Category Archive: Innovation

Saying Yes is Harder than Saying No

Don’t pat yourself on the back if you’re skilled at saying no and lousy at saying yes. Weak leaders hide behind bureaucracy and love making people beg. The more times you say no, the more… Continue reading

The Two Qualities that Make Leaders Great

Some leaders are humble. Others are driven. The great ones are both. When Jim Collins set out to write, “Good to Great,” he set out to write about great organizations, not great leaders.… Continue reading

How to Create Smart Organizations

Leave a comment on this post for a chance to win one of twenty-five copies of, “The Idea-Driven Organization,” by Alan Robinson and Dean Schroeder. Bureaucracy, fear, lethargy, lousy leaders, and antiquated systems make… Continue reading

Seven Reasons Smart Leaders Get Dumb

Power makes leaders dumb. The more power you gain the dumber you get. Image source There are at least seven dumbing effects of power. Power*: Reduces the complexity of your thinking. You over-simplify. Limits your ability… Continue reading

Seven Ways to Keep Dreams Alive

She said, “I have a burning passion to live a high impact life.  She began explaining her vision.  It’s exciting.  However, the inevitable “how to make it happen,” fills her with fear and… Continue reading

How to Walk

We have forgotten how to walk. All we do is go places. A proper walk doesn’t have a destination. Gwyn Thomas put it this way, “But the beauty is in the walking —… Continue reading