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Recognizing Those Who Gave Their Lives: A Memorial Day Tribute

Recognizing Those Who Gave Their Lives: A Memorial Day Tribute

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

  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

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Three Commitments for the Coming Years: Competence, Contribution, Dreams | 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speech by Dr. Lee DeRemer

Three Commitments for the Coming Years: Competence, Contribution, Dreams | 2017 Undergraduate Commencement Speech by Dr. Lee DeRemer

By Lee DeRemer on

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.

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What is Appreciative Inquiry? A Short Guide to the Appreciative Inquiry Model & Process

What is Appreciative Inquiry? A Short Guide to the Appreciative Inquiry Model & Process

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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

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How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results | New Belgium Brewing

How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results | New Belgium Brewing

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

“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.  

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How to Write a Manifesto, with Manifesto Writing Examples

How to Write a Manifesto, with Manifesto Writing Examples

By James D. Ludema & Amber A. Johnson on

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

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M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership Program: Highlight Video

M.S. in Values-Driven Leadership Program: Highlight Video

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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 nationalenrollment@ben.edu, or fill out the following form

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How One Global Company Shows their Commitment to Values

How One Global Company Shows their Commitment to Values

By Al Zucco on

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

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How can we Make Work (and Life) More Meaningful?

How can we Make Work (and Life) More Meaningful?

By Patrick Farran on

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

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Reward Systems that Enhance Sustainable Business

Reward Systems that Enhance Sustainable Business

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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

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A Coach For Every Colleague: One Firm’s Radical Commitment to Developing Their People | EKS&H

A Coach For Every Colleague: One Firm’s Radical Commitment to Developing Their People | EKS&H

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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.

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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

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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)

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

      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

By Center for Values-Driven Leadership on

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

By WBG Administrator on

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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