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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.

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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Inside the BL Companies ESOP Committee

Learning about other companies' experiences can be an effective way to gain valuable ideas and guidance on setting up a new communications committee, or to revive an existing one. This chapter illustrates how different companies have approached their employee committees....

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Eight Ideas for Demystifying Your Board

Effective boards make a significant contribution to their company’s success. However, in many cases, employee owners do not understand why their organization has a board, what the board does, what kinds of decisions the board makes, and, ultimately, how their...

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Using Your 401(k) Plan as an Incentive to Improve Corporate Performance

This article describes how Section 401(k) plans, which provide employees with the opportunity to defer a portion of their income and retain limited control over the investment of these funds, can improve overall employee satisfaction. Originally Published In: Section 401(k)...

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Rolling Out Your ESOP: What to Say, When, and How

This article addresses the process of introducing an ESOP to your company, from the initial announcement through a series of specific follow-up activities over the first year or so. Taken together, we call these activities the “ESOP rollout process.” The...

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ESOP Communication During Economic Hard Times

The economic situation creates uncertainty about our companies and how individual employees may be affected. Uncertainty leads to anxiety, and anxiety can often lead to unproductive or fear-based behavior. This article addresses the importance of clear and open organizational communication,...

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Harnessing the Power of Ownership Passions: Creating an Ownership Vision

This article explores how companies can develop and refine an ownership vision that reflects the companies strategic business goals and addresses key aspects of making a shared ownership vision a concrete and productive company resource. Originally Published In: Journey to...

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