ben.edu/leadership for details. Request Information Contact Amy Drew, Associate Director of Enrollment, at (630) 829-6375 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or fill out the following form
Remi Vespa | 5 Lessons for Creating a People Centric Organization
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on April 24, 2017
Dr. Remi Vespa of Blue Trail Software discusses how embracing the 5 lessons laid out in this video will ultimately bring you and your company the greatest amount of success. To create a people-centric organization, Dr. Vespa’s research identifies five strategies: Distribute Power Embrace Change Provide Guidelines, Not Rules Diversity Trumps Uniformity Help Employees Create
How One Global Company Shows their Commitment to Values
By Al Zucco on April 24, 2017
Sláinte – Celebrating Business and the Emerald Isle with Glanbia Performance Nutrition We have all seen the last year’s headlines about corporate scandals such as Volkswagen’s Dieselgate, or Turing Pharmaceutical’s price gouging. In the end, the consumer, the environment, or society ultimately loses. Some of these corporations eventually pay the price, but only the corporations
How can we Make Work (and Life) More Meaningful?
By Patrick Farran on April 17, 2017
Meaningful work lies somewhere in the balance between being and doing, between self and others. Scholar-practitioner Patrick Farran explores this concept in the post below, finding his own insights along the way. Most of us spend more time at work than in any other pursuit. We
Reward Systems that Enhance Sustainable Business
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on March 27, 2017
Recognize & Reward Employees to Help People & the Business Flourish Since Pavlov published his 1903 observations on a dog’s physiology, earning him the Nobel Prize in 1904, one thing has been clear: human beings have a powerful reaction to rewards. In business, we encourage desired conduct through reward systems, also known as social
Two Strategies for Building Community | Fresno First Bank
By CVDL Student on March 8, 2017
Fresno First Bank takes a community-driven approach to business, using two strategies: be local, be flexible. Find more videos like this at www.cvdl.org/insights/videos/ Want to see more great videos? Visit www.cvdl.org/videos.
Being the Best: Delivering 5 Star Customer Service | Fresno First Bank
By CVDL Student on March 8, 2017
This short video features Rick Whitsell, President and CEO of Fresno First Bank, along with other executives discussing how they achieve 5 star customer service in their company. Through the use of employee engagement, they are able to create a trustworthy and welcoming environment for their customers. Find more short videos from the Return on
A Coach For Every Colleague: One Firm’s Radical Commitment to Developing Their People | EKS&H
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on February 27, 2017
EKS&H, an award winning CPA firm, is highly committed to further developing their employees to make sure they are successful professionally and personally. Hear Bob Hottman, CEO, discuss why he values his employee coaching program. Find more short videos from the Return on Values Project. Want to see more great videos? Visit www.cvdl.org/videos.
#1 Ph.D. Program: Leadership Excellence Names Benedictine Doctoral Program as Top in Category
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on February 20, 2017
HR.Com Recognizes Benedictine University’s Doctoral Program as Top Ph.D. Program in Leadership Lisle, IL – February 2017: Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for executives, has been named the top leadership doctoral program in HR.com’s annual listing of the best doctoral programs with a leadership or organizational development emphasis. This first place ranking is reflective of student and
How to Lead Exceptional Teams: Four Pillars for Effective, Engaged Teams
By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on January 30, 2017
Harvard Business Professor Dr. Amy Edmondson shares these tips on creating effective teams, drawn from her research. Edmondson is the keynote speaker at our next Senior Executive Roundtable, on March 31. This excerpt is reprinted with permission from her book Teaming: How Organizations Learn, Innovate, and Compete in the Knowledge Economy. Teaming occurs when people apply
NEW! Online Open House Video Recording: Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership
By Amber Johnson on January 16, 2017
Did you miss our most recent online open house for the Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership? Watch it here – and hear about the program from faculty and graduates. Thanks to requests from prospective students, we’ve added a new online open house date for February 7, 2017. Learn more and RSVP at http://cvdl.ben.edu/openhouse. Explore More!