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HBR article on Both / And Leadership

Posted June 23, 2016 • Leadership • by Jennifer Goldman-Wetzler, Ph.D.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,

Wishing you a great first day of summer!

As you plan for some summer R&R, we hope you’ll also set aside some summer reflection time to think about the health of your business.  

Is your organization thriving, or just surviving? This question is on the minds of many of our clients as they face mounting challenges and complex market conditions.  

To help our community navigate these issues, we are delighted to share that Alignment Strategies Group Principal Dr. Wendy K. Smith recently co-published this article: “Both / And Leadership” in the May 2016 issue of the Harvard Business Review.

If this strikes a chord, we’d love to set up a call to discuss how you can apply these insights in your organization.  Email us at: with “Thrive” in the subject line.


Sending you all our best for a restful and re-energizing summer,

Jen and Wendy

You can learn more about Alignment Strategies Group here.

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Great organizations don’t just survive – they thrive. Today’s accomplishments catapult tomorrow’s successes. Local achievements build toward a global triumph. Energized employees and enthusiastic clients spark financial successes. The problem is that most organizations don’t thrive – many don’t even survive. Instead they become mired in ongoing conflicts, tensions and challenges that leave them stuck trying to move forward, which can ultimately result in decline and demise. Efforts for today constantly compete with experiments for tomorrow. Local initiative is completely at odds with global integration. In our research with companies over the last 20 years, we have developed an alternative model showing leaders how to embrace, rather than solve, paradoxes. The model involves changing your leadership approach as well as shifting your organization’s practices.  Read more…

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