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: […]

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 […]