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Are You Really Encouraging Innovation?

Many companies boast about their cultures of innovation. They incorporate creativity and openness into their mission or values statements. They reward employees for new insights and ideas. They hire and promote for innovation. Yet despite such measures, they find that…

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To Boost Innovation, Pull the Leadership Lever

My friend was frazzled. She had joined a large, consumer-facing organization, where she was immersed in the exciting work of redesigning the customer journey map. But she faced a major obstacle. Line managers were accustomed to doing business the old way. They knew…

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Leading A Multigenerational Workforce

Nationally known voice on generational differences in the workplace Kim Huggins, was recently interviewed by Generis (an organizer of business summits including the American Manufacturing Summit) on the topic of Leading A Multi Generational Workforce in Manufacturing. You can read…

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Stormproof Your Company: Developing A New Generation of Breakthrough Leaders

Is your company stormproof? The storm I’m talking about isn’t a tornado or hurricane, but rather a “perfect storm” in the battle for talent. A tightening labor market combined with baby boomer retirements is adding up to significant talent gaps…

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Self-Talk – It’s Not Just for Athletes Anymore

By: Amy Durgin, Ph.D., Associate Consultant; Marcia Dolby, Sr. Principal; Carolina Aguilera, Ph.D., Principal You’ve heard it a thousand times. How athletes use positive self-talk to eliminate pre-game jitters and improve their performance on the field. What if we told…

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Want to Achieve Superior Turnaround Performance? Forming a Turnaround Steering Team is Your First Step

By: Charles Carnes, Senior Partner; Brian Cole, Principal; Krystyna Riley, Senior Consultant A high performing Turnaround Steering Team is your key to better planning and execution Turnarounds are a complex, challenging, and expensive part of capital intensive industries (e.g., refining,…

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Kick Your Culture of Innovation into High Gear: A Generational Approach

Have you heard about Adobe’s Kickbox? It’s a little red box filled with materials that take employees through a six-step, self-guided innovation process. Employees who have a new idea they want to pursue take a workshop and then proceed through…

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Breaking Out of the CEO Bubble

Do you regularly seek out information from people across your organization? Do you maintain a cabinet of trusted advisors—confidents who are willing tell you not only the good but also the difficult truth when appropriate? Do you look closely at behaviors of your own that may prevent others from speaking openly with you?

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Building Your Kitchen Cabinet: Ten Critical Steps to Winning Over Your Board

The Board of Directors is a primary stakeholder group for any CEO. When CEOs enjoy strong relationships with their Boards and individual Board members, they can generally make swifter progress. On the other hand, when relationships between CEOs and their…

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The Leadership Team You Inherit

Joining an organization from outside and inheriting an intact senior team, possibly containing members who had been passed over for the CEO job, brings obvious challenges. CEOs in our study who had lived through this situation reported that it was…

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