Elastic Thinking and Innovation

Innovation has always been imperative to humanity’s growth and survival (see growing crops, building shelter, written language, etc.), and we’re receiving messages all over the place that innovation is more important than ever in this current age of rapid technological advancement  and globalization. As industries, services, products, and communication change at an accelerated pace, we’ll … Continue reading Elastic Thinking and Innovation

Reflection: Quotes and Questions

December presents a natural opportunity to quantify, analyze, and mark the events of the year that is coming to an end.   We’re giving into the instinct to reflect, with a little help from artists who have shared some of what they’ve learned about looking back.     What did you put a lot of energy into … Continue reading Reflection: Quotes and Questions

What Does Successful Conflict Resolution Look Like?

If you manage or lead other people, it’s worth the effort to build up your conflict resolution tool box.  Chances are that several times throughout a workday, you’ll discover conflicts, some will be brought to you, and you may even become aware that you’ve caused a few.  However they get identified, once they’re in your … Continue reading What Does Successful Conflict Resolution Look Like?

How Conflict is Born

While all conflict is unique based on its content and what the people involved are bringing to it, there exists a common blueprint at their inception that, once identified, can help you recognize and resolve it in its early stages.   How Does a Conflict Start? The precursor of any conflict can be defined as the … Continue reading How Conflict is Born

Want to Grow as a Leader?  Here’s One Way to Ask Your Team For the Feedback You’ll Need. 

As a leader, everyone on your team has created an impression of who you are and how you operate.  Some of it is based on their own experience, some of it is based on rumor, all of it is subject to their unique perception.  Whether the picture being painted is rosy or thorny, true or … Continue reading Want to Grow as a Leader?  Here’s One Way to Ask Your Team For the Feedback You’ll Need. 

That Time When You Know You Should Go Out and Get Feedback, Yet You Don’t. 

In our lives we often know what is “good for us,” and yet we don’t do it.  Eating healthy. Getting enough sleep. Disconnecting with our phone and connecting with loved ones instead.  As a leader, you may know it is “good for you” to go out and get feedback from your team - sustaining a … Continue reading That Time When You Know You Should Go Out and Get Feedback, Yet You Don’t. 

Not Getting Candid Feedback From Your Team When You Ask For It? Try This First.

As a leader, why is it your responsibility to go out and get feedback from your team? In the workplace, most people haven’t been conditioned to candidly tell you, their boss, what you’re doing that’s causing strain on the team or project.  It also doesn’t necessarily occur to them to point out to you what … Continue reading Not Getting Candid Feedback From Your Team When You Ask For It? Try This First.