Innovation and change are paramount to any organization that wants to be a market leader. Here are 9 tips to help leaders make the difficulties of change more palatable, and better yet, lead to success!
In many cases, the flurry of DEI-related activity in 2020 has been healthy, productive, and long overdue. If you're struggling with creating a diverse, more equitable, and more inclusive organization, read on for tips and strategic advice to help you on this journey.
During large-scale change, being nimble is key. You must be know your Why, but be prepared to adjust your what and how as new challenges arise. Let your purpose, your why, guide you and your people to achieve long-term success in the end.
The coronavirus has forced many to cancel meetings, conferences, and gatherings that were previously considered essential. Don't go dark, go virtual! Here are our top tips for driving virtual engagement that works.
While welcoming adversity might feel counterintuitive and against how most human brains are wired, the benefits are huge. So the next time you’re facing what you would normally consider an undesirable and unexpected problem, try hugging that thunderstorm of adversity. Odds are, you’re about to see your personal growth skyrocket.
I think great performers and CEOs often have an uncanny ability to refine special skills of extraordinary anticipation and exceptional peripheral vision. A great illustrative point of that concept is hockey great Wayne Gretzy’s famous quote: “A good hockey player plays where the puck is. A great hockey player plays where the puck is going … Continue reading “Decisions without Commitment – a Recipe for Strategic Failure”
I was invited to speak with a networking group of HR managers on the topic of improving employee engagement in their organizations. I expected to have a conversation about best practices, so I prepared accordingly. I quickly realized that this group already understood the best practices, but they weren’t effective in launching their initiatives. These … Continue reading “Influencing Up”
Last time, I was on the verge of berating and possibly insulting every training professional reading this blog. Now that I’ve calmed down a bit, let me explain what caused my tirade last week… I was having a conversation with a client about a training program. The objective was to design materials that would train … Continue reading “Hey Trainers! Stop Shooting All of Us in the Foot! Part 2”
After years of being a training professional, advocating for training professionals, and working with them as a consultant, there were two recent situations that caused me to finally snap (for those who know me, this is no easy feat). Let me give you some background first… I often peruse the message boards on training-related websites, … Continue reading “Hey Trainers! Stop Contradicting Yourselves! Part 1”
Creating employee engagement is a challenging endeavor for any organization, particularly if it’s suffering from low employee morale or if there is a “make or break” strategy that needs to be executed well for the organization to continue to be viable. Sometimes it’s difficult to know where to start. There is really no “one size … Continue reading “Missing a Critical Element of Employment Engagement?”
I was speaking at Owens-Corning the other day about the reason for strategies. Companies create strategies so they can continue to grow. And to grow companies and the people in them, there are six components: Embrace Reality. In more than 20 years in business consulting, we’ve learned that change and growth can occur naturally if … Continue reading “Six Ways to Lead Change, Build Teams, and Make It Personal”
We recently asked futurist Dr. James Canton about trends for 2011 in our last issue of The Watercooler, and he suggested some new ways for leaders to lead. In my opinion, the mentality that leaders and managers need for the near future and beyond is one of “don’t tell – ask.” The manager of the … Continue reading “The “Manager of the Future” – the Future is Now”
There is a saying, “Hope springs eternal,” that often gets used in sports at the beginning of a new season. It is a time when players, coaches, and fans get excited about the possibilities and potential of what lies ahead. It is a time when we seem to be willing to shift our energy from … Continue reading “2011: Leading in the New Year”
You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” The idea behind this is that values and cultural norms in an organization are often much stronger than the strategy that gets communicated in PowerPoint decks from the company’s top leaders. But what about pursuing growth? Does strategy trump culture then? How much of the … Continue reading “Strategy or Values? Yes!”
I’m fascinated with a new visual craze hitting photo circles called tilt-shift photography. This is a technique where the lens is actually not directly attached to camera but separated by a “shiftable” lens or other homemade device. It gives photos a blurred effect around all portions of the photo but the middle. This makes the items in focus … Continue reading “Tilt-shift Thinking…”
Have you ever been invited to help co-create a solution? It can feel daunting whether you have a whole day to discuss the issue and come up with an appropriate and effective solution or just an hour. The big question is always – where do you begin? Most people want to automatically go to “solution … Continue reading “Don’t Put the Cart Before the Horse”
We’ve all been there before. A new strategy is presented by the CEO or business unit leader. It’s about world-class customer satisfaction, operational excellence, innovation, ambitious growth targets, and how “we” are planning to displace the competition. And after that, not a whole lot seems to change. You don’t hear much about the strategy and, … Continue reading “Marketing the “Friendly Skies””
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