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Harnessing Resources for Your Flight into the Future

Fascination with flight is a universal human trait. As a pilot and a business executive, I have spent many hours in the air, and countless hours in the cockpit – in either the left seat or the right seat. One of the aircraft that I often flew in was a cabin-class business turboprop that wasContinue Reading

Strom Executive Briefing Recap: Thoughts on Leadership From Three North Dakota Key Influencers

By Dr. Debora Dragseth, Professor of Business, Dickinson State University Dickinson State University partners with the Strom Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation to offer a series of executive breakfast briefings. Outstanding leaders from throughout the region discuss their  insights on leadership best practices. This article introduces three speakers from the March 2014 Strom Executive BriefingContinue Reading

Distrust on a National Scale

On November 30th, the Associated Press published an article entitled, “In God we trust, maybe, but not each other.” Based on a poll completed the month before, it concluded, “Americans don’t trust each other anymore.” Today, “only one-third of Americans say most people can be trusted.” Think about it: A nation of distrusters does notContinue Reading

Two Very Different – Yet Effective – Ways to Build Trust

Two Very Different – Yet Effective – Ways to Build Trust By Mel Nelson, CEO Developing trust is a critical leadership role and skill – one that continues to fascinate me. In recent weeks I had two conversations with two accomplished leaders on how they establish trust. Both of these leaders are men I respectContinue Reading

Real World Integrity

Real world integrity is the alignment of honorable intentions with disciplined behavior. Recently I had the opportunity to speak to a chapter of the FBI National Academy at their annual meeting. The audience was comprised of law enforcement executives and professionals who have completed an intensive ten-week program offered by the FBI to a veryContinue Reading

Integrity & Trust: Next of Kin

Many years ago, before I had children and grandchildren of my own, I was at a lake with a friend who was enjoying his young nephew very much. The boy was four years old and took great delight in energetically throwing himself, launching his body through the air from a picnic table, confident that hisContinue Reading


Trust is a very important dynamic in business success. Two of the features of the Mackinac Bridge which are visible from afar are the twin towers, reaching 525 feet from the waterline toward the heavens. In Building Bridges to the Future®, a business model which uses this bridge as the fundamental metaphor to understand business,Continue Reading

Leadership That Connects

In Building Bridges to the Future®, a business model which uses the Mackinac Bridge as the fundamental metaphor to understand business, the suspension cables represent leadership. Both suspension cables on a bridge and leadership in a corporation are visible from afar. There are 41,000 miles of wire cable which have been “spun” into two 24½ inch-diameter cables toContinue Reading