Stop using the expression “think outside the box”

Start thinking more strategically within it to reinvent the things that are right in front of us.

Think “individual” not “business”

Embrace individual differences or you will only influence the people who already agree with you or are already receptive to what you have to say

Evolving means accelerating our ability to turn around as people

We need to connect to see people again – our businesses have been suffering from this disconnect for too long

How can you evolve to be the change you seek?

The climate in this country is about reinvention, but we cannot reinvent through change alone

An Essential Election Lesson For Leaders: Change Is Not Enough - We Must Evolve

14/09/2016 06:00am

“Change” is the word I have heard most often in postmortems on the 2016 election. America was tired of business as usual: Trump won because he represented change – disruption of the status quo; Clinton lost because she offered more of the same – she was the status quo.

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Without Strategy, Change Is Merely Substitution, Not Evolution

09/08/2016 06:00am

Why do we need a new strategic plan at the beginning of each year? Common responses include: Changing dynamics in the marketplace. Board members and shareholders demand it. Executives want to further solidify their control of performance outcomes that benefit them. Employees require it to effectively do their jobs.

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Top 5 Leadership Predictions That Will Impact Business Evolution In 2016 And Beyond

19/01/2016 05:02pm

Over the past several years, I’ve witnessed the decline of courageous leadership in American enterprise. Rather than welcome change in order to evolve, leaders are playing it safe. Where are the leaders with the strategic focus and wisdom to take a leap of faith and the tenacity to find new ways of doing things?

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5 Reasons Most Leaders Are Not Qualified To Lead

13/02/2017 06:00am

I was selected for a leadership fast-track program at my first job after college. Entry to the program, similar to many corporate academy programs, was based on performance – meaning sales. But I expected the program to have different measurements for promotion to leadership positions. It didn’t. I’ll never forget my confusion the first time I saw someone from the program that most of us would have never wanted to work for - promoted to district manager. I asked my district manager why. He told me that person had sold the most product in the last year.

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Business Evolution

Growth strategies are becoming less about the business defining the individual and more about the individual defining the business

The way businesses have been measuring the impact and influence of people has been flawed – and wrong. For an organization to evolve and grow, they must move people from the fringe of organizational development objectives to the center of their enterprise-wide strategy. That’s when real growth/ROI happens. When people fail to evolve together cultures – and businesses – fail to grow.

For years, we have accumulated data and created metrics to measure peopleand where has that led us? To flawed initiatives that keep creating silos, poor employee engagement, execution mindsets, tension... That’s how we end up with unhealthy businesses that fail to see, anticipate, and seize opportunity gaps. The solution is to move all people – employees and consumers – to the center of the organization and interconnected functional departments, replacing traditional models that promote a top-down, hierarchical, departmental, siloed, one-size-fits-all mentality.

To do this and truly succeed, a more focused, holistic approach is required. That’s how we create solutions and ecosystems that leverage the collective strengths and resources that still exist internally with those of external partners to better serve the different needs of all our people in leadership, the workplace, the marketplace, and in our communities. Historically, however, this collaboration and focus on the needs of people is exactly what the business templates of the past prevented us from achieving: the focus on the needs of the business, not the individuals.

Businesses don’t need to change to shift this focus: they need to evolve. Change and evolution require distinctly different mindsets. Change can be enabled by fear of others, distrust, and uncertainty. Change leads to substitution that slows progress down. Evolution leads to reinvention and growth. But you can’t do that when divisiveness overpowers one’s ability to be open-minded. Division perpetuates silos and victimization. Evolution requires courage to embrace diversity of thought – a mindset that sees value in individuals and the ability to forge like-mindedness through our mosaic of differences rather than forge a melting pot of inauthentic and manufactured assimilation. Evolution requires us to look at our own responsibility to grow and influence the advancement of something that is in the best interest of a healthier whole.