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April 2011

Bull City Forward Sustainable Strategic Planning Poster!

2017-01-17T17:22:44-05:00April 30th, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, 4. Collaborative Relationships, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

Yesterday evening, I attended the one year anniversary celebration of Bull City Forward, a non-profit in Durham that was created to foster the development of social enterprises.   Many leaders in the Durham social enterprise scene were there including Social Enterprise Network of the Triangle members, Jeff Stern from TROSA, Ann Woodward from the Scrap Exchange, Chris Carmody from Green Plus, and Matt Nash from the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise at Duke.   I had a chance to quickly chat with Bull City Forward  Executive Director, Christopher Gergen, and his enthusiasm and passion are clearly a force with the organization. He has a vision to see North Carolina as a hub of social enterprise activity throughout the State, and he’s already working with Charlotte to begin the Queen City Forward organization.  I have no doubt he’ll be working to build a statewide organization in the years to come.

He unveiled a poster at the event which revealed his sustainable strategic […]

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August 2010

Five Methods of Conflict Resolution with Groups

2017-01-17T17:22:49-05:00August 19th, 2010|4. Collaborative Relationships|

IStock_000002771093XSmall During my training at the Toastmasters International Convention in Palm Desert, I had an opportunity to learn about how people go about managing conflict.  There were five methods that were discussed:

  1. Ignore It. – As the name of the method suggests, when a conflict arises, some managers choose to ignore the problem rather than address it.  When this happens, typically, the problem persists and never gets resolved.  Some managers may resort to ignoring an issue when they know the situation will be short-lived (i.e. the individual is transferring to another department or leaving the country) or they believe that addressing the problem takes lower priority to other items at hand. 
  2. Smooth It Over. – In this situation, often an issue needs to be addressed, but the manager will make the decision more appealing to the group by addressing the strengths of the proposal and minimizing the weaknesses.  The following scenario was presented: a person was […]
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The Benefits of Collaboration

2017-01-17T17:22:50-05:00August 5th, 2010|4. Collaborative Relationships|

IStock_000004700105XSmall I had the benefit of participating in a regional leadership program here in North Carolina known as "Leadership Triangle" where I had the opportunity to meet with leaders throughout the area from Raleigh, Durham, Cary, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough and Pittsboro.  We met once or twice a month between February to May with each session focusing on a special topic ranging from transportation issues to government interactions to environmental sustainability.  The intent of the program is to bring leaders together for potential future collaboration. 

From that initial class, I'm in the process of working with two class members on a project to build awareness in our community about Human Trafficking.  It's still in the preliminary stages, but it is a tribute to the intent of the class to bring thought leaders together to help with social issues affecting our community.  Stay tuned as I'll post information as the project evolves.  At this point, we've met […]

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August 2007

Relationship Economics

2017-01-17T17:24:16-05:00August 24th, 2007|4. Collaborative Relationships|

The Internet has enabled a phenomenon known as social networking in our society where strangers who share a common interest or have a common acquaintance can meet and share ideas.  Wikipedia has a list of social networking sites, and the variety spans the gamut from school reunion sites such as Classmates.com to business sites such as LinkedIn and Plaxo.   In addition to meeting people with a common interest in hobbies, it’s also a great tool for business development. 

During my trip to Atlanta, I met with David Nour who specializes in Relationship Economics and he shared with me how he uses these social networks to help with sales opportunities and recounts how he won business with a Fortune 500 company through using LinkedIn.   

My memberships with professional organizations such as the National Speakers Association, Toastmasters International, the International Society for Performance Improvement and others have also introduced me to some great people and resources. 

After […]