Author: Eric Douglas Blog

Eric Douglas is the senior partner and founder of Leading Resources Inc., a consulting firm that focuses on developing high-performing organizations. For more than 20 years, Eric has successfully helped a wide array of government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and corporations achieve breakthroughs in performance. His new book The Leadership Equation helps leaders achieve strategic clarity, manage change effectively, and build a leadership culture.

How Effective Leaders Accelerate the Pace of Change

Every leader of a company today lives in fear of the disruptive innovation: the new technology, new service, or new government policy that enables customers to bypass your industry completely and get the same service or product from another source. It happened in the newspaper business, when online services stripped away its near monopoly on …

Taking Responsibility for Your Organization’s Culture

An article by David Brooks in the New York Times on February 11 struck me as prescient in the way it informs how leaders influence their organization’s cultures, often in unintended ways. Brooks begins his article talking about The Beatles and what made them successful. He points out that it was not simply their talent. …

Six Skills for Leading and Managing a Flexible Workplace

A massive change is taking place as people shift to a flexible workplace model. We call this seismic shift the “Third Wave” in how people work. Many organizations have responded in innovative ways. For example, leaders are learning how to manage by outcomes, investing in leadership coaching, and reimagining their organization’s purpose and vision. In …

The Third Wave Organization

In my lifetime, I’ve seen three tidal waves of organizational change. The first wave was driven by computers. Whether you worked in a newspaper, a bank or a bakery, computers enabled you to work more efficiently. Because of computers, our work processes became more efficient – more measurable, more repeatable and more standardized. Office buildings …

Change Management Plan: How Effective Leaders Manage Change

How do you engage an entire organization in effectively moving from one way of thinking about the business to another? At LRI, we focus on seven stages to a successful change management plan, as the following figure illustrates. Don’t have time right now to read the post? Download the PDF Leading the Change Process 1. …

How Effective Leaders Build Organizational Culture

Building or reinforcing a great culture can require a lot of work. But investing in your company’s culture will have a major impact on performance. Download the PDF – “How Effective Leaders Build Organizational Culture” What do we mean by organizational culture? Organizational culture is a set of ingrained behaviors or norms that employees display …

Five Habits of High-Performing Virtual Teams

What characterizes a highly effective virtual team? We’ve put together the latest research into virtual teams to help you get a fresh, updated look at the Five Habits of High-Performing Teams, along with questions to help you assess how your team is doing. The book “The Five Dysfunctions of a Team” by Patrick Lencioni provides …

Building Focus and Trust in Virtual Teams: What the Research Reveals

Following up on our previous blog, our readers asked us to share more of the research we found into building focus and trust in virtual teams. Let’s start with the research into trust, and why it’s so pivotal. High levels of trust enable teams and team members to feel – and be – productive, energized, …

Building Focus and Trust in Virtual Teams

As teams migrate more of their work to a permanent hybrid state, where people work both virtually and in person, it’s critical to think about what team leaders can do to assure the success of their teams. In this article, we want to zero in on the importance of building focus and trust. Download the …

Five Best Practices of Non-Profit Boards (and 5 Lessons Learned)

Diversity, inclusion, equity, transparency, cybersecurity, digital transformation—as the list of Board issues continues to rise, the importance of good governance fundamentals cannot be overlooked. In my experience working with non-profit boards for more than 25 years, there are five best practices of high-performing boards that should be at the core of every Board’s understanding. Download …