Category Archives: Innovation

How Toothpaste Will Make You a Better Leader

Not long ago, toothpaste had an identity problem. If you remember, all tubes looked like this: They took up a lot of prime shelf space in the medicine cabinet. They’d only lay flat, unless you put it in a cup. … Continue reading

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3 Proven Ways to Boost Your Creativity & Productivity

Have you ever been washing the dishes and you were instantly hit with a flash of inspiration? Or maybe you were taking a shower, or going for a run, or commuting to work, or just about to fall asleep, and … Continue reading

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How Can You Find New Ways to Add Value?

On a business trip to New York City this week, I stopped in at the newly opened Whole Foods Market at Bryant Park. In case you don’t know, Bryant Park sits smack dab in the middle of midtown Manhattan.  It’s … Continue reading

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Can This Chess Skill Improve Your Leadership?

Chess is not the easiest game to play. Chess also isn’t the easiest game to teach someone else how to play. I’ve spent the past two weeks trying to teach the fundamentals of chess to my nine year old daughter, … Continue reading

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6 Threats Keeping You From Innovating

Innovation:  Creating value by doing something better by doing it a new or different way. That “something better” could be many things: A new product A refined process An improved way to collaborate Innovation doesn’t have to mean a radical change … Continue reading

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Tough or Nice? Which Should A Leader Choose?

There’s an archetype that’s been around for a long time in business:  the Great Man. It’s based on the belief that an extraordinary individual can save the day.  It’s personified by the work of the actor John Wayne:  the hero … Continue reading

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Three Big Business Benefits to Being Curious

Do you have to manage more information than ever before? Is change hitting you faster than ever before? Welcome to the two-headed monster of today’s work world. We’re living in an age of complexity—one that shows no signs of going … Continue reading

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The Hidden Danger of Adding Value

My friend and neighbor Todd has two twin boys, Emmett and Leo. The boys are three years old and describing them as a “bundle of energy” doesn’t do them justice. I ran into the three of them (of all places) … Continue reading

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How Do You Help Those You Lead Take Risks?

Organizations, by their very nature, are designed to create processes and systems. There’s a good reason for this:  there’s a need for the various parts to work together to create outputs.   On one hand, this makes sense: without results, we … Continue reading

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Aretha’s Got Sprezzatura – & So Should You

The video below (if you haven’t seen it) may just blow your mind.  It’s Aretha Franklin performing late last month at the Kennedy Center Honors.   (You can start at about 1:02 in): What Aretha’s got is sprezzatura.   Sprezzatura is … Continue reading

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