Author Archives: Katie Fritchen

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us by: Daniel H. Pink Source: Amazon Most people believe that the best way to motivate is with rewards like money—the carrot-and-stick approach. That’s a mistake, says Daniel H. Pink (author of To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Motivating Others). In this provocative and persuasive new… read more

Can Managers Motivate Employees, or Must Employees Motivate Themselves?

Can Managers Motivate Employees, or Must Employees Motivate Themselves? There’s an old saying: “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make it drink.” This saying, when applied to the world of business, implies that while managers may have some amount of influence, ultimately, it is the employee that takes their own critical… read more

How to Be a Strategic Thinker

How to Be a Strategic Thinker The ability to think strategically is key to moving your organization to the next level. However, in most organizations, everyone is busy multi-tasking, getting things done and so focused on the minutiae, that it is hard to take a step back and see the bigger picture. In his Strategic… read more

A Closer Look at Emotional Intelligence: What it is and Why it Matters

A Closer Look at Emotional Intelligence: What it is and Why it Matters Emotional intelligence includes traits like patience, empathy, stress management, adaptability, and more. As you might expect, emotional intelligence plays an important role in helping you achieve nearly any objective, whether on a team or working independently. But what is emotional intelligence, really,… read more

Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

Blue Ocean Strategy: How To Create Uncontested Market Space And Make The Competition Irrelevant by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne Taken from Amazon.com: Since the dawn of the industrial age, companies have engaged in head-to-head competition in search of sustained, profitable growth. They have fought for competitive advantage, battled over market share, and struggled… read more

Looking Inward to See Outward: The 4 Keys to Personal Growth

Looking Inward to See Outward: The 4 Keys to Personal Growth Leadership is, by definition, a role that looks outward. It’s unique in that much effort is spent evaluating the performance of everyone except ourselves. Yet, what happens when the “leadership lens” with which we use to look outward becomes covered in a thick layer… read more

How You Are Killing Accountability On Your Team (And What To Do To Fix It)

Is your management style inadvertently killing accountability? Have you found yourself wondering why more people on your team aren’t taking personal responsibility for achieving objectives? Do you wish your people would hold themselves accountable for the quality of their work and productivity of their time? Some leaders assume this lack of personal investment and drive… read more

How Innovative Leaders Foster Team Innovation

3 Key Skills to Innovative Leadership Former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson once said, “He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution that justifiably rejects progress is the cemetery.” We are creating change more rapidly as a society, and people are open to change now more than ever. The reason… read more

How to Develop a Customer Focused Business Strategy

When implemented correctly, customer focused business strategy has great potential to dramatically improve your bottom-line. Your team must do more than simply meet expectations in a competitive marketplace. You must create a customer experience that propels your business forward. There are three essential values in a customer focused business strategy that excellent leaders consistently manage… read more