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  • Jeff DeGraff
    Using the Right Innovation Tool for the Right Innovation Job
    An all-purpose solution is never the answer to your innovation challenge. Creativity initiatives come in all different sizes--and so should the tools we apply to achieve them. Be wary of innovation techniques or frameworks that claim to solve...
  • 21 Healthy leadership qualities
    21 Healthy leadership qualities
    To be a leader, first you would have to be a follower.Healthy Leadership QualitiesLeadership Ability Determines a Person's Level of EffectivenessThe True Measure of Leadership is Influence-Nothing More, Nothing LessLeadership Develops Daily,...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Myth of Creativity On-Demand
    In a world where a single touch on a screen can bring us any service or product imaginable whenever we want it, creativity still runs at its own pace. It's the one thing we'll never be able to get on-demand: the spark of inspiration that...
  • Champions Of Business - 2015
    KCBJ names Kansas City's 2015 Champions of Business
    The Kansas City Business Journal will celebrate this year's 15 honorees in its annual Champions of Business competition from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 15 at the Sheraton Overland Park (6100 College Blvd., Overland Park, KS)...
  • Cheney
    Dick Cheney opines on America's worst president
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney spoke his opinion on the current administration. Cheney’s opinions arose during a radio talk show hosted by Hugh Hewitt. Politico reports that Cheney’s opening comments concluded that the president...
  • Succession Planning
    Succession Planning: What Should You Be Doing Now?
    Leadership departures stole headlines and became a recurring theme with the S&P 500 CEO’s in 2014. Will we see more moves in 2015, when earnings reports begin on April 15th?Has the past damage been worse than we thought? According to a...
  • Leadership Dilemma: Tackling the Difference between Problems and Patterns
    Leadership Dilemma: Tackling the Difference between Problems and Patterns
    One of the most important responsibilities for leaders is to solve problems and then get on to what is next. In this century we have so many resources for problem solving, be it through an infusion of capital, new equipment, hiring more employees,...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Best Way to Look for the Next Big Thing
    The opportunity to innovate may be right in front of your eyes, but turn around or blink and you'll miss it. Seizing on a moment of potential growth or creativity is about having the right field of vision. Think of watching a spectacular...
  • Daniel Burrus
    Leadership "Strengths" That Are Actually Weaknesses
    What does it mean to be a great leader today?The triumphant stories of tech moguls, business icons, and successful entrepreneurs have become a popular fixture in films, books, and TV shows — both fictionalized and fully fictional. We can...
  • Small Business Success
    CEED's 31st Annual Award Celebration
    On April 23rd, the Center for Empowerment and Economic Development (CEED) will recognize those individuals that have empowered others or receive empowerment from CEED for demonstrating outstanding commitment will supporting the small business...
  • Stone-faced
    Stone-faced
    How to make sure that you are doing the things it takes to grow your companyGrowing your company – or any business, requires change. But that change has to enable the company to move toward a specific goal. Beyond creating a strategic plan,...
  • Real joy real leadership
    Fake joy is not real leadership
    Whatever your leadership structure (elder, deacon, solo pastor), the church desperately needs to be led and shepherded in joy. Not that perfect teeth, perfect suit, “there is nothing ever wrong in my life” fake joy that quite often...
  • Jeff DeGraff
    The Future Has Come and Gone: You Just Missed It
    The fundamental difference between leading and leading innovation is simply this: there is no data on the future where breakthrough innovation happens. Try guessing what will be the hot consumer electronics item in three years or what miracle...
  • Seahawk wide receive Doug Baldwin Talks about Leadership
    Seahawk Doug Baldwin Gives 3 Keys to Leadership
    If you're wondering what a Seahawk does off season, here's a glimpse. He acts as a special guest speaker for the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce luncheon offering up tips on leadership. His audience: it's a mix of adults and local teens...
  • Burns & McDonnell
    Burns & McDonnell ranks No. 15 on Fortune's 2015 best companies to work for list
    Burns & McDonnell is the only Kansas City-area company to rank on this year's Fortune Best Companies To Work For list. The employee-owned engineering firm ranks No. 15, on this prestigious list, now in it's 18th year of partnering with...
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