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#1 Ph.D. Program: Leadership Excellence Names Benedictine Doctoral Program as Top in Category

#1 Ph.D. Program: Leadership Excellence Names Benedictine Doctoral Program as Top in Category

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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

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How to Lead Exceptional Teams: Four Pillars for Effective, Engaged Teams

How to Lead Exceptional Teams: Four Pillars for Effective, Engaged Teams

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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

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NEW! Online Open House Video Recording: Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership

NEW! Online Open House Video Recording: Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership

By Amber Johnson on

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!

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Giving Appreciative Feedback: Expand Your Leadership Results through this Strategy

Giving Appreciative Feedback: Expand Your Leadership Results through this Strategy

By Amber Johnson on

Defeat Defensiveness and Inspire a Better Future with a New Approach to Employee Feedback .           Leadership egos can be fragile. Asking for honest feedback can feel difficult, because we are fearful of what we might hear. Likewise, offering honest feedback is equally hard: many of us have been socialized to avoid

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Best Leadership Books of 2016: Our Faculty & Executives Recommend Top Leadership Books

Best Leadership Books of 2016: Our Faculty & Executives Recommend Top Leadership Books

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

  As part of our research process, we ask CEOs and other executives what they are reading. This practice has led to an informal observation that “Leaders are readers.” Despite leading exceptionally busy schedules, we find these top executives are also some of the most avid readers we know. They continually seek out the best leadership

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More Top Leadership Books of 2016 (Part 2)

More Top Leadership Books of 2016 (Part 2)

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      Recommended Reading for All Leaders & Executives We’ve asked our faculty and executive students and graduates to recommend the best leadership books they’ve read recently. Find their recommendations below: they offer great books for women in leadership, books for emerging leaders, and books for executive and civic leadership – starting first with

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Great Books for Leaders (Part 3): Best Leadership Books of 2016

Great Books for Leaders (Part 3): Best Leadership Books of 2016

By Amber Johnson on

  More Great Books for Leaders, 2016 Our final list of 2016’s Best Books for Leaders offers great insights for those who are seeking a mindful, caring, focused approach to leadership. Find great reading recommendations for executives, women in leadership, and others below: Everybody Matters: The Extraordinary Power of Caring for Your People Like Family by

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The Act of Thanksgiving: Celebrating through Ongoing Gratitude

The Act of Thanksgiving: Celebrating through Ongoing Gratitude

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This week, as Americans sit down to an overstuffed table, we’ll invest one day of our year in the act of thanksgiving. One day is simply not enough. A wealth of research shows the importance of thanksgiving and gratitude, as Henry David Thoreau implied, on a constant, ongoing basis. Today, we are looking for ways to

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Imperfect Leadership: How Humility Impacts Those We Lead

Imperfect Leadership: How Humility Impacts Those We Lead

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Editor’s Note: In honor of the men and women who have served our country through the armed forces, we asked U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Dr. David Smith, a graduate of our doctoral program and now a senior analyst with Booz Allen Hamilton, to share a story drawn from his experience of leadership in

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How Confident are You? Two Questions to Test your Confidence

How Confident are You? Two Questions to Test your Confidence

By Harry Kraemer, Jr. on

Editor’s note: The following excerpt is from Becoming the Best: Build a World-Class Organization through Values-Driven Leadership, by Harry Kraemer, Jr. Join us this November 11 for our next Senior Executive Roundtable, where Kraemer will share insights from his book and research: www.cvdl.org/roundtable. After one of my presentations at a large company, “Jeffrey,” a senior vice

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Why “What’s Wrong?” is the Wrong Question to Ask

Why “What’s Wrong?” is the Wrong Question to Ask

By Jim Ludema, Mike Manning, & Amber Johnson on

You cannot get the answers you need if you ask the wrong questions.   It’s Monday morning and your calendar for the week is crammed with problems to solve and challenges to address. As a leader, your instinct may be to diagnose the situation by asking, “What’s wrong?” and then develop solutions from there. But

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The Luck of the Irish: Why Ireland is One of the Most Globalized Countries in the World

The Luck of the Irish: Why Ireland is One of the Most Globalized Countries in the World

By Brad Davis on

What can leaders learn from Ireland’s advancement in the global economy? Start with how they got there. The 2016 KOF Index of Globalization ranked Ireland as the #2 most globalized country in the world, barely edged out of the #1 position by the Netherlands. On a recent trip to the country, where I attended a conference,

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How One CEO Evolved His Company’s Vision, Mission & Brand

How One CEO Evolved His Company’s Vision, Mission & Brand

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Editor’s Note: At the Center for Values-Driven Leadership, we are curious about how leaders face the challenge of adapting their mission, vision, or values. Company founders and senior executives often find the organization’s mission, for example, was fundamental to the organization’s previous success – but may not be what the company needs to move into

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Executive Doctorate in Values-Driven Leadership | Video Overview

Executive Doctorate in Values-Driven Leadership | Video Overview

By Amber Johnson on

4-minute video highlights Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for senior executives Benedictine University’s executive doctoral program in values-driven leadership is designed for senior leaders who want to transform the world of business. The program’s unique three-year format allows executives to earn their doctorate while leading their company. Research what you’re passionate about, under the direction of

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Six Questions that can Lift Your Leadership: An Intro to Appreciative Inquiry

Six Questions that can Lift Your Leadership: An Intro to Appreciative Inquiry

By Jim Ludema, Mike Manning, & Amber Johnson on

The following is excerpted from our new eBook, Six Questions that can Lift Your Leadership, Shape Your Strategy, and Transform Your Organization. The text is an introduction to Appreciative Inquiry, a positive approach to leadership development and organizational change. Download your free copy at www.cvdl.org/sixquestions. ____ “We used to be a wellspring of innovation,” said the

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How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company & Became More Successful in the Process | New Belgium Brewing

How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company & Became More Successful in the Process | New Belgium Brewing

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New Belgium Brewing company, makers of Fat Tire beer, sold their company – to their employees. Now an ESOP, New Belgium is experiencing significant growth and their culture is still going strong. Learn how the decision to become an ESOP positively impacted business outcomes in this short video, part of the Return on Values Project.

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20 Percent of My Time: One CEO’s Philosophy of Community Engagement | EKS&H

20 Percent of My Time: One CEO’s Philosophy of Community Engagement | EKS&H

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Bob Hottman, CEO of EKS&H, uses a four-pronged approach to make sure him, his company, and his employees are well invested in the local community. Hear what he has to say in this short video about community engagement for executives.   Find more short videos from the Return on Values Project.   Want to see

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Profitability in Law Firms through Values-Based Leadership

Profitability in Law Firms through Values-Based Leadership

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

How can law firms – and other client-service industries – add real value to those they serve? Strengthen their internal values, then those of other clients. New article in prominent law magazine highlights role of values in driving profitability.   Mission, vision, and values statements are not new business for law firms, says author Katy

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How Autonomy Contributes to Engagement | Post 2

How Autonomy Contributes to Engagement | Post 2

By James D. Ludema & Amber A. Johnson on

Employee Engagement & Motivation through Shared Ownership Do you remember your first bicycle? For many us, the freedom to ride a bicycle gave us our first taste of independence: we could go further, faster than ever before. Perhaps you felt brave doing so, and that sense of bravery pushed you to pedal with a little more

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Employee Engagement & Motivation through Shared Ownership | Post 1

Employee Engagement & Motivation through Shared Ownership | Post 1

By James D. Ludema & Amber A. Johnson on

How Do You Motivate & Engage Employees?       Much of our research points to a powerful conclusion for those looking to develop highly engaged and motivated employees: fostering shared ownership will make your efforts most effective. What is Shared Ownership? Shared ownership is the concept that employees have autonomy and are trusted and

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