Dr. Fred talks about leading change after organizational crisis: Following an organizational crisis, company leaders often struggle with how to move past the emotional disorder and begin steering employees in the right direction again. “How a leader addresses the inevitable emotional consequences after a crisis is critical in limiting the damage to morale and shortening the adjustment period that team members will need to move forward or fully re-engage. Here are Dr. Fred’s top five C’s for leading after a crisis: 1. Compassion. People within the company will experience a range of emotions from anger to disillusionment. A leader who can genuinely express sympathy andRead More →

For the past several months I have had the joy of working with the Grand Valley State University Advanced Leadership Excellence (ALE) program.  Initiative One has partnered with GVSU to create and deliver the content of this groundbreaking program.  Although we are at a university campus, there are several aspects of ALE that make it far different from the usual college experience.  First, it is an experiential program, not a didactic one.  Next, we are focusing on emerging leaders.  Finally, the outcomes we are looking to change as a result of this program are bottom line business metrics.   Experiential Program Initiative One’s Leadership Excellence programRead More →

At InitiativeOne, we know that moving an organization to increased performance requires a deep and deliberate look at itself.  Creating a new “desired reality” can be determined only after understanding the root cause of the current results and determining key “leverage points” within the organization.  Increasing results is more than people “trying harder”.  It is about creating focus, challenging “status quo” and leading the organization to new results – and this starts by understanding the current organization. The following questions are designed for your own “self climate survey” to see if you might be ready to step up the momentum for yourself, your team orRead More →