Quick tips to energize your daily leadership activities.

Leadership Caffeine™—9 Lessons from the North Woods

There's no shortage of leadership and management lessons to be found in the hard, manual labor found at a north woods property. While to many, the work might seem overwhelming, for those secure in the knowledge that they are creating something remarkable for those around them, the work is just part of the price of admission to success.

By | 2017-03-20T08:59:49+00:00 March 20th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|2 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Sweeping Incrementalism for Big Results

The big fixes complete with broad frameworks and their own vocabularies are alluring. They also are sinkholes of despair and frustration for groups unable to translate the ideas into coherent actions. Instead, focus on the small, subtle changes in behaviors that offer the potential for big results. I call this: sweeping incrementalism.

By | 2017-02-27T06:57:48+00:00 February 26th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Think and Do Differently

Our reflex action is to follow conventional thinking and apply accepted processes to solving problems at work. Leaders looking to spur innovation have a different approach. They think and do differently. They understand that every problem offers an opportunity to spur creativity and catalyze innovation. Thinking and doing differently is their mantra, as they deliver oxygen to their firms in the form of much needed innovation. If your firm or team is suffocating, it's time for you to think and do differently.

By | 2017-02-07T08:56:13+00:00 February 7th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine, Leading Change|0 Comments

Leadership Caffeine™—Turning Ambiguity into Advantage

The world is filled with uncertainty and ambiguity, yet we teach our children, students and team members to work according to the rules and to color within the lines. Instead, we should teach our teams to leverage ambiguity by writing their own rules in pursuit of a shared goal. And effective leaders understand that action begets action and ultimately insight, even in the most uncertain circumstances. Sometimes, you just have to "paint the wall" while searching for the next step.

By | 2017-01-17T08:03:49+00:00 January 17th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments

Running on Empty? First, Eliminate the Energy Sinks

Energy always flows from the source to the sink. In your hot water heater, the water is the sink. Eventually, the consumption of hot water is capable of exceeding the capacity of the source. The same applies in our professional and leadership lives. It's essential to identify and eliminate the heat sinks in our daily lives to free capacity to focus on the work that matters. Here are 12 ideas to help you with this important mission:

By | 2017-01-15T10:50:29+00:00 January 15th, 2017|Leadership, Leadership Caffeine|0 Comments