Author: Jeanne Reaves

Motivating Your Team

With a new year comes a new opportunity for motivating your team. And while this may sound odd, let’s first start by discussing The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, a popular leadership book written by Patrick Lencioni. Why? Simply put, these dysfunctions are extremely common, and can greatly hinder your team’s success. So before we…


5 Tips On Being A Successful Leader

  Are you vying for an executive leadership role in the organization you work for? Or perhaps you have held a leadership role for a while, and are looking to fine tune your skills? Or maybe becoming an executive leader is part of your five-year plan? No matter where you fall, great leadership is essential…


January 2017 – Setting Realistic Professional Goals

January 2017 – Setting Realistic Professional Goals


Board Room: Assess your board of directors for future success

Nonprofit board assessment will provide a better understanding of board and committee performance responsibilities and priorities for board activities going forward. A board assessment is designed to identify the areas of strong board performance and areas that need development, identify priority areas for the board to focus on over the next 1 or 2 years…


Q&A: Delegation

Q: I have difficulty delegating because I want it done my way and it takes too much time to show someone else how to do it. Can you give me some tips on how to delegate? – Sandy, Financial Industry A: Success is achieved through successful delegation. You train others to do new things and…


Ten Rules to a Successful Business

A recent article in Forbes resonated with me as I feel no matter how large or small our companies are, we need to strongly consider the 10 Rules for a Successful Business as practiced by Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff. For those of you who are not familiar with Seth Goldman and Barry Nalebuff, they…


Board Room: Using A Consent Calendar

A Consent Calendar is a grouping of routine items not expected to be opposed (such as previous board meeting’s minutes, simple affidavits, etc.) into one agenda item that then gets approved via one vote. If a board member has a question about any one item in the consent agenda, or feels it needs further discussion,…


Q&A: Managing New Managers

Q: I just promoted an excellent supervisor to a manager. He is now managing what were his peers. He has become a totally different person. What did I miss and can you give me some ideas why this happened? What can I do to turn this around? I don’t want to fire him. – Cindy,…


Tips For Being A Successful Leader

There are many things I can write about regarding how to be a good leader however I will touch on just a few things we tend to forget. We have all known arrogant leaders and we have known those with humility. Throughout my career I have taken the opportunity to observe those around me and…


Board Room: Determining Governance

Boards may ask themselves “are we truly a governance Board or are we too much into management’s responsibilities?” How do we “oversee” the company’s assets if we don’t question and ask for evidence? A simple rule is, governance is setting the company’s direction through strategic planning – setting goals and objectives, reviewing dashboards, setting limitations…