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Bet On Brains, Not Experience

Working for a traditional company means that you follow a set of rules, the company is configured so things happen in a determined way on a daily basis. There are set processes, therefore surprises are chided and anything that disrupts routines is avoided. This is the reality in every established organization, big or small. Yet, we’re currently experiencing...

Bob Iger’s 10 Principles Necessary To True Leadership

I don’t read a whole lot of business books anymore, but I do like reading ones written by people who were actually there. The most recent one I read is Bob Iger’s Ride of a Lifetime, where he writes about his 40+ years at Walt Disney Company; including being CEO. I’ve obsessed about Disney for a long time, so a book written by the CEO of Disney is...

Confused Leaders Create Confused Followers

There are many warning signs of bad leadership and management, one of them is when followers are confused. Last week I witnessed a meeting between a manager and his immediate reports. The manager called an impromptu meeting to let them know that he felt that no one was obeying him, that they were slacking off and that he would change them with new people...

You Can’t Wish Or Hope Your Way To A Different Perspective; You Have To Act Your Way

Whether people and organizations like it or not, the current pandemic is accelerating the digitalization of the enterprise at all levels. Still, many organizations are late to the party, and some aren’t acting at all. I recently had a chat, via video of course, with the Head of HR of a meat processing and packing company. These companies rely on...

Great Leaders Don’t Delegate Innovation And Creativity; They Lead It

You can’t talk about things you want done when you’re not setting the example. In every group and / or business that I’ve lead, I’ve always set the example; I don’t know any other way to do it. So earlier in my career it was a bit mindboggling to me when I encountered other organizations where the leader was not setting the example. They asked and expected...

Is There An Innovation Cheat Code?

There are thousands of books written, consulting services sold, it’s talked about all the time, and I’ve written about this many times, yet people continue to ask: what’s the fastest, less risky, path to innovation? Is there a cheat code? Yes, there is. It’s called trying stuff; or more specifically experimentation. I’ll simplify innovation for you:...

Improvement Happens In The How Not In The What

One of the biggest mistakes people make as they take on leadership roles is they focus too much on the bottom line, and not much on how those results are achieved. Results matter, but unfortunately what they fail to see that improvement happens in the how not in the what. When I was 18 years old I worked at FedEx Ground. I started at the bottom,...

Why The “Fail Fast, Fail Often” Mantra Is Often A Recipe For Failure

Fail fast and often is a phrase that has grown in legend in the last decade. It originated in the startup world, and has taken on a life of its own. To fail fast and often means that the faster you fail the faster you’ll reach success. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work this way. Why? Because failure isn’t useful if you don’t learn from mistakes. When...

Act As If You Don’t Know…Because You Really Don’t

This COVID-19 situation is making people act in very predictably irrational ways. Some people are arguing that COVID-19 is some kind of hoax, that it’s been made up to destabilize the economy on purpose. I’ve heard other people argue that the virus was made in a lab, it wasn’t; it comes from nature. A VPN is very important for your business you can...

5 Ways To Foster Innovation Mentality Across Your Company

Innovation is really about leadership. So how can you encourage innovation in your organization? There is no one thing, no recipe to follow. But, there are principles that you can follow to drive innovation in your organization. Here are 5 ways to foster innovation mentality across your organization: Be bold. Playing it safe doesn’t require effort....

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