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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

The Glue That Holds It All Together

April 17, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


When I was a teenager, I learned to build balsa wood model airplanes. The photo above isn’t one of my own creations, but that’s one of the planes I built. It was a very rewarding activity as it allowed me to exercise my structural and concrete thinking skills, along with my problem solving skills (no model ever goes together as planned), as well as my creative skills (helpful for problem solving and final painting and accessorizing the models). The finished products were beautiful to look at and each represented hundreds of hours of time at the worktable in my bedroom.

The materials on the outside of these models, what was visible (paint, and sometimes a little plastic, wood, or metal, on tissue paper), were not the most important parts of the model. The most important parts were the underlying structure and the glue that held it all together. What is the “glue” that holds learning together?

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Making All The Decisions

April 15, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Do you have a juicer? In recent years, juicing has become popular as a means to a healthy lifestyle. There are books, blogs, and infomercials on juicing. You can even get your hands on “miracle” juice recipes with a few clicks—recipes that will cure everything from hair loss to insomnia.

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A Biblical View of Human Development

April 10, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


How do people grow? How do they develop? We grow bigger and taller. We grow smarter. Those are two obvious dimensions of growth. What about emotionally and socially? We don’t talk about that as much, but yes, we grow emotionally and socially, too. When it comes to human development, is it enough to consider intellectual, physical, emotional, and social growth? No. There is indeed more!

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Leadership Authenticity

April 8, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Do you prefer blinds or drapes? Perhaps neither. Instead, you like the “clean” look of wide-open, uncovered windows. Over time, I’ve observed one’s decorating taste and sense of style significantly impacts their window treatments (how they “decorate” their windows). Or perhaps you have no idea what I’m talking about. If that’s you, please hang with me.

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Leadership Variation

April 3, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

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Have you ever heard of Stew Leonard’s? They are a small, boutique supermarket chain in Connecticut and New York that’s been highlighted on both The Sopranos and Seinfeld. And way back in the day, Tom Peters regularly used them as an example of an organization that provided a unique experience and world-class customer service. Unfortunately, one of their owners got into trouble for tax evasion. Very disappointing.

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