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Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

“Coming to work here was like being able to breathe for the first time,” said one New Belgium employee. The company embraces individuality and encourages employees to be themselves; the result is a financially successful workplace with a culture that abounds in trust and diversity. How to use this video:  Watch this video with your […] → Continue Reading Bring Your Self to Work: How Embracing Individuality Builds Trust & Drives Results

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SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

For privately-owned companies, knowing when to sell, and to whom, is a stressful decisions. Kim Jordan, founder of New Belgium Brewing, wanted to make sure her company passed into the hands of someone who shared her values and hopes for the company. Ultimately, her decision on a buyer had significant financial implications for the company and […] → Continue Reading SOLD: How New Belgium Brewing Sold the Company to the Employees – and Became More Successful in the Process

Why Should Business Leaders Invest in their Communities?

Building a Culture of Civic Entrepreneurship Many leaders think in terms of products and profits. Fewer focus on their employees. And even fewer may think about the communities in which they operate and their impact on these communities. Lacking a focus on local communities can actually impair business success.   However, practicing good corporate citizenship can […] → Continue Reading Why Should Business Leaders Invest in their Communities?

Two Strategies for Building Community: Be Local, Be Flexible

Having strong community roots can motivate employees and build a positive reputation for your company. How do you develop those roots? Leaders at Fresno First Bank say it takes two strategies: be local, be flexible. They explain how in this short video. How to use this video:  Watch this video with your senior leadership team, […] → Continue Reading Two Strategies for Building Community: Be Local, Be Flexible

Three Steps to Creating a Passionate Workforce

Would you describe your team members as passionate? If not, then you may be missing out on the benefits of a powerfully engaged workforce. In this short video, associates from Fresno First Bank share how they create a passionate, motivated, productive workforce. How to use this video:  Watch this video with your senior leadership team, […] → Continue Reading Three Steps to Creating a Passionate Workforce

Why Having a Passionate Workforce Matters

Create Harmonious Passion First Fresno Bank has five core values: loyalty, service, flexibility, local focus, and passion. When their key employees are asked if one of the core values is most important, almost everyone says passion. They maintain that passion is the driver for the other core values and for success of the business. Researchers […] → Continue Reading Why Having a Passionate Workforce Matters

April 10: Leading Enduring & Endearing Organizations, with Raj Sisodia (Chicago)

Leading Endearing & Enduring Companies: New Rules for Off-the-Charts Success The rules of business are changing. In researching their best-selling book Firms of Endearment, Dr. Raj Sisodia and his co-authors made a discovery: the old rules of business were no longer working. Successful companies – companies that outperformed the S&P 500 by 100 percent and […] → Continue Reading April 10: Leading Enduring & Endearing Organizations, with Raj Sisodia (Chicago)

ONGOING: Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for Senior Executives

Join the Return on Values Project’s researchers in the classroom and connect values with strategy to drive results. Benedictine University’s Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership is an innovative program tailored to meet the exacting standards and demanding schedules of senior leaders who work full time. Our students say it’s also the best leadership development program they’ve ever experienced. […] → Continue Reading ONGOING: Ph.D./D.B.A. Program in Values-Driven Leadership, for Senior Executives

ONGOING: Join the Small Giants Community

Gathering the smartest changemakers and entrepreneurs from across the land. If you like the Return on Values Project content, we encourage you to become a member of the Small Giants Community. As a member, you’ll connect with leaders from around the world who not only share your values, but also have a passion for giving […] → Continue Reading ONGOING: Join the Small Giants Community

Put People First…and Results Will Follow

In our previous series, we focused on how the exceptional companies we study as part of the Return on Values research project hire and retain top talent. In this series, we want to address what they do with people once they’re in the door. Universally, the companies in our study have a “people first” approach […] → Continue Reading Put People First…and Results Will Follow