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My First Real Lesson in Leadership

In 1986, I had just graduated from engineering school with my newly-minted diploma, $30,000 in debt (1986 dollars), with no immediate prospects for employment. Two years previously, I had driven across the country from Vancouver sleeping in a car I had purchased for $55, as the result of placing 30 simultaneous stink bids on surplus auction vehicles, and blew a piston only 50 km from the school forcing me to hitchhike the rest of the way to start my studies.

The Lean Scale Up

Achieving scalability continues to be one of the biggest challenges facing companies today. Many companies successful startup and then grow revenue, only to stall in the dreaded $2M - $5M revenue range. Several factors account for this stalling, including: initially addressing a small market segment (often regional or a niche), poor initial business models, inexperienced leadership and lack of growth capital.

Ten Steps to a Winning Strategic Plan

“A goal without a plan is just a wish.” -Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Step 1 - Commit to an exceptional business strategy

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

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