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About Don Johnson

Don Johnson, the Founder and President of the Integria Group, LLC, has over 25 years of experience in business management, leadership, sales and consulting in the performance improvement industry. He founded the Integria Group after being a Principal Consultant with Axialent. He has worked extensively with executives at Google, YouTube, Yahoo! AXA USA, Crowe Horwath, The Jamaican Ministry of Defense, The United States Federal Court System and Allinial Global helping them develop their leadership skills and their business effectiveness. Don was formerly the US Director of Sales for Insights for 5 years helping lead the business to record growth and also worked at Achieve Global, a leading international training and consulting firm, holding many positions, including Regional Director and later Regional Vice President. For five years, he managed a 30-person, $15 million business unit, leading his organization through the post-merger integration of three consulting companies. After completing his undergraduate degree from Ohio Wesleyan University in English Literature, Don started his career at Élan Vital, an international non-profit organization that promotes the work of Prem Rawat. A member of the Élan Vital management team from a young age, Don was appointed President of the corporation in 1980 and held the position for four years. He is a competitive tennis player, plays guitar and writes and records music. He lives in Tayport, Scotland, a small village on the North Sea.

Leadership Effectiveness: The Power of Humility

I’ve been reflecting on my 25 years of corporate sales, consulting and leadership experience lately.  In particular I’ve been thinking about a few of the wonderful leaders I’ve enjoyed working with and how much I learned, felt highly engaged, was … Continue reading

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Building a Successful Corporate Culture: Three Strategies for Developing and Retaining High Performers

Employee engagement levels are plummeting according to the recent Gallup poll. And that includes high performers too. The best talent is working with low morale; limited loyalty; and declining patience. They are overworked, underappreciated, unmanaged.  Their resumes are up to … Continue reading

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Five Strategies to Lead Your Organization through Change: There are No Monsters in the Basement!

“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”  – Will Rogers Leaders don’t protect the status quo; they challenge the status quo in the pursuit of excellence.  They change compensations plans, realign … Continue reading

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The Art of Humility and the Science of Irrationality

Here is a simple math problem: “A bat and a ball costs $1.10. The bat costs $1 more than the ball.  How much does the ball cost?” (Answer at the end of this article.)  Getting the correct answer depends on … Continue reading

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Concerned About Rising Employee Disengagement? Then Walk the Middle Path

Leaders today are more overworked than I have ever seen in the past twenty years and are expected to perform at increasingly high levels, day in and day out. They are faced with crises and difficult situations on a regular … Continue reading

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Rock the boat without getting thrown off!

Leaders make things happen. They challenge the status quo, they push the envelope, they find ways to accomplish things others might think impossible. And the very best leaders do all of this and still bring people with them. In fact … Continue reading

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Sincerity, Authenticity and the Hero’s Journey

I’ve been thinking about sincerity and authenticity lately, particularly after watching the recent Tiger Woods monologue.   Before he came on I wondered how I would feel as he offered his mea culpa. When he spoke, I watched him closely, listening … Continue reading

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How to Give Feedback that is Honest and Respectful

Giving tough feedback to someone in the workplace or at home can be a real challenge.  There is a lot at stake. If it goes badly, relationships may be damaged, jeopardizing the ability to work well together in the future.  … Continue reading

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How to Resolve Disagreements Skillfully

Have you ever had a day that’s been going really well and then suddenly it takes a left turn into an argument that leaves you stunned, frustrated and upset? It can happen to the best of us. Here are some … Continue reading

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Why Success Trumps Winning

You may have heard about the blown call by Major League Baseball umpire Jim Joyce recently that resulted in Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga losing what would have been the 21st perfect game in the history of baseball.  Both men, many … Continue reading

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