Leadership Spotlight: Measure What Matters – Only What Matters

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Metrics are part of the performance management system and if not used properly, they can do as much harm as good. Join the thousands of county officials and staff nationwide who have participated in the High Performance Leadership Academy! April Cohort Starting Soon If…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Let Actions Get Ahead of Culture

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. Aristotle said, “Change in all things is sweet.” From some perspectives, that may be true, but if you’ve ever experienced periods of big transformation or massive and disruptive change, you may very well take issue with Aristotle’s fervor in explaining it with such palatability.…

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Leadership Spotlight: Don’t Confuse Effort with Progress or Output with Outcomes

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. How often do you greet people throughout the day and ask, “How’s it going?” or “What are you working on?” Probably a lot. How often do you get an immediate response such as, “Wow, there’s a lot going on,” or “We’re really busy working…

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Leadership Spotlight: Excellence Is Not an Exception

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. As you go about preparing to realize your vision, it’s important to plan for excellence. Often — too often, actually — planning efforts are focused on “what” and not “how.” Certainly, knowing what to do is vitally important if you have any chance of…

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Leadership Spotlight: Small Details…Never Are

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. You may be familiar with, or at least have heard of, the book Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff by Richard Carlson. Carlson further explains in the book’s subtitle that it’s all small stuff. Therein lies the challenge. It’s all small stuff, and small details never are…

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Leadership Spotlight: Setting and Realizing a Vision Is Hard, Not Impossible
“Change is hard because, like water and electricity, people follow the path of least resistance.” - Marc Varner, CISO, YUM! Brands
Leadership Spotlight: Setting and Realizing a Vision Is Hard, Not Impossible

This guest post is written by Tim Rahschulte, Ph.D, Chief Executive Officer, Professional Development Academy, in partnership with the NACo High Performance Leadership Academy as part of MACo’s Spotlight on Leadership series. It was mentioned in the previous rule in this article series that if you always do what you’ve always done,you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten. This is a losing proposition because everyone and every organization is looking to get better.When it comes to…

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Leadership Spotlight: Maintaining the Status Quo Doesn’t Lead to Greatness

It was mentioned in the previous rule in this article: the best leaders have a general philosophy that things can always be better. Spend any amount of time with Yanni Charalambous, a vice president at Occidental Petroleum, and you’ll hear him say, “Good enough isn’t good enough if it can be better, and better isn’t good enough if it can be great.” This is true because good enough is often translated into just enough, adequate,…

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Leadership Spotlight: The Foundation of Success Is a Positive Mindset

MACo Members get 12 weeks of leadership training at a reduced rate. Contact Luke Afeman for more details! Leadership. Just reading the word leadership likely creates in your mind an image of someone who has inspired you, challenged you, encouraged you and helped you to believe in yourself. It’s likely someone you admire. Who is that person? Whoever comes to mind right now has something in common with all other great leaders. They all have…

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