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    Building & Leading High-Performance Teams-7 Questions Leaders Ask

    What’s good for the general is also good for the corporate leader!

    Effective leaders ask many questions – and listen to the answers they receive.  Great leaders act on what they hear. A right of passage for first year cadets (plebes) at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point (USMA) requires the memorization of a wide range of information and the accurate recitation of the details when requested by upperclassmen.  The objective of the exercise, according to the guidebook of the time, was to develop memory retention skills and the ability to perform...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 10, 2014

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    Leading in Chaos – Six Essentials to Stay Focused & Enable Success

    VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, & Ambiguity – is the new normal.

    Can you imagine anything more disconcerting than driving at 100 mph in a thick fog – with the radio blaring, cell phone ringing, and the kids in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet?”  Yet, isn’t that what it is like operating in business today?  The fog is thick, the pace is rapid, and the distractions are constant.  Where can business leaders find solutions to be able to navigate through this chaos and produce results in this very uncomfortable...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 28, 2014

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    Karen Kuhla, Ph.D.

    Executive Director, Education, Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point

      Karen Kuhla, Ph.D. Executive Director, Education Thayer Leader Development Group at West Point   Biography   Karen has over 20 years in the field of leadership development working with leaders, and students of leadership, in the corporate, non-profit, and education environments. In her current role, she leads a world-class team to deliver leadership and ethics education based on the Army's leadership framework of “Be, Know, Do” to help develop full-time leaders of...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership on January 22, 2014

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    Five Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

    How do you and your leadership team measure up in these capabilities?

    As February annually asks us to reflect on our Presidents, it too allows us to reflect on our own leadership and leaders in our organizations. I cannot help but reflect on the leadership capabilities of our 16th President.  As we lament the divisiveness of our current national political dialogue and the uncertainty and ambiguity it creates geopolitically for business, political, military and global leaders, I am reminded that our nation has suffered greater challenges and pulled through them. ...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 14, 2014

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    Re-imagine Risk, Accelerate Innovation

    5 Characteristics of Innovative Organizations

    Nothing daring happens around here! Where’s the creativity? Where’s the innovation? Where’s the courage? Fortune favors the bold!    Of course we’ve heard that before. Every organization’s senior leadership longs for something great to happen, for the next great idea to emerge and propel the organization forward into a position as a market leader.    So we stimulate creativity….at least we think we do. We attend creativity sessions. We post our...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 25, 2014

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    Leading Through Change: Persistence and change agents are vital!

    Find those trusted agents who can help you.

    No doubt at some point in your career you have heard, "We tried that, and it didn't work." or "We don't need to make any changes."  Change is not easy, in fact, most will resist change.  We get comfortable with the way we do business and change is just that, change.  Change can be difficult.   When I became the head of the Department of Physical Education at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1997, gymnastics was one of the required courses for all plebes (freshmen).  The...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on May 13, 2014

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