7 Steps to Simple, Straightforward Strategic Planning

2017-07-19T21:14:00-06:00Innovation, Leadership, Strategy|

In my last article, Get Your Year Off to the Right Start, I discussed the importance of strategic planning and goal setting. However, annual strategic planning can become arduous and complex. The result is unproductive meetings, plans that are never implemented, or (worst of all) people who give up on planning entirely. Unless you’re a Fortune [...]

Get Your New Year Off to the Right Start

2017-08-10T05:48:11-06:00Career, Innovation, Leadership|

Most of us are now back in the office after a well-deserved holiday break, and even though jumping back in after the year-end vacation can feel overwhelming, I believe the beginning of the year is the perfect time to take stock of the past, celebrate your accomplishments, and set some goals for the coming year. [...]

Innovation = Diversity + Inclusivity

2017-07-19T21:14:00-06:00Innovation, Leadership|

Innovation has become the Holy Grail for companies, leaders, and individuals. And with good reason. We live in a time of extraordinary change coming at a staggering pace. Whether this change becomes an asset or a liability largely depends on the ability innovate. There are hundreds of books on innovation, all with excellent studies, models, [...]

Do You Have the Courage to Win by Losing?

2017-07-19T21:14:00-06:00Career, Leadership|

How often do you lose arguments? I’m talking about argument in its literal sense (meaning a productive debate), not an overly emotional exchange.  If the answer is “not often,” then you may be doing yourself a tremendous disservice. In fact, one of the best things a business leader (or an aspiring business leader) can learn is [...]

A Cautionary Tale From a Fat Cat – Business Ethics in Today’s World


On March 3, 2013, Swiss voters approved a referendum (the Minder “Fat Cat” Initiative) that implements some of the world’s strictest controls on executive compensation.  The story has received far less attention in the United States than I would have hoped because it represents an important cautionary tale about business ethics and, if not heeded, [...]

Getting Ahead in Today’s Economy: Emotional Intelligence Demystified

2017-07-19T21:14:01-06:00Career, Leadership|

Are you intelligent enough for today’s economy? Research shows that as much as 75% of career success is driven by intelligence—but not the kind that would be measured on any IQ test. Emotional intelligence (EQ) is one of the most important (yet most misunderstood) skills for today’s chaotic business environment—whether you’re a leader, individual contributor, [...]

Giving the Gift of Feedback


I once had a co-worker who was fond of saying, “Feedback is a gift. Sometimes it’s a gift you don’t want, but it’s always a gift.” Over the last several months I’ve heard many examples of poor, ineffective, or non-existent performance management processes. Let’s take a look at what good feedback looks like and understand [...]

Use Fear to Inspire Your Leadership Creativity


Fear!  We think of fear as something we shouldn’t feel, or something we need to overcome.  However, healthy fear can be one of the most important tools in your leadership arsenal, and, when properly used, fear can improve planning, unlock creativity, and increase innovation.  Let’s examine what healthy fear looks like and how to use [...]

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