Practical Leadership Advice for Managers and Leaders

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

What Makes Team Communication Different From Group Communication?

How the principles of team communication work in your organization can have a great impact on your team’s ability to produce results. There are some very key differences between a team and a work group. One of the simplest differences to spot are in how people communicate with each other. A truly successful team will… read more

4 Keys to a Successful Team Member

In successful teams, each team member will exhibit these four traits. When we talk about the best ways to produce real company success, what is one of the first key components that come to your mind? Your team, right? Perhaps your team looks more like a group of employees than a team (more on that… read more

5 Keys to Making Teamwork Work

Teamwork requires the right mixture of production, cooperation, and celebration to really work. Now that you have a blueprint for team success, how are you going to work with your team to make sure it all works in practice? It’s a fairly simple thing to design your blueprint: write your vision, mission, values, goals, and… read more

The Number 1 Reason Your People Are Afraid Of Change

Mistakes. People fear change because they are afraid they are going to make a mistake and, as a result, get in trouble for it. Humans are creatures of habit and our brains are hardwired to avoid making mistakes. But making mistakes is an inherent part of transition and change. There’s an engineering principle that understands… read more

Following the Platinum Rule to Negotiation Success

“Do unto others as they would like done unto them.” ~The Platinum Rule Coined by Dr. Tony Alessandra in his book, The Platinum Rule, the Platinum Rule is a different approach than the Golden Rule, which tells us to treat others the way we want to be treated. The Platinum Rule recognizes that people are… read more

Taking the Heat is the Leader’s Responsibility in Change Management

Change management requires taking the heat for your team’s heroic efforts. They say that the only constant in life is change. Businesses need to be flexible in order to adapt to the often shifting environment we live in today. But change doesn’t always come easily. There are many stakeholders with different views and ideas that… read more

Components Of A Successful Team Blueprint

Quickly developing a highly successful team takes some simple planning. What would happen if you tried to build a house without a blueprint? The results at worst would be disastrous and at best inferior. Could that possibly explain why managers are often unsuccessful in building a team? They have team players, they have tools and… read more