Tools & Techniques

How to Lead High-Flyers

Posted by on Nov 15, 2007

You may have a chance to lead leaders. But how do you nurture women and men with smarts, huge ambition and tendencies toward irreverence? Here are insights from the article: How to Lead Leaders by Saj-nicole Joni.

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Tap Into Your Creativity: Set an Idea Quota

Posted by on Oct 15, 2007

Leaders are expected to be creative but few receive training to help them learn or unleash their creativity. Try this technique, by Michael Michalko, on setting an idea quota!

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Can Innovation and Creativity Be Learned?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2007

How is your organization helping your people to develop skills in creativity and innovation critical for business success? Creative, innovative results can be achieved if people are prepared in advance. Build these 6 guidelines into your brainstorming session to get people "out of the box" to increase your likelihood for success.

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An Equal Pat on the Back

Posted by on May 15, 2007

Are your salespersons the only ones whose efforts are noticed/ heralded? What about employees who contribute to reducing the company’s operating costs? Recognize and honor people for negotiating great buys!

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Being Clever vs. Being Wise

Posted by on Apr 10, 2007

Do you focus more on your answers or your questions as a leader? Coach your team to be situationally wiser (as opposed to being clever) with this simple practice.

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Apply the ambiguity continuum when assessing talent

Posted by on Mar 31, 2007

How do you build a strong, self-directed team and learn who needs what to succeed? Use this technique of a ambiguity continuum to three areas: your company, the specific role, and the candidate(s), to assess how well a leadership candidate will fit in with the company’s culture!

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An Innovation Salon in Action

Posted by on Feb 15, 2007

Northwestern University’s Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems [NICO] provided some interesting ideas around how to incorporate complexity science and network science into my role as a retained executive search consultant. More key findings to come.

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Thoughts on Leadership Change and Success

Posted by on Jan 31, 2007

Fast Company provides a list of 7 insights on leadership change that impact career and corporate successes. Here are 3 ways you can use this list as a leader.

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Two Days+Two Action Steps=Increased Enthusiasm & Productivity

Posted by on Nov 15, 2006

Here's a simple challenge where you can invest two days and two action steps to start something positive in your business world. No real risk exists and it requires no additional time. And everyone wins – you, your team, your vendors, your customers!

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What’s Behind Your Successful Organizational Change Efforts: Your Customers’ Needs or Your Smarty Pants Insights?

Posted by on Jul 15, 2001

A system enhancement, regulatory requirement, M&A are often the obvious faces of organizational change. Yet the root cause of most successful organizational change is: Customer needs. Ask these 3 questions to ensure that your customers’ wants and needs are driving the root of your great ideas.

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