Insights from Amanda

Encouraging Shared Leadership through Planning

Mike Stewart, Executive Director of Boyer’s Children’s Clinic, chose to work with Amanda recently to develop a new strategic plan. ‘We were operating from a strategic plan adopted in 2008,’ Mike reflected. ‘Its original shelf life was three years; it had run its…

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Strategic Planning Moves the Dial

When Kathy Alm, Executive Director of Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee for PATH International needed a planning consultant, she thought of Amanda. As a long‐time board member and former board chair of PATH Intl, Kathy…

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Three Most Important Things

When I work with leaders on their Priority 1–2-3, A‐B‐C List, a frequent question usually is:  How do I decide what the three most important things are?  It’s a good question, because your Priority List is not a typical To‐Do list. There’s an important difference…

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Meydenbauer Center

As a result of the great work Amanda did with KidsQuest Children’s Museum (I’m a KidsQuest board member), I asked her to work with me and my leadership team at the Meydenbauer Center – Bellevue, Washington’s $8 million premier convention center and performing arts…

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Fun and Flexibility Create a Successful Governance Retreat

I met Amanda in May 2010 at a Northwest Regional Primary Care Association Conference where she was guest speaking. In her session, she talked about board‐CEO relations. I was impressed with the overall presentation and how she responded to difficult questions. It was…

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Is Your Leadership on Autopilot?

We all know that when you want to get better at something, you have to practice – whether it’s sports, music, dance or….leadership. To improve our leadership, we often read books, attend seminars, observe famous leaders, even look at our bosses and swear we will never…

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Sometimes You Need to Go Slow, to Go Fast

Cato was a gift, although I didn’t know that for a long time.  After two years of searching for the perfect endurance horse, I discovered Cato in the foothills of the Bitterroot Mountains. He came from a herd owned by one of America’s  top ten endurance riders. A…

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That Vision Thing

Most executives I know are skilled at the ‘we’ vision – that which inspires an organization, major donors or investors, and stakeholders. They’ve helped create it, they live and breathe it, and are truly accomplished at galvanizing others around that ‘we’ vision. In…

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A Bucket or a Basket? Where Do You Put Your Dreams?

Every leader needs a bucket list. It’s a helpful concept that can encourage us to be forward‐thinking, stretch outside our comfort zone, and set goals. Bucket lists also have some drawbacks: They can keep us focused on what we haven’t — instead of what we have -…

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