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How to Make 2015 a Breakout Year for Your Business

 

“The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” - William Gibson

The Changing World

Make More Sales! Your New Business Mantra –

“Nothing happens until a sale is made.” – Thomas Watson Sr., Founder of IBM

Leading Innovative Companies By Example

“If you're not failing every now and again, it's a sign you're not doing anything very innovative.” - Woody Allen

In late January, I published a post on LinkedIn called “Creating a Culture of Innovation” which featured the 6 most important steps I believe a leader needs to take in order to build a highly innovative culture. The step that elicited the greatest response and interest was to Lead by Example, so, I decided to write a separate post just on that one topic.

Creating a Culture of Innovation

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” - Benjamin Franklin

You want your company to thrive because it innovates, not innovate to survive.  Major changes in the global economy, technology, and demographics, are significantly disrupting many industry sectors, putting a squeeze on profit margins of companies in status quo mode while rewarding the innovators with new opportunity and stronger market positions. 

Leading with The Truth: Handling Crucial Conversations

“A coach is someone who can give correction without causing resentment.” -John Wooden

Have ever had the experience of saying something, and literally as the words were leaving your lips, you knew you would regret it? Ouch. Often this tends to occur at precisely the wrong time, as we are discussing a particularly important or emotional topic, under stress or pressed for time, and with people important to us.

2015 is going to be big, are you ready?

“The future is here, it’s just not evenly distributed yet.” - William Gibson

How to Use Lean Thinking to Grow Sales, Improve Profit and Postpone Financing

The concept of Lean was recently popularized within the technology community by Eric Ries’ 2011 book, The Lean Startup. However, it may come as a surprise to some technology entrepreneurs, that the principles of Lean Thinking were developed decades ago and have been adopted by some of the leading global industries, particularly manufacturing and logistics, and proven to create significant value.

What I Learned in 35 Years of Setting and Achieving Annual Goals.....

In 1981, I was out on New Year’s Eve with a very good friend of mine, when the topic of setting goals came up in the conversation. Being New Year's Eve, it was inevitable that we would reflect upon the previous year and start thinking ahead to what we planned to achieve in the next year. We quickly came up with our goals for 1982, and literally scribbled them down on the back of a napkin at the bar. It was the first time I had set annual goals, and have not stopped since.

The Ten Habits of Great Leadership

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way” - John C. Maxwell

Habit 1: Act like a Leader Always! Leaders are always on the job, exhibiting the character traits and behaviours that reflect both the organization and people for whom the leader is responsible. Leadership is not a function, title or role. It is the state in which a person must always be, in order to fulfil their responsibilites and duties.

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