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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.

Podcast: Sustaining Your ESOP

Praxis consultant and Principal Linshuang Lu sits down to talk best practices for sustaining your ESOP with Capital Trustees founder Bret Keisling. Click here for the full podcast.

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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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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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Talent Management in an Ownership Culture

Talent management offers a useful strategic framework for organizations serious about developing ownership behaviors across the employee lifecycle. This article describes elements of talent management with emphasis on their connection to ownership culture. Each brief description includes “one bright idea”...

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Transition Matters: Engaging the Board and Executives in the Phases of Succession Planning (PPT)

This presentation was originally offered at a workshop for Nonprofit leaders sponsored by the Philadelphia Foundation on November 14, 2014.

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Leadership Challenges in ESOP Companies

Effective ESOP leadership is different than effective leadership in companies with more traditional ownership structures. The opportunities are greater and so are the challenges. Leaders in all companies need the basics of business acumen, strategic perspective, market awareness, and the...

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How Senior Leaders Can Enhance the Impact of Communications Committees

It’s easy to get excited about ESOP Communications Committees and their potential for changing your company’s culture. At ESOP Association conferences you see engaging presenters doing exciting work at their companies. You feel inspired and energized, ready to galvanize your...

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Executive Summary: Leadership, An Impact Study of the Praxis Leadership Development Program

A major goal of this study was to understand the impact of the leadership development program at multiple levels: the individual, the team, and the organization. This executive summary highlights the primary study findings.

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Leadership Conversations… Compassion in the ESOP Workplace

Following the completion of the formal certificate program, the inaugural Class I of the leadership development program offered through a partnership between the ESOP Association and the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Organizational Dynamics, decided to reconvene at least on...

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Effective Leadership Transitions

Hiring the CEO is typically a responsibility of a company’s Board of Directors. However it is often the case in ESOP companies that the first leadership transition following an ESOP’s implementation is made prior to the creation of a fully...

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