Category Archives: Leadership

Here’s A Great Workshop Exercise To Help Your Leadership Team Challenge Their Beliefs / Assumptions

How to think what no one else thinks

How do you think what no one else thinks? Innovators come to their insights in various ways, one is by questioning deeply held beliefs / assumptions inside companies and industries about what drives success.

You see, innovation is as much about attitude and perspective as it is about process. By challenging the status quo innovators gain the necessary perspective to be able to see things anew.

Use Or Lose: Nurture Your Talent

nurture your talent or lose it

Call it brilliance, talent or anything you want, it exists and shouldn’t be taker for granted. If you don’t value brilliance, you don’t value innovation. I wrote that post a few weeks ago and it hit a nerve. It sounds harsh, but it’s true. How true?

Here’s an example…

8 Universal Skills The Most Productive People and Teams Put To Use

8 Universal Skills The Most Productive People and Teams Put To Use

Are digital tools really making us more productive? It’s a constant inquiry and an ongoing debate whether the digital revolution is making us more productive. I’ve written before that the digital revolution is transitioning us to the Age of Efficiency, one where technology does most of the decision making for us. It’s great, but it also has it’s cons and more importantly the expectation that it will make us smarter just by it being there.

The promise of the digital revolution is better innovation, higher productivity, lower costs and faster growth. The jury is still out on whether or not digital tools make us more productive, and the implications for society.

Jeff Bezos on Culture: Failure and Invention are Inseparable Twins

jeff bezos on corporate cultureFailure can’t be separated from invention, it’s not optional. It’s also why you can’t mandate innovation, only inspire it. You can create the conditions necessary for it to happen, but it’s not a set-it and forget it deal.

It’s something that Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, understands well and repeated this message once more in the latest letter to shareholders:

Leadership Mobilizes and Energizes A Company Culture with Shawn Parr

Leadership Mobilizes and Energizes A Company Culture

Mobilizing and energizing a culture is predicated on the organization clearly understanding the vision, mission, values, and goals. It’s leadership’s responsibility to involve the entire organization, informing and inspiring them to live out the purpose the organization in the construct of the values.

On this episode of the Big Bang podcast I chat with Shawn Parr, CEO of Bulldog Drummond, on how to mobilize company culture.

If You Don’t Value Brilliance, You Don’t Value Innovation

A small team of A+ playerscan run circles around a giant team of B and C players

Talent hits a target no one else can hit, genius hits a target no one else can see. In a perfect situation, you have both on your side. On most situation, you have neither.

No traditionally managed corporation would ever hire a Steve Jobs, Elon Musk or Larry Page type of person. Why? Because genius needs to be left alone, to be unleashed, to operate in chaos. And corporations want to put a leash on anything that challenges the status quo; they are afraid of genius because they can’t predict and control it.

But, black sheep are precisely the type of people you need if you truly want to innovate. It’s the truth.