leadership

When to Emulate and When to Originate

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By Jalene Case

In school, we’re always told never to copy a fellow student’s work. That’s cheating! It’s a forbidden, punishable, no-no. But as you move through life, you may find that there are times when imitation can be a valuable technique, especially when you’re in the process of learning a new skill. However, you’ll soon find that to reach the next level of success, you must move from emulation to developing your own expertise. 

Creative Thinking with John Kerrick

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Host Dale Dixon talks today with John Kerrick, a human development expert and coach who has spent much of his career teaching creative thinking. He shares the key principles for thinking creatively, and tells stories of his time working with brand managers at Quaker Oats and engineers at GE. He explains how creativity can begin with a simple idea and the benefit of changing one small thing at a time.

Why Changing the Culture Helps Businesses Innovate

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By David Quinlan

If there is one takeaway from my journey into the world of innovation, it’s that truly successful innovation requires courage and the willingness to let go of uncertainty. 

Welcome back to the Innovators Academy – a behind-the-scenes, unscripted backstory of what it means to be innovative and how an organization like Better Business Bureau can make it happen. For the past month our cohort had two jobs – ideate and identify waste. 

After the Decision Is Made: Communicating Change

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Host Dale Dixon interviews special guest, Lori McNeill, a sought-after speaker and leadership advisor who specializes in helping companies navigate through change. Lori shares the importance of communicating the "why" of a decision, and how to determine who will need to be included in the conversation. She gives some tactical ways to foster buy-in, and ideas to help people understand the bigger picture when it comes to organizational change.

Launching a Business? Start With Value

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By Dr. Evans Baiya

The single most important mandate of innovation is to create value. Similarly, one of the mandates of entrepreneurialism is to deliver value. Yet, innovation and entrepreneurialism are not necessarily the same. 

Trying to Dress for Success

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A Q&A With Ron Price

Ron,

I have a question and I’m wondering if you could offer a little advice. Since working with you, I’ve added several new professional development books to my library, but so far I’ve not seen anything in the books I’m reading about a professional dress code.

5 Characteristics of Great Leaders

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By Dave Clark,

The hope of every employee is to work for a leader they like and respect. While each person may have their own definition of what constitutes a “great leader,” we can agree there are certain traits that appeal to the masses.

If you are a leader and you possess these five traits, you are probably quite successful. If you don’t think these traits describe your leadership style, working on one or more of these areas would be a great place to start in order to build a better rapport with your teams.

Humility

Are Your Assumptions Limiting Your Employees?

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Host Dale Dixon interviews Leadership Advisor Dr. Francis Eberle about his unique perspective on understanding and evaluating others. Dr. Eberle shares how being dyslexic impacted his education--and also the way he perceives others. He tells us why assumptions about people are detrimental for a leader, and gives simple tactics to be better at understanding and evaluating others.

Men Needed!

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By Stacy Ennis, HR.com, February 2019

An Open Conversation About Women in Leadership

It was 7:45 a.m. on a Tuesday. My team and I were waiting on participants for a breakfast meetup we had organized at a global conference. The topic was Women in Leadership.

The meetup was meant to be an open, candid conversation about the state of women in leadership. But the event description included something you don’t often see for these types of meetups: “Men, we hope you’ll join us.”

Are You Hobbling or Helping Yourself?

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By Jalene Case

Remember the three-legged race popular at family reunions and field days? Racers pair up and stand side-by-side with their arms around each other. Then the two touching legs are bound together and the hobbled racers do their best to dash straight ahead to the finish line! It doesn’t take much for them to tumble over into a giggling heap. 

Are your thoughts, feelings, and actions helping you move toward what’s most meaningful to you? Or are they hobbling you, causing you to stumble and perhaps fall just short of your goals? 

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