Posts Tagged: straight talk

leadership lessons from the military

What surprised me the most about this article by retired four-star General and former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army, General Ray Odierno, weren’t what the lessons themselves were, but how few of them he provided, and how, through this utter simplicity, he managed to hit the nail directly on the head. I have… Read more »

#PrimeDayFail

In the days leading up to their 20th Anniversary extravaganza sale, “Prime Day”, Amazon hyped an event that they declared would have “more deals than Black Friday”. They teased about major savings on electronics, home appliances and baby products. By all accounts this event would be huge! Just hours into the sale, however, Prime Day… Read more »

a few words on the passing of Satoru Iwata

Many of us come into this world with the luxury of choice. In a sense, we control our own destinies, or at least a good portion of us actively try to, by choosing our investments in education, the jobs we take, the places we live, the people we include (or exclude) from our lives, how… Read more »

are your leadership skills outdated?

Utilizing Technology Understanding the Global Economy Maintaining relentless Customer Focus Attracting and retaining Top Talent The complex skills required to effectively lead a successful organization in 2015 are not the same skills that might have ensured success a few decades, or even a few years ago. The world has changed, the economy has changed, and… Read more »

Activity and productivity are not the same!

It seems so intuitive. Everyone knows this right? Business 101? Just because an employee is doing something, doesn’t mean they are accomplishing something of value for the organization. Or even accomplishing anything at all. And yet it still seems relatively unacknowledged, or at least often unaddressed by employers, that just the act of being in… Read more »

never underestimate the power of culture

Do you believe that “culture can make or break a strategy”? Martin Roll, noted Business and Brand Strategist, recently published an article in INSEAD Knowledge making this claim, and I concur wholeheartedly. In the article, Roll notes that while culture encompasses what we might consider the soft stuff, it is still a very significant driver… Read more »

debunking myths about the millennial divide

When you Google millennials in the workplace, you find no shortage of articles describing how fundamentally different workers from this generation are, from all who came before. You’ll find articles on how they think differently, they act differently, they communicate and work differently, and that’s just the beginning. According to a new report, however, when… Read more »

The Evil of Compromise

In recent years, the rules that historically defined and determined the way we think about and conduct business have been sorely tested. In many cases, the rules have been found to be seriously wanting. Many of the old rules on which we had relied in the past have shown themselves to be far from perfectly… Read more »

Personal Credibility & Trusted Judgement

Decision Making Intelligence is the second credibility builder and it is the ability to solve problems, resolve issues and come to conclusions that satisfy the various stakeholders and leave them feeling fully and clearly committed to the decision. It is about personal credibility and trusted judgment. In order to be credible, leaders must combine their… Read more »

Understanding the Future: Bold Imagination

The innovation we need to transform our organizations is not developed by digging for the provable facts and empirical evidence hidden deep in the well of our retrospective data banks. It is not the deep analytical source of insight that will somehow help us make sense of the future. It is quite the opposite. Our… Read more »