Category Archive: Innovation

The Question I Never Asked But Should Have

A coaching client has been learning to ask quality questions. She shared one with me that blew me away. She asked a manager, “What questions are you asking your team?” The manager said,… Continue reading

5 Ways to Reach Higher by Rattling Cages

Nothing frustrates leaders more than a past that keeps coming back and a future that never quite gets here. Rattle cages today or the past stumbles into the future. Successful cage rattling: Don’t… Continue reading

5 Ways Judgmental Leaders Move Forward by Withholding Judgement

Enter every interaction as a learner, even when you plan to teach. One difference between confidence and arrogance is an open mind.  Bring what you know, after exploring what you don’t.  The only hope… Continue reading

5 Ways to Create The Invisible Advantage

The opposite of innovation isn’t stagnation. It’s slow miserable defeat. The future belongs to organizations that view innovation as an expression of who they are, not something they do. A culture of innovation… Continue reading

How to Break Free From ‘Establishment-Thinking’ and Win Like a Startup

‘Establishment-thinking’ slows leaders and organizations to a safe crawl.   What would you do if you were just starting your business? Love your customers like you just won them. Don’t take long-term relationships… Continue reading

The End of Creative Thought

We choose between fakery and creative thought. Organizations where everyone “has it all together” are sick. When you maintain the illusion of competence you, propagate fakery, inflame stress, dilute relationships, and end creativity. One benefit… Continue reading