How to Sync Your Leadership Team’s Skills with Organizational Growth

By Brent Green

If you are a CEO or a senior leader of a growing organization, you know how critical it is to have the right mix of skills, knowledge, and behaviors among your top team to drive growth and performance. How do you adapt your team’s composition and dynamics to match the needs and demands at different … Continue reading How to Sync Your Leadership Team’s Skills with Organizational Growth

Beyond the Paycheck: An Employee Guide to A Dream Job

By Briana Hilton

Employee satisfaction is influenced by factors well beyond the paycheck. Research highlights the crucial role of elements like company culture, leadership quality, opportunities to advance critical skills, and career advancement opportunities in influencing workplace contentment across various income levels. As Open Sourced Workplace notes, organizational culture, leadership behavior, skill development, and career advancement are intertwined, … Continue reading Beyond the Paycheck: An Employee Guide to A Dream Job

Six P’s to peak meeting performance.

By Peter DiGiammarino

Transform the way you participate in board sessions, executive reviews, operating meetings, design and code walkthroughs, All Hands meetings, interviews, and more! Adopt the **Six Ps** for enhanced individual and group performance. Prepare Read materials sent in advance with enough lead-time to reflect on their content. If you are the meeting owner, make it easy … Continue reading Six P’s to peak meeting performance.

Prompt Engineering: How We Put Generative AI to Work For Our Business

By Breanna DiGiammarino

Summary: In just six prompt engineering iterations we achieved real business value with generative Artificial Intelligence in that we are now able to: Significantly reduce the time required to review and assess client submissions using our WHAT-WHO-WHY rubric. Provide a comprehensive evaluation and quality suggestions for each entry. Make explicit and accessible our assessment and … Continue reading Prompt Engineering: How We Put Generative AI to Work For Our Business

Four Steps to a Smooth Transition

By Peter DiGiammarino

Below are four steps to smooth the transition out of a top role. It is critical to execute the steps in order. (See also: Transitions: Making Sense of Life’s Changes by William Bridges): Get Out Clean Most leaders are not experienced at dismissing someone, especially senior people, so your departure may be chaotic and traumatic … Continue reading Four Steps to a Smooth Transition

MtL Workshops: A Proven Way to Accelerate Your Team’s Leadership Skills, Alignment, and Growth

By Peter DiGiammarino

Are you looking for a way to help your team reach its full potential? If so, you may be interested in IntelliVen Manage to Lead (MtL) Workshops. MtL half-day Workshops help leaders develop the skills and knowledge they need to architect, build, govern, and change their organizations. MtL Workshops are based on a proven system … Continue reading MtL Workshops: A Proven Way to Accelerate Your Team’s Leadership Skills, Alignment, and Growth

From Vision to Action! How to Align Your Team and Execute Your Plan

By Whitney Bembenek

In today’s rapidly evolving landscape, having a clear and well-defined strategy to win the game you are playing is critical. It’s the roadmap that guides your organization towards its goals and ensures that every action and decision aligns with your vision. However, crafting and implementing an effective strategy can be a complex and daunting task. … Continue reading From Vision to Action! How to Align Your Team and Execute Your Plan

How AI Chatbots Can Boost Your Content Creation

By Breanna DiGiammarino

AI chatbots such as ChatGPT and Bard can help you create better content faster and more easily by providing relevant feedback, reasoning and resources. This post shares tips and considerations for using AI chatbots to develop content gleaned from experience during a recent IntelliVen content and community development project for a San Francisco-based, fast-growing startup … Continue reading How AI Chatbots Can Boost Your Content Creation

Diligence Support for Federal Sector

By Mark Tice

If you are looking for opportunities to invest in firms that provide professional services and software to the U.S. federal government, you know how challenging it can be to assess the potential and risks of these businesses. Working with the federal government is not just another market, it is more like a different planet. Everything … Continue reading Diligence Support for Federal Sector

The Secret to Creating a Productive Private Company Board of Directors

By David Halwig

Successful, fast-growing private companies often struggle with how to set up and operate a high-functioning board of directors. What tends to evolve is a group of well-intentioned people that meet every few months for a couple of days to learn about all the great things the company is doing instead of having a crisp discussion … Continue reading The Secret to Creating a Productive Private Company Board of Directors

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Ten Steps to Drive Change from the Inside

By Peter DiGiammarino | August 8, 2020

If you are frustrated by an organization resistant to embracing a change you believe is right, consider using the following steps as a road map to seeing your ideas through to reality.

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Private Equity investors leverage intelligence as well as Dollars

By Peter DiGiammarino | August 4, 2020

Private equity (PE) investors have come a long way since they first appeared shortly after World War II. Their initial edge was their ability to do financial engineering where debt was used to make every dollar invested (note, invested dollars are called equity) generate a return multiple times what was originally invested (a.k.a.: multiple of … Continue reading Private Equity investors leverage intelligence as well as Dollars


How Leaders Learn From Those With a Stake in Their Success

By Peter DiGiammarino | July 24, 2020

There is now even more change in how leaders and followers relate. Specifically, we see more emphasis on a leader’s capacity to build and sustain an inclusive and high-trust relationship with a loyal, capable, and motivated followership.

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How to Make Meetings Powerful Using a Pen

By Peter DiGiammarino | July 22, 2020

There really is “power in the pen”.  The person who takes notes on meeting and then drafts and distributes the Meeting Record is demonstrating leadership.

3 Levels of Human Identity Can Be Used to Build Relationships Across Difference

By Peter DiGiammarino | July 19, 2020

To start, it helps to have common language and frameworks that make it possible to understand the complexities of communication dynamics posed by working across social group identities such as age, ability, gender, culture, class, race, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status.

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A Practical Guide to Building and Running a High-Performing Board

By Peter DiGiammarino | June 28, 2020

There is a lot more value that can be derived from working with the board but it takes a lot of work in building, cultivating, and working with boards.


What makes an exceptional W-W-W

By Peter DiGiammarino | June 27, 2020

The purpose of a business is to solve a problem for a customer…which drives every leadership team to align on its WWW; that is on WHAT their organization provides to WHO and WHY customers buy it from them.

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How to Run Operating Meetings

By Peter DiGiammarino | June 27, 2020

An IntelliVen CEO client recently put it this way: “It’s easy to make great progress when you weren’t doing much in the first place” when commenting on the lift in performance experienced after tweaking the approach to running his organization’s weekly Operating Group Meeting.

3 Tips and Four C’s to Raise a leader’s Communication game

By Peter DiGiammarino | May 29, 2020

Your voice speaks volumes about your confidence level, your education, socioeconomic stature, and your roots. And your voice can be managed to help you be a more effective leader.

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4 Steps to Tap Into the Power of The Learning Community

By Peter DiGiammarino | May 15, 2020

There is now a featured post at the top of the IntelliVen LinkedIn Company Page called Ask the Learning Community. Every Friday we will post a question or situation submitted by an ILC member. You are invited to enter a comment to share your reaction, suggestions, experience, wisdom, and/or resources. This post explains the mechanics you need to know to participate. Don’t hesitate to jump in and give it a try. As always, your feedback and suggestions are most welcome.

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How to set direction when the leader is not sure where to head next

By Peter DiGiammarino | May 10, 2020

Leaders set direction, align resources, and motivate action as suggested by the panels in Figure 1.  Another way to put it is that a leader develops, holds, nurtures, communicates, and drives to achieve a vision.

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How to connect the Top-of-the-House to the FrontLine

By Peter DiGiammarino | May 8, 2020

When top leaders are informed, thinking critically, and engaged enough to provide guidance and direction, things tend to go pretty well.  That is, things get done better, sooner, and more smoothly when leaders pay attention.