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How Leaders Can Successfully Champion Change

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When it comes to seeking insights on the best leadership practices, the natural inclination is to look towards successful organizations like Southwest Airlines and Zappos for inspiration and guidance.

Not surprisingly, in most countries, one area we often disregard for leadership guidance is the political arena, as most politicians tend to represent examples of what not to do than what leaders should be doing to engage and enable those they serve.

This sad reality becomes especially apparent during election campaigns, where political candidates expect voters to believe in their capability to lead and their vision of creating a better, more inclusive future, even though their tactics to win include character attacks and sowing division within the populace.

And yet, if we distance ourselves from the headaches and negativity that regrettably have become par for the course of political elections, there are some tangible, practical insights that we can learn from. Insights that help us to understand what we need to do to get our employees to embrace the change initiatives we’re putting forth to ensure success in our collective efforts.

It’s from this perspective that I’d like to share with you three lessons from the recent provincial election campaign held this past month in Quebec, Canada, that help to illustrate what measures leaders need to employ to encourage their employees to embrace the change initiatives they have in mind for their organization.

1. Don’t just tell, but show why this change initiative matters Click here to continue reading »”How Leaders Can Successfully Champion Change”

Creative Leadership: Why You Need To Think Outside The Box

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The following is a guest piece by Megan Totka.

People emerge or are elected as leaders in nearly every aspect of our lives, both personal and professional. While leadership does come in many ways, shapes, and forms, there are some people who go above and beyond when it comes to being a creative, inspiring leader. Thinking outside the box when it comes to your leadership style can be the difference in becoming a successful leader or one that people don’t look up to.

I would venture to say that many of us are somewhat immune to conventional leadership styles. That’s not to say that traditional approaches to leadership or management are totally ineffective. But taking the time to think about your leadership strategy and incorporate some ideas that are a little different can really affect those that you lead in a positive way.

While thinking about what to write about for the blog today, I came across an interesting article on Forbes that talked about taking leadership lessons from the military. Now you may be thinking, it doesn’t get more traditional than the military, which I happen to agree with. But not many of us use military-style leadership in our everyday lives, right? So you and your cohorts may not be as familiar with them.

Take a look at some of the military-style leadership tactics that could be effectively implemented as a measure to do things a little differently: Click here to continue reading »”Creative Leadership: Why You Need To Think Outside The Box”

Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation

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In today’s increasingly competitive, global market, it’s understandable why so many leaders are trying to figure out how to foster innovation in their organizations. So how is it that some organizations seem to thrive on the cutting edge while others can barely get their innovative initiatives off the ground? That’s the focus of my discussion with one of the world’s top experts on innovation and creativity, Matthew E. May.

Matt is a popular speaker, creativity coach, and advisor who has worked with management teams from companies like ADP, Intuit, Edmunds, and Toyota, to help them discover innovative solutions to complex issues. He is also the founder of Edit Innovation, an ideas agency based in Los Angeles, California.

In addition to his speaking and consulting work on creativity and innovation, Matt has written and has had his work featured in many respected publications such as Harvard Business Review, University of Toronto’s The Rotman Magazine, Fast Company, Thinkers50, TIME, Inc Magazine, strategy+business, Forbes, MIT/Sloan Management Review and American Express OPEN Forum.

Matt is also the author of four critically acclaimed, award-winning and bestselling books on creativity and innovation, including his latest book, “The Laws Of Subtraction: 6 Simple Rules for Winning in the Age of Excess Everything”.

In this 14th episode of my show, Matt shares his insights into how we can tap into our organization’s collective creativity and drive innovation initiatives – including a fun, little exercise whose answer even had me surprised at its simplicity and elegance; you definitely want to check this out and even try it with your team and organization.

In addition to this insightful exercise, some of the other ideas and insights Matt and I discuss in our conversation include: Click here to continue reading »”Leadership Biz Cafe Podcast #14 – Matthew E. May On How To Encourage Creativity & Innovation”

Fear Of Change And 5 Ways To Overcome It

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The following is a guest piece by Forbes columnist August Turak.

Despite the fact that many self appointed “change agents” think there is something inherently irrational, even pathological, about the fear of change, there are damn good reasons why it has survived the incessant pruning of natural selection. All change is not good, and this is why the adage “No one ever got fired for buying IBM.” has persisted for so long in the mythos of business.

We started our business on a few thousand dollars and a shrink wrap accounting system. Seven years later we were acquired by a foreign company and that same $149 accounting system for millions of dollars. Despite the fact that we rapidly outgrew that accounting system, cursed it daily, constantly looked at wonderful alternatives, and even allocated budget, we never replaced it. Why? Fear of change.

We were terrified that something would go wrong during the transition that would bring our business to its knees. We were afraid to find ourselves with the worst of both worlds: an old accounting system no longer functioning and a new one not yet on line.

All authentic change goes through three stages: Click here to continue reading »”Fear Of Change And 5 Ways To Overcome It”

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