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Subtle Erosion

I’m sure I enjoy Annapolis, Maryland, more than the average visitor. I grew up just outside Annapolis and hold many positive memories. I’ve grown to admire and enjoy the colonial architecture, town history, waterfront and fresh seafood restaurants. I was breathing it all in on a recent visit. Annapolis looked and felt better than ever. […]

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Can You Take Constructive Feedback?

Prior to the Masters Golf Tournament an unscientific poll was taken that found Bubba Watson to be the PGA Tour golfer that other pros would be least likely to help in a parking lot fight. The poll was attempting to identify the least-liked male professional golfer. When Bubba was asked what he thought of the […]

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Video Blog: Thinking About… Leadership vs. Management

Jun 22, 2015 By (Bio) One Comment

North Group Consultants’ president & founder, Roger North, discusses the differences between leadership and management. The better we lead, the less we need to manage. How do you best influence others? We also invite you to tell us, “What have you been thinking about?”

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Leadership Barriers

While I’d like to think I am secure in who I am, confident in what I can do, and convinced of where I’m supposed to be in life, I must admit I sometimes let barriers stand in the way of my leadership abilities. Jenni Catron, in her book, Clout: Discover and Unleash Your God-Given Influence, […]

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Tribute to a Life Well Lived

May 20, 2015 By (Bio) 2 Comments

We lost a family member recently. Laurie Black, the much loved wife of our partner, Brian Black, died on May 5 following an exemplary and courageous 4 1/2 year battle with ovarian cancer. She was 54 years old. Laurie was only “officially” a member of the North Group family for 16 months. (Brian joined us […]

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On Listening

Author and Professor David W. Augsburger says, “Being heard is so close to being loved, that for the average person, they are almost indistinguishable.” Recently I had a difficult conversation with another person. I wanted to listen, to care and to respond in ways that were helpful to both of us. Yet, as I experienced […]

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Video Blog: Thinking About… Patterns & Routines

In this short video North Group Consultants’ president and founder, Roger North, along with partner and senior consultant, Brian Black, discuss how the patterns and routines of a leader can impact an organization. What patterns should you be continuing? What routines should you be changing?  We also invite you to tell us, “What have you been […]

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Here We Go Again

As leaders, or those being led, you know how it feels when a topic comes up for discussion a second or third time. If the topic is near and dear to you, you are grateful for the persistence. However, if you are tired of what feels like unproductive rehashing, you are likely thinking, “Here we […]

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What Do I Want to Be (Like) When I Grow Up?

Mar 20, 2015 By (Bio) No Comments

We often ask children: What do you want to be when you grow up? Their answers can range from fireman to nurse, from teacher to pilot or even to trash collector (depending on the child’s fascination at the time.) Less frequently, we ask an even more important question….of children and of ourselves: What do you […]

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Simple Abundance

One of my favorite books is Simple Abundance by Sarah Ban Breathnach.   What a powerful title.  I live in such abundance.  Keeping anything simple is my real challenge. Take my closet for instance.  Every season I say I will clean out old clothes.  And, every season I add to the closet at least twice as […]

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