Incorporating Creativity in Any Organization

Question: Small, medium and large organizations presumably have different receptivity/responsiveness to incorporating art. Are there any patterns that stand out across the size spectrum?   An organization’s receptivity to art and creativity as a natural part of the work conversation has a direct correlation to the leader’s sensibility around risk and expansiveness. In my experience,…

Multi-Generational Workers & Creativity

Question: How do you think millennials will influence creativity, language and innovation in the workplace?   The millennial generation is already influencing creativity in the workplace, especially in the uses of technology. On the one hand, it’s great to see the immediacy of creative solutions for connections and the access to information that is literally at our…

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It Ain’t Always Pretty

I work with many business leaders to create the change they need in their organizations, or we work to deal with change that seems thrust upon them. Regardless, something’s going to be different when it’s all over.   But, it ain’t always pretty.   Sometimes they dread dealing with change because they’ve made up a…

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Where will you go next?

Sun, shorts, and sandals? It must be June and a good time to pull out those goals you made 6 months ago and see how you’re doing. I like to celebrate where I’ve made progress, and recalibrate in the areas where I haven’t. Are the goals I set still relevant? Is there new information, or…

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Seriously, Girlfriend: How to Lead WITH Men

Officially, I’m a Baby Boomer, but realistically, that doesn’t seem to fit. My parents are true Boomers, but my birth date falls into the last year or so of the range. This is only important because when I was coming of age in the late 1970s and early 80s, I was working to reconcile my…

Redefining Confrontation

Most people hate confrontational people. If not “hate,” they at least try to avoid them because frankly, they’re unpleasant when they are angry; up-in-your-face, neck veins bulging and temperature rising. Even if they’re not losing their temper, steely-eyed confrontations with authority figures create fear and we will forever loathe the next conversation with them. Or,…

Focus on the customer, not the competition

Recently, I was interacting with a potential client and noticed her language use about how she wanted to focus her organization. Much of her concern was about the competition, and when you’re in the top 5 in your market, the gravitational pull is always down the list—the competition is nipping at your heels and everyone…

Standards

Did you know that it is suggested that fewer than 3% of people ever meet their goals? This seems surprisingly low, especially since we are in the business of helping businesses envision their futures and creating the environments that will support their getting there. But yet, this is exactly what was revealed in an article…

Presume Good Intent: It’s How You Show Up

As we work with teams and coaching clients, one of the concepts (mantrasactually) that we typically ask them to adopt is “presume good intent.” Over the years, this suggestion has been met with mixed responses: hesitant acceptance, suspicion, reluctance, outright refusal. Often, the relationships we’re trying to strengthen or repair have history. “There’s history,” they’ll say…

Mirage Delegation

Let’s have a discussion about Mirage Delegation, a trap we can easily fall into: you say you’re delegating, you even go through the initial motions of turning over the reigns, but then you begin to hover over, commit drive-bys, muddle in the middle, until finally everyone’s lost track of who’s really completing this task or project. You start…