better brainstorming

7 Secrets to Better Brainstorming

It begins with a certain, momentary, far-off look. Then a wistful gaze at the black notebook. It’s a running joke with my clients; they know what’s coming next. An idea is taking shape. Some thought — some seemingly random thought or word or picture or sound or image — has sparked something. And we’re off to the[…]

toxic teammates

The Ugly Truth About Toxic Teammates

Toxic teammates are easy to spot;  Toxic teammates are toxic a lot. Here’s a list of things that they do. As you read, you’ll see that it’s true.  Toxic teammates complain. About their manager. About their teammates. About their executives. About their schedules. About their pay. About…well…pretty much everything. [tweetthis hidden_hashtags=”#leadership #companyculture”]Toxic teammates complain about[…]

innovative leader

9 Qualities You Need to Become an Innovative Leader

If asked, I suspect most leaders would say they want to be innovative; however, when it comes to developing the requisite skills to be an innovative leader, we still have a ways to go. Much of that, I would guess, has to do with the fact that innovation is such a fuzzy word, oddly enough,[…]

leaders should be great storytellers

7 Reasons Leaders Should Be Great Storytellers

Leaders should be great storytellers. Why do I say that? Well, what do great stories do? They make us think. They make us feel. They make us care. They can even make us take a side. For centuries, people, groups, and cultures have used stories for a variety of purposes, right? They used them to[…]

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