Start-up CEO Spotlight: How to fire your best friend

Posted December 1, 2016 • Emotional Intelligence,Leadership,Organizational Culture • by Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.

Several of the start-up CEOs I’ve coached recently have struggled with this question: Should I fire one of my co-founders (who is also one of my best friends)? If so, how can I do this while maintaining my integrity as a leader and as a friend?

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How to Build a Compliance Culture

Posted August 10, 2016 • Organizational Culture • by Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.

On July 28, 2016, as a panelist at the global Risk Assistance Network + Exchange (RANE), I spoke about how to build a compliance culture.  Following are a summary of my comments as a panelist:

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HBR article on Both / And Leadership

Posted June 23, 2016 • Leadership • by Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Wishing you a great first day of summer!

As you plan for some summer R&R, we hope you’ll also set aside some summer reflection time to think about the health of your business.  

Is your organization thriving, or just surviving? This question is on the minds of many of our clients as they face mounting challenges and complex market conditions.  

To help our community navigate these issues, we are delighted to share that Alignment Strategies Group Principal Dr. Wendy K. Smith recently co-published this article: “Both / And Leadership” in the May 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

If this strikes a chord, we’d love to set up a call to discuss how you can apply these insights in your organization.  Email us at: with “Thrive” in the subject line.

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Both/And Leadership

Posted April 29, 2016 • Leadership • by Wendy K. Smith, Ph.D.

Great organizations don’t just survive – they thrive. Today’s accomplishments catapult tomorrow’s successes. Local achievements build toward a global triumph. Energized employees and enthusiastic clients spark financial successes.

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Granting & Receiving Authority from Below

Posted April 8, 2016 • Leadership • by Kathy Roszczeda, Guest Blogger

Leader-follower conflict has long prevailed despite organizations’ attempts to ease tensions through leadership training programs. Although granted authority from above, new leaders face the challenge of obtaining authority from their followers. According to Goldman (2010), the CIVIC framework (complexity, interconnectedness, values, imagination, courage) is a useful tool that enables organizations to handle this long-term conflict effectively. Whether you’re a leader or a follower, CIVIC will help you improve organizational relationships and foster team spirit!

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