By Jalene Case
When was the last time you discovered that you didn’t measure up to someone else’s expectations? The message may have come from a boss, co-worker, colleague, client, family member, or friend. Do you remember the feeling? It might have been a visceral, sinking feeling in your gut or some other physical sensation that comes when your confidence takes a plunge.
I went through this tough experience with a coaching client recently. Initially, he was knocked off-track and didn’t know what to do to regain his confidence. Like a car hitting an icy patch of road, he was swerving uncontrollably. Eventually, he was able to gain control of his internal steering wheel again. Now that he’s beyond the rough patch, he can look back at the resiliency skills he developed along the way. We used the following six strategies to bring him relief, as well as personal growth.Read More
By Dr. Evans Baiya
In helping businesses and leaders build their innovation abilities, I see certain traits that stifle innovation again and again. Whether they surface in an individual leader or employee, or afflict the organization as a whole, these repeating issues become a hindrance to future success. Here are 12 enemies of successful innovation to avoid on your innovation journey.
Lack of Clarity
It’s not easy to follow someone who does not know what problems they are solving and why. As a leader—especially if you are attempting change—you need a clear vision of the what, the when, the why, the who, and the how to create momentum for those who follow you.
All of this can be clarified in your strategy to reduce noise and inaction. Without clarity, the noise will overwhelm both internal and external stakeholders. They won’t know what to pay attention to, believe, or act upon. Practice clarifying your strategy.Read More
Part One of a two-part interview with the Authors of Optimizing Strategy for Results: A Structured Approach to Make Your Business Come Alive
By The TCL Team
We all did a little something different during our extended time at home during the early days of the pandemic. With Zoom as our new neighborhood hangout, we worked, exercised, and socialized. For authors Dr. Timothy Waema, Ron Price, and Dr. Evans Baiya, it was the perfect time to collaborate on a book they had been dreaming of for years.
From their homes across the world in Boise, ID, and Nairobi, Kenya, the authors pooled together their collective knowledge on strategy, leadership, and innovation to write Optimizing Strategy for Results: A Structured Approach to Make Your Business Come Alive. This step-by-step model is meant to help leaders prepare, create, and optimize great strategy—making those elusive “how’s” and “what’s” of successful strategic planning clear.Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya, Authority Magazine, April 2022
Thank you so much for joining us in this interview series! Before we dive in, our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you tell us a bit about your ‘backstory’ and how you got started?
I am a trained scientist, engineer, and I worked in Silicon Valley. My background is in engineering and chemistry, so I didn’t know much about strategy until I started moving up the ranks. When you’re in management you’re responsible for the execution of strategy. I was constantly asking myself, “What is strategy?” This was one of the reasons I decided to get an MBA because I really wanted to understand this language of business. Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya, HR.com, February 2022
Creating a long-lasting strategic foundation for your organization is not easy. Many leaders struggle in creating a successful strategy—often because the organization’s purpose is not clear.
A good strategy offers clarity to stakeholders, both on what the company is doing and where it plans to go in the future. If the path is clear, measuring and monitoring the execution is far easier. A clear purpose statement summarizes why a company exists. It answers the questions: why is the organization needed, who are its customers, and what do they value? Without these answers, a strategy isn’t specific or actionable enough to show the what and the where. Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya InnovationManagement.se, February 2022
Avoid these four communications landmines as you navigate the stages of innovation.
Innovation can sometimes feel like a winding journey that includes steps forward, backward and sideways. There are even landmines along the way that can stall or derail the process. These landmines are often communication points that, if not properly structured, will cause dysfunction, disengagement, lack of ownership, and lack of creativity within a team or an organization.
When this happens, what could be a groundbreaking idea is as good as dead. You need successful communication during each of the Six Stages of Innovation, or your team will fail to complete the innovation journey. Avoid communication sabotage by being aware of these four landmines. Read More
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Author and Founder Ron Price dive into the different types of thinking leaders should practice. Thinking is the beginning of a leader’s journey and without thinking diversely and clearly, their potential is limited. We all have natural tendencies for how we approach thinking but we also have skills that supplement our talent. Ron explains the six continuums of thinkers, the seven thinking skills, and creating an environment for diverse thinking competencies.
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Author and Founder Ron Price describe the significance of growing from consciousness to being conscious in making good judgements for senior leaders. There is so much noise around us that we lose the keenness of self-awareness and self-evaluation. Leaders must choose to increase awareness or it will plateau overtime. Ron provides examples of how leaders can develop their capacity to discern the difference between the degrees of good or bad in any situation..
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Author and Founder Ron Price discuss the role of emotion in our thinking as leaders. Studies in neuroscience indicate that thinking creates emotion instead of emotion establishing our thinking. Ron explains how our brain subconsciously makes predictions through our past experiences, our body sending messages to the brain about the energy it needs, and how the external environment is influencing us. He also describes how emotional intelligence helps leaders recognize the depth that emotions impede their predictive judgements.