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Organizational Effectiveness

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Delivering Results
Leadership is about doing your best and bringing out the best in others. This is my favorite definition of leadership, because you don’t have to be the leader in order to be a leader. As leaders, we have the obligation to ensure that our decisions, actions, and resources effectively support the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

Organizational effectiveness is the efficiency in which an organization delivers results. People often ask me about specific ways in which they can contribute to their organization’s effectiveness. Below are two helpful frameworks for exploring this topic.
Cybernetic Leadership
In the book How Colleges Work, Robert Birnbaum describes characteristics of cybernetic leaders:
Know their staff well. They achieve status by being able to sincerely articulate the unspoken concerns of others.
Recognize that listening and influencing are reciprocal in nature. The more we listen to others, the more others listen to us. We influence others by …

Stop Talking

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Looking through a New LensIn today’s fast-paced, ever-changing environment leaders are expected to move with speed and agility, and to drive results. Individual talent, skill, and effort are highly valued and rewarded. At times, I feel myself getting caught up in this mantra, watching life fly by. Yet, I know I feel and do my best when I find ways to slow down and reconnect with nature. Thinking about this inspired me to examine the intersections of my leadership style and personal identity, as a Chippewa with a tribal affiliation of the Turtle Mountain tribe in North Dakota. The book Stop Talking: Indigenous Ways of Teaching and Learning and Difficult Dialogs in Higher Education provided me with a starting point to reflect upon leadership lessons. Even though higher education is the contextual backdrop, the lessons are relevant to any profession, and to new as well as experienced professionals. 
Interconnectivity 
Native American culture emphasizes the principle of the interconnectedne…