Category Archive: Innovation

How to Break Free From ‘Establishment-Thinking’ and Win Like a Startup

‘Establishment-thinking’ slows leaders and organizations to a safe crawl.   What would you do if you were just starting your business? Love your customers like you just won them. Don’t take long-term relationships… Continue reading

The End of Creative Thought

We choose between fakery and creative thought. Organizations where everyone “has it all together” are sick. When you maintain the illusion of competence you, propagate fakery, inflame stress, dilute relationships, and end creativity. One benefit… Continue reading

How to Deal with Unreasonable Contrarians

A river without banks drifts calmly into oblivion. Constraint makes the river powerful.   Tell teams what they can’t do and where they can’t go and they’ll get further, faster. This applies to… Continue reading

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