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As experts in our field, we publish various articles and whitepapers on building effective workplace cultures and leadership structures. Click on the links below to have a look through our library of past publications. If you would like more information on these topics, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us.

Reasonable Leaps of Faith: Learning about Demonstrating Impact from the Nonprofit Sector

Forward thinking organizations want to be able to demonstrate their impact across multiple dimensions, including job fulfillment, employee engagement, improved trust and collaboration. Doing so with quantifiable metrics can be challenging for organization development (OD) practitioners because we work in...

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10 Questions: Driving Performance Through ESOPs

J. Michael Keeling, President and Chief Staff Officer of The ESOP Association, speaks with Alexander P. Moss, a principal at Praxis Consulting Group, Inc., about driving performance through ESOPs. Keeling: Based on your experience, what are the overall benefits of...

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Developing Leaders at All Levels: A Key for Ownership Culture

So many of the behaviors we associate with ownership -- modeling a positive attitude, collaborating, generating ideas for improvement, taking responsibility for the work of the team—reflect good leadership.  In an employee-owned company, all levels can benefit from leadership development...

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Governance Issues and Best Practices in Professional Services Firms

This paper provides a detailed description of governance issues, options, and best practices in privately-held professional service firms (PSFs). The information here is drawn from a variety of sources, including more than twenty years of organization development consulting with professional...

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Succession Planning for Long Term Sustainability

Boards of directors often ask their CEO’s for a succession plan, and review it annually. And while the plan should include the name of any potential successors, it should go far beyond this bare minimum. A succession plan should spell...

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Strategies of Successful Leadership Teams

“We’re not just running—we’re galloping!” These were the words of a senior executive on a leadership team in healthcare. The healthcare environment is complicated and uncertain, to say the least. Leading in this arena is requiring intuitive and counter-intuitive practices....

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Organizational Reflections: Parallel Processes at Work in a Dual Consultation

This article explores the lessons extracted from the parallel processes enacted in the relationship between two consultant groups hired by Eastern (a large financial institution) to kick off a major culture change initiative. The inevitable conflicts between these two consulting...

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“The Glass Ceiling is the Floor My Boss Walks On: Leadership Challenges in Managing Diversity”

This article analyzes layers of meaning that are embedded in the concept of diversity in a financial institution. It examines the discourses about diversity that emerged over 2½ years, during which a CEO was intentionally trying to change his organization’s...

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What’s Next for Nonprofits? An Interview with Nancie Zane and Linshuang Lu of Praxis Consulting Group

Praxis consultants Nancie Zane and Linshuang Lu were interviewed recently for the Center for Creative Leadership's Leading Effectively e-newsletter on their research with CCL and American Express on nonprofit leadership, with particular emphasis on emerging leaders and intergenerational trends. Originally...

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Money Matters Webinar Series

Money Matters Webinar Series These three webinars, created for the APIAHF learning community, cover three areas of financial management for nonprofits: basic financial literacy, effective financial governance for board members and financial management for program staff. The full webinar series...

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