How do we Teach Innovation In School?

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Published: December 8, 2015

Students don’t learn to be entrepreneurs in most schools.  Very few students learn to think about innovation. When I write about “schools” here, I’m talking about elementary, junior high school and high school years. Our public schools teach our young people to be conformists – not rule breakers.  The fact that the United States culture […]

Boot the Impulse: Mindfulness Will Make You Awesome

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Published: December 3, 2015

I think that American culture teaches us to get on with it.  Make a decision.  Move.  “Fish or cut bait.” Many of us have learned the lesson that “if we aren’t acting, we aren’t doing anything important.” Clearly, taking the right action helps to change us from a position of being stuck.  However, I am […]

Finding Significance In Project Management

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Published: December 11, 2014

  If you are a project manager, a lot of pressures call for your attention. You follow a time schedule. You conserve resources. You monitor the progress of the people who work with you. You report to the vice president of your company and explain the overall progress of your effort. There are a lot […]

Not Enough Time To Think Strategically

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Published: September 16, 2014

    A recent study of the work habits revealed that 80% of executives studied do not feel they have enough time for strategic thinking or creative thinking. Leadership requires innovative thinking. An organization cannot continue indefinitely working on the programs established five years ago. Someone must think about the future; someone must suggest a […]

How to be a Fast Mover in Your Career Change

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Published: May 9, 2014

  A career change is more than a job change. The person who changes careers not only has to learn new skills but also has to reinvent himself or herself. If you want to accelerate into a career change then you can move the timetable in your favor.  Create a blueprint for action. This blueprint […]

Changes: Predicting the Future with Tough Questions

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Published: March 25, 2014

  Who says being a leader is easy? Leaders change organizations, and that is never easy. Resistance is everywhere. Some people stand against the leader, and so the leader must be ready to confront and argue against differing positions. Change and advocacy for change cause many complicating factors – and leaders are at the center […]

Show me Productivity

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Published: January 21, 2014

Are you a productive person?  Even if you say “yes,” I believe you can press the accelerator for your inclination to action.  Productivity demonstrates that one has intelligence, action, and a will to move. The right “friends” will help you get going, and increase speed. Here are your friends for getting things done: A sense […]

Leaderly Learning: What is important to You?

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Published: January 17, 2014

I’ve asked leaders this question a lot over the last year:  “What are your learning goals?”  Here is the contradiction that I heard:  Everyone agreed that learning is important (many told me, “I’m learning every day!”) but only a few could tell me specific learning goals. Why not? Do you have learning goals, and do […]

The strategic mind of the leader

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Published: January 16, 2014

  Someone’s got to think differently! One of the principal functions of a leader is to do “strategic thinking,” after all, if the leader is thinking like everyone else, no one is leading! Try these techniques to give you a different perspective on your work and see if you shift your thinking style. Ask, “What’s […]

Do you Believe in your Decisions?

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Published: January 10, 2014

The person who believes in his or her decisions displays confidence, and assures other people that the road ahead has leadership. If nothing else, the person who wears their decisions well makes a good argument for committed followership. So back up a second – if the person in charge believes in her decisions, how do […]

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