A mentor and a sponsor function very differently, yet the roles are often confused and used interchangeably by those seeking help and support with their careers. The main difference between these two roles is:  mentors advise and sponsors act.  Let’s look at the roles i...

CHICAGO - What makes engaged volunteers suddenly quit volunteering?

The most common reason given by volunteers who leave is “I’m too busy with other things”.  Dig a little further and you’ll uncover the true reason that good volunteers leave.  If they are honest, you’ll...

April 23, 2015


Engagement can be defined in a number of ways.  We can be engaged to be married or we can commit to attending an event or a meeting (an engagement).  We can even engage by participating in a disagreement or a battle (engaging the enemy).  The common thread is that each...

There is a concept in French which is called "Noblesse oblige". It means, roughly, that wealth, power and prestige go hand-in-hand with certain social responsibilities – in other words, with privilege comes duty. It is a privilege when we have the opportunity to lead a...

February 10, 2015

What is the most significant predictor of great leadership?


Many leadership experts have asked and addressed the question: are leaders born or made? Our perspective—based on 20 plus years of experience—is that the best single predictor of great leadership is the commitm...

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Is Supplier Diversity an Effective Tool for Business Growth?

September 6, 2019

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