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Christine Spadafor
Christine Spadafor is Managing Director at Coltala Holdings. Management Consultant, Lawyer, CEO, Speaker, Board Member
Christine Spadafor is Managing Director at Coltala Holdings. Management Consultant, Lawyer, CEO, Speaker, Board Member
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2018 Winter Olympics excitement is in the air here at The Coltala Group! When CEO RalphManning first convened our group we watched #MiracleOnIce — the iconic story of a dedicated team that outperformed “unbeatable” rivals. Their formula? High-Performance Teamwork. Innovative Strategy. Bold Execution. Continuous Improvement. Integrity and Stewardship. Those are Coltala's values, too. (Want to revisit USA Coach Brooks’ locker room speech from the 1980 Miracle? See the Kurt Russell clip below.) GoUSA!
https://youtu.be/vwpTj_Z9v-c

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A poignant start to the holidays—as I visited my hometown for a community ceremony honoring my mother, who passed away last month. For 25 years Mom was a tireless volunteer for charities—and her greatest initiative was “Festival of Trees.” Now in its 33rd year, FOT annually raises $100,000 for the hospital Mom served and Children’s Miracle Network. Not long after this year’s emotional FOT event I happened to open the Wall Street Journal—and saw an AP news photo of FOT! Mom would have loved seeing this success, and the lesson it taught: Never underestimate one woman’s power to start a movement!

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Just saw the 2016 data regarding diversity in corporate boards of directors — thanks to a study by the Alliance for Board Diversity (ABD) and Deloitte. And guess what? Once again, there is little-to-no progress for board representation of women and minorities. As ABD Chairman Ronald C. Parker told the New York Times, “Corporations need to do more to keep pace with the country’s changing demographics.”

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Tuck School Professor +Sydney Finkelstein makes a sobering case: We are paying a price (intellectually and socially) when each of us is paying attention only to news stories and social media that confirm our own viewpoints. As a result, he warns, we are living “happily in our own worlds, and in the process closing down opportunities for originality, spontaneity and learning.”

My current inquiry: How is this evolving digital media landscape transforming communications between leaders and their (many) important audiences?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4103054/The-AI-tell-advertisers-advertisers-people-willing-try-new-things.html#ixzz4VNJcFyEQ
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Today's "Globe and Mail" included Syd Finkelstein's "Superbosses" among its ten best business books of 2016. This marks a year of ongoing accolades for the Tuck School professor's outstanding leadership study. Haven't read it yet?Here's my review from earlier this year. bit.ly/1T3WvV5

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I had the pleasure of leading a “Nonprofit Turnaround” session today at Harvard’s Kennedy School. My premise: Turning around an under-performing organization has always presented difficult strategic choices. But these challenges may become even more complex and uncertain in the Trump Era. We can’t yet know exactly how 2017 will change the nonprofit environment, but this much is undoubtedly true: Every nonprofit needs to be adaptive and responsive to the changing social, economic and political environment.

Bright, committed attendees made this Kennedy School event a pleasure and privilege. Together, we addressed governance and leadership requirements, as well as key approaches in “diagnosing” organizational issues that are obstacles to sustainability: setting turnaround priorities; identifying key stakeholder groups; developing a holistic turnaround plan; and executing on that plan with relentless focus to achieve success.
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When I recently was elected Chair of the Governance and Nominating Committee for a NYSE-listed company, I set out to do some homework about gender diversity practices among corporate boards. Among other things, I learned that misperceptions still exist regarding a “lack of qualified women” for board positions. U.S. publicly traded companies still have a ways to go! #Diversity, #Women, #Boards, #Governance http://bit.ly/2el216v

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Excited about the announcement from Boyd Gaming, where I’ve been a director since 2009. Boyd recently elected me Chair (1st woman in this role!) of a key board committee. In this position, I now lead the committee responsible for establishing governance policies and procedures, assessing board effectiveness and identifying qualified prospects when board vacancies arise.

Diversity and governance issues long have interested me — so I’m grateful for this new opportunity. Thanks for all the kind words! Details here: http://buff.ly/2cIpa2q

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Fascinating networking event this week: With colleagues from law and business, I toured the rare books collection at Harvard Business School's Baker Library. Among the collection's many gems are those show here: First edition of Adam Smith's "Wealth of Nations" (1776), and the first Chinese translation of that work. We also saw this handsome engraving — the world's first stock certificate — from 1582. Many thanks to Laura Linard, Director of the HBS Baker Library Special Collections!
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Before your next big speech or presentation, take a few minutes to read this interesting post from Stanford Business School lecturer Matt Abrahams. "A Big Data Approach to Public Speaking" draws on the research of Noah Zandan — whose team analyzed more than 100,000 presentations.
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