Leadership Tip: The Guilt Factor

I am a Jewish, Italian, Catholic girl born and bred to feel extraordinary levels of guilt. I have perfected this gift and it is one aspect of my life I now strive to stay aware of and committed to changing. I know that guilt is an illusion, and it is an illusion that can control your mind. Guilt is […]

Leadership Tip: Blamers and Shamers

“Yeah, but …it’s not my fault…” You know them…the blamers & shamers. People who just don’t take responsibility for their actions or missed deliverables. As leaders, we have to understand that where this behavior exists it only persists unless you step in and do a collaborative reset.   Here are a few tips for realigning: 1. Ensure clarity of expectations for […]

Leadership development: Always Have an Eye on the Future…

When it comes to leadership, how do you stay ahead of the competition? How do you innovate in your niche? How can your team think differently when most people hold on tightly to what they know? To have the competitive advantage, it’s all about keeping your eye on the future and looking for opportunities. Finding opportunities can be […]

How to become more innovative: think differently.

Innovation Starts Here – By Thinking Differently Smart leaders become innovative by building muscle around thinking differently.  They don’t see the world through the same viewfinder as others, and they challenge themselves to spend time thinking about what else may be possible.  If you want to be innovative, you must change your approach. 6 tips […]

Women in the World – 10 Key Takeaways From These Incredible Leaders

What is your legacy? I attended the “Women in the World Summit” in Manhattan last week with 2000+ other amazing women.  It was an enlightening three days beginning with Oprah kicking us off, and then Hillary closing us down.  With so many fantastic speakers and panels… my head is still spinning with excitement, learning, awakening and inspiration. […]

Outstanding leaders do this one thing with problems….

The way leaders look at problems is a key difference between outstanding and mediocre leaders.  Often, leaders tell their people to only bring a problem if they can present a solution (or don’t bother with bringing the problem in the first place).  This is a terrible strategy!  Why would they need you if they already […]

Engagement is the Name of the Game

Employee engagement is key!  According to Gallup, around 70% of American workers are either “not engaged” or “actively disengaged” at work. When you consider that the average American will spend at least one-third of his or her life working, this is a particularly sobering statistic! It’s no secret…engaged people are the more productive, aligned and committed […]

Be an Includer. Never Underestimate the Need to Belong.

Are you an includer or excluder?  Includers are the people who rally the team and know how to get things done effectively.  They understand that when people feel valued and included, they participate (pillar 5*) at an entirely different level.  They care more deeply.  They communicate more effectively. They support others with more kindness. Excluders are people with low […]

Successful leadership starts with this.

Getting your Head into the Game Starts with your Mindset All human beings have one thing in common.  We feel the way we think, and our thoughts drive our behaviors.  Successful leadership starts with a positive mindset. Everything we do regardless of what it is, begins with how we think and that reflects our truth, and ultimately […]

Building a Great Culture with Employee Recognition

What do successful organizations who have great cultures do?  They take the time for employee recognition.  Whether its’s a quick note, a shout-out in a meeting, or presenting a well-deserved award, people shine when they are encouraged.  People want to know that you believe in them. Here are three ways to start recognizing employees today: […]

Successful leader trait: Self-confidence

  Having strong self-leadership requires a sense of confidence which is much different that ego.  If you are a self-confident leader, you have faith in yourself and your abilities to get the job done right.  You accept constructive criticism, and although you make the final decision, you welcome other’s opinions in order to get the […]

Inspire innovation with your team – three great hacks.

Ready to create the most innovative company in your industry?  It starts with contribution.  People want to contribute.  It increases employee engagement and satisfaction, particularly if ideas are put to use.   Even the smallest ideas can become a part of a brainstorm that turns into significant innovation. Three ways to inspire innovation within your company: […]

Leadership and Business Strategy in the “Big Game.”

Leadership Inspiration from the Championship Game…… Every year, like millions of other people, I love to watch the “Big Game.”  Between the stories of the players, the competitiveness of the teams and, of course, the entertainment – there are a lot of great leadership and business strategy lessons to be learned: Know your opponent.  Their strengths are […]

INTENTIONAL LEADERSHIP – THE SIX PILLARS

High performance leaders are intentional in their approach to leading themselves and others. Leadership is a behavior not a position.  Emotionally engaging leaders have 6 common pillars which allow the work to become more exciting; the environment more empowering and enjoyable; the creative mind more dynamic and curious; the human spirit more open to change; […]

The Aspire Learning Model

Here at Aspire, we say that there is a big difference between training and learning.  Training is the delivery of information and knowledge.  It does not create sustainable change.  Learning is different however.  Learning focuses on improving specific competencies and goes beyond just the mere delivery of knowledge. We know that to build impactful and […]

Three tips for better communication – even if you’re the boss

People want to hear from the boss.  Communication is a key element of leadership, and it’s something you definitely need to make the effort to do daily.  Here are three great tips for better communication that you can start TODAY! 1.  Create an internal blog that is from your President or COO. Get people sharing […]

To Meet or Not to Meet…..That is the Question + Four Meeting Hacks

The Meeting Dilemma.  In most organizations, everyone feels they have to attend too many meetings that eat up our workdays.  So, how do we solve this?  Make meetings productive. Meetings should be about thinking time.  What are we focused on?  What business problems do we need to solve?  What are customers saying to us that […]