Don’t Normalize Conflict November 15, 2017 Posted in: Andy Johnson, Blog

By Andy Johnson

I’ve been thinking, writing and speaking about conflict in different contexts for about twenty years. Shortly after the release of my 2014 book that focused on conflict prevention, I was asked to address a lunchtime Rotary club meeting in my home town. I had prepared what I thought was a nice talk describing the way many of us avoid the topic of conflict (like we do taxes, death, and other depressing subjects). Thus, I was surprised when the audience overwhelmingly started telling me about the goodness of conflict. They had all been convinced that conflict, which we used to fear, was now our friend in the workplace. Read More

3 Leaders Who Made an Impact on My Life November 6, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Whit Mitchell
And the Lessons I Learned from Them

By Whit Mitchell

Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to learn lessons from many great leaders, and even some lessons from leaders who weren’t so great. But I can specifically name three leaders who had a significant impact on my life’s purpose and direction. The lessons I learned (and sometimes continue to learn) from these leaders have been far reaching, and hopefully you’ll find some wisdom here too. Read More

Military Secrets to Creating a Culture of Leadership October 31, 2017 Posted in: Blog, Bobby Sanchez PhD

By Dr. Bobby Sanchez

How does the military produce great leaders? My experience as a commissioned officer and U.S. Army Ranger is that they do so by nurturing the character, traits, and competencies of service members from the moment they first report to duty until the day they depart military service. While military service is very different than other career fields, it is also very similar to most businesses in the U.S. who invest in and rely heavily on human capital for producing, or providing a product or service.Read More

Identifying a Person’s Behavioral Style Through Email October 27, 2017 Posted in: Blog

Understanding someone’s behavioral style gives us an incredible advantage into accomplishing our goals. In today’s world, we don’t always get the opportunity to interact face to face. That’s why it’s important to be able to pick up cues in other ways, giving you the chance to communicate most effectively in a style that works for the other person. People are constantly sending out cues that give clear indicators of their primary behavioral patterns. Verbal cues maybe the most obvious, but we experience these cues also through non-verbal body language and writing styles. Can you actually identify a person’s behavior by analyzing their email style? Absolutely! Being aware of what these cues mean and making sure you’re in tune with them will help you communicate more effectively with different individuals. Read More


Is Your Idea Good Enough? October 31, 2017 Posted in: Articles/Media, Evans Baiya PhD

By Dr. Evans Baiya, Innovation Enterprise, September 2017

You have an idea to solve a problem or opportunity, whether it be a new process for your department or even a new business idea. So how do you figure out if your idea will actually work and if it’s sustainable? People often come up with ideas that could be significant, but they struggle with quantifying them to determine if they can be viable products, improvements, services or businesses with true value. Read More

3 Reasons Innovation Fails July 26, 2017 Posted in: Articles/Media, Ron Price

By Ron Price,, June 2017

Innovation is a tough dart to land for many companies. Most organizations see the value of innovation, whether it be internal innovation that revamps processes and systems, or external innovation that creates a new product or service. They might even succeed in rallying teams around the idea of innovation and getting people excited about the possibilities, only to fall short before hitting the bullseye. Read More

5 Things Successful Leaders Don’t Say February 14, 2017 Posted in: Articles/Media

By Ryan Lisk,, February 2017

“I am the expert of my intention, but you are the expert of my impact.”

This popular leadership catch phrase is one of the reasons many leaders struggle today. How many times have you had a conversation with someone only to learn they interpreted your message differently than you intended? Or found they were hung up on one phrase or word, completely missing the point? Read More

Stop Wasting the Talent of Your Chief Creative Officer December 16, 2016 Posted in: Articles/Media, Courtney Feider

By Courtney Feider,, December 2016

These days hiring a Chief Creative Officer is all the rage. Many companies see the value of bringing brand management and direction in house, and having someone who is entrenched in company culture oversee creative direction. Read More


Intro to Conceptual Thinking (Ep. 1) November 13, 2017 Posted in: Dale Dixon, Ron Price

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Advisor Ron Price talk today about Conceptual Thinking, starting by defining the term and what it means for a leader. They talk about the evolution of org charts, and conceptual thinking’s role in creating a better future. Ron outlines some of the ways he helps leaders and their teams develop conceptual thinking, and gives tips to unfold this type of thinking in your own life.

Futuristic Thinking (Series Ep. 3) November 6, 2017 Posted in: Dale Dixon, Ron Price

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Advisor Ron Price continue their discussion of Futuristic Thinking, talking about how the greatest roadblock to success is ideation, and why groups struggle to come up with ideas. Ron outlines the blueprint for futuristic thinking that is presented in The Innovator’s Advantage, and talks about how he leads clients through ideation sessions that create the most innovative and creative ideas. He also gives ideas for helping your organization develop and practice Futuristic Thinking.

Futuristic Thinking (Series Ep. 2) October 30, 2017 Posted in: Dale Dixon, Ron Price

In this second episode of the Futuristic Thinking series, host Dale Dixion and executive advisor Ron Price discuss why Futuristic Thinking is a difficult competency to master. Ron talks about how simply spending time with other futuristic thinkers can inspire you, and gives tips on how to identify them. He offers ways to think more broadly as a futuristic thinker, and outlines the six-step blueprint for futuristic thinking.

Futuristic Thinking (Series Ep. 1) October 23, 2017 Posted in: Dale Dixon, Ron Price

Host Dale Dixon and Executive Coach Ron Price discuss Futuristic Thinking and its importance for a leader. In this first episode of the Futuristic Thinking series, Ron gives the reasons why most leaders report that they struggle with this skill, and offers tips to improve your own Futuristic Thinking abilities. He discusses how goals tie to Futuristic Thinking, and why current generations are more comfortable with this competency.


Convergence with Andy Johnson and Courtney Feider October 31, 2017 Posted in: Andy Johnson, Courtney Feider, Video

In this short clip, Executive Coach Andy Johnson and Creative Brand Strategist Courtney Feider talk about the program they offer called “Convergence.” Together they give more details about the program and discuss the tangible assets that you will gain by participating.

Dr. Evans Baiya | Speaker Reel 2018 October 26, 2017 Posted in: Evans Baiya PhD, Video

Dr. Evans Baiya is a technology and innovation strategist who has spent nearly two decades pioneering change for his clients. He is an entertaining speaker, full of stories and practical examples. Evans believes that everyone is an innovator. He speaks on the importance of innovation and futuristic thinking for every organization, and his dynamic presentation style leaves companies inspired and ready to discover their next big idea.

The Innovator’s Advantage: A Conversation About the Creative Heart of Innovation October 18, 2017 Posted in: Courtney Feider, Evans Baiya PhD, Ron Price, Video

In this video, “The Innovator’s Advantage” authors Ron Price and Dr. Evans Baiya, and Executive Coach Courtney Feider talk about the link between Innovation and Creativity. They give tips to stop creative prohibition and discuss the beginnings of “The Innovator’s Advantage”.

Negotiation: Agreeing To a Mutual Outcome October 10, 2017 Posted in: Video, Wade Johnson

In this short video, TCL Faculty Member, Wade Johnson gives you tools to get the results you want from Negotiation and reasons that this skill is critical to succeed as a leader.