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S. Chris Edmonds S. Chris Edmonds is a speaker, author, and executive consultant with his own firm and the Ken Blanchard Companies. He has authored or co-authored four books, one with Ken Blanchard. Learn about Chris' services and subscribe to his blog posts & podcasts at DrivingResultsThroughCulture.com. Follow Chris on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and iTunes podcasts.

I wish you could have seen it. Twenty teenagers and four YMCA leaders — including me — were about to embark on a two-day rafting trip.

These kids could not have been more different. Half were from the inner city; half from the suburbs. Two inner city leaders joined us two from the ‘burbs. None of us had any experience with whitewater rafting.[…] Continue Reading »

How clear is your team’s “organizational constitution”? Does every team member understand and align to your team’s desired purpose, values, strategies, and goals?

If team members don’t know or don’t align to your team’s purpose, values, strategies, and goals, your team will experience inconsistent performance, team member conflict, the inability to shift to embrace a new goal, and worse.[…] Continue Reading »

The start of the new year is a great time to examine your team’s key metrics. What key performance indicators do you watch? Are they the best things to pay attention to?

Too often, the easy things to measure give us the impression that they’re the right things to measure. Built-in dashboards in software tools and even in complex machinery make it easy to focus on those metrics — so, we do.[…] Continue Reading »

The end of the year typically brings holiday cheer with celebrations alongside family, friends and, often, colleagues. We humans connect with people we enjoy and value, reflecting on the past year and planning for the year to come.

We seek inclusion with others during the holiday season. We also seek inclusion every other month of the year, and sometimes don’t find it.[…] Continue Reading »

I recently had lunch with the “Denver tweeps,” my moniker for a group of respected local Twitter colleagues that I’ve engaged with IRL (in real life). We are linked by our passion for helping leaders inspire others. Once a month or so we share a meal, update each other on “what’s come clear” to us lately, and ponder the issues of the day.[…] Continue Reading »