Practical Leadership Advice for Managers and Leaders

5 Keys to Improving Performance

Improving performance isn’t just about bottom-line results. It’s also about improving how we perform as individuals and as a team every day. I think it’s safe to say that, as leaders and managers, our main goal is always to improve our performance. We need to improve the performance of our teams in order to improve… read more

How To Position Yourself As An Extraordinary Leader

Leadership – particularly extraordinary leadership – is a mindset. Think about the truly respected, influential leaders that you look up to. They didn’t become exceptional simply by being promoted to a leadership position. They are recognized as extraordinary leaders because they have a presence, a mindset, a brand that they’ve positioned themselves in, either intentionally… read more

3 Things That Extraordinary Leaders Know to be True

Learn the truths that extraordinary leaders understand in order to become one yourself. Being (and becoming) an extraordinary leader has a lot to do with learned skills, experience, and competence. But it also has a lot to do with mindset and understanding that there are certain truths to business and leadership. The Difference Between Education and… read more

Competence is at the Root of Becoming an Extraordinary Leader

Soft skills are important, but competence is the core of becoming an extraordinary leader. Warren Buffet said, “Look for three things in a person – intelligence, energy, and integrity. If they don’t have the last one, don’t even both with the first two.” Read any leadership book, blog, or editorial and you will find a… read more

Mindset Separates Extraordinary Leaders from Average Leaders

Extraordinary leaders have the mindset to achieve and inspire greatness. What differentiates a leader who has a great possibility for success from one that is simply average is their mindset. Their mindset dictates how they think, what drives their life, the kind of decisions that they make, and the problems that they can solve. Extraordinary… read more

The Three Power Rules of Prototyping

Innovation does not drive prototyping. Prototyping drives innovation. When you create an innovation culture within your organization, your team will become inspired to apply creative solutions to everyday business issues. Prototyping is an integral part of inspiring innovation in your organization. Once ideas are brought to the table, discussed, and refined by the team, the… read more

How To Stimulate Innovation In Your Organization

Innovation = Stimulus x Prototyping x Self Confidence ÷ Arbitrary Rules Do you want to know the one big secret to stimulating innovation in your team? It’s simple, let people try out their ideas. Not just create them, but actually try them out. You see, employees need a balance of simulation, prototyping, and self-confidence in order… read more

3 Barriers That Are Killing Your Organization’s Ability to Innovate

Remove these three barriers to help provide your employees the opportunity to innovate company practices. Though we often find it more comfortable to resist change and continue doing things “the way we’ve always done it,” we all know that innovation is key to a company’s success. Some organizations excel at inspiring innovation while others lag behind.… read more