By Tanja Yardley
A wise innovation mentor recently said something that stirred reflection for me. He said, “The American Industrial Revolution has done a great disservice to us. It shifted the context of the hiring process to considering humans as units of production, where people feel as if they are just a number, easily replaced by someone more productive or less expensive. Simply a cog in the production wheel. Some elements of this thinking still persist today.” He went on to talk about how powerful it is to replace that thinking pattern with the idea that people are instead “contributors to success.” In that more powerful mindset, we recognize ourselves as owners of results, owners of the problems that get in the way of results and owners of the innovations that hurdle those obstacles.
By Ron Price, TCL Founder
As you begin the New Year and consider the possibility that a new year offers, this is a great opportunity to take some time to reflect on your influence in both your career and your personal life. Reflection can be a powerful tool in guiding your direction and intention for the year. Here are a few aspects to consider and questions to ask yourself:
Your influence grows (or decreases) based on three dimensions: character, expertise, position.
Your character is what others observe about how you govern yourself and what they experience or notice in how you relate to others.
By Ron Price
Of all the skills in the Complete Leader skillset library, persuasion is one that never elicits a neutral response. People either love the idea of it or are repulsed by it, often because of the negative connotation of the word. While it is sometimes used interchangeably with “manipulation,” the motive behind persuasion makes all the difference, and it is actually a critical skill to develop while on the journey to becoming a Complete Leader. Ultimately, one of the most important roles of a leader is to inspire or persuade people to make commitments that they wouldn’t otherwise make.Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya, Hr.com, November 2021
How to help everyone find their role in creating innovation
Does this innovation challenge sound familiar? Your team leaders and managers acknowledge the importance of innovation and even sing its praises—but if you ask them how they routinely champion innovation within their teams, you might get crickets.
The problem is that most people managers, while they recognize the need for innovation initiatives, don’t engage in these initiatives themselves. Innovation isn’t their job; their main concern is ensuring employees get the necessary day-to-day work done. People managers are good at directing and growing what already exists but often struggle to guide their teams to new ways of thinking and creating.Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya, Fast Company, November 2021
Your company is one disruption away from becoming irrelevant. A few years ago, I spoke at a conference where I told the leaders in attendance this exact statement.
It struck a chord with one attendee: the chief innovation officer of the Great NW + Pacific BBB. He reached out to me to talk about his goals to move his regional Better Business Bureau forward, and we created an innovation academy designed to inspire innovation across every department—the ultimate goal was to jumpstart a culture of innovation. Fast forward 2 years, and 50 employees have graduated from the in-house training, innovation efforts have increased across departments, and the organization continues to report cost savings as departments find more efficient ways to work. Read More
Dr. Evans Baiya, InnovationManagement.se, November 2021Five Data Missteps That Paralyze Innovation
Data can be a powerful enabler for innovation, but when used incorrectly, it can be a paralyzing force. It’s a critical component in measuring and understanding the need for innovation—if you cannot measure something, you cannot improve it. Whether you collect data based on historical perspectives or through experiments, it can bring the insights needed for truly great innovations.Read More
Connected Leadership and Paying Attention
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Facilitator and author Dr. Francis Eberle continue their discussion about Connected Leadership. Francis tells the story of his dyslexia diagnosis and how it formed his theory of collaboration. He points to the aspect of Attention, which he believes sets a leader apart. He gives tips on how to start narrowing down your focus as a leader and figuring out where you should be paying attention.
Connected Leadership and Purpose
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Facilitator and author Dr. Francis Eberle talk today about the importance of defining purpose as a leader. Francis outlines why leaders must engage their employees to help lead, and the importance of organizational purpose as it relates to your team. He gives the four parts of the Connected Leadership model, which he discusses in his recent book, as well as tips for figuring out your own personal purpose.
Host Dale Dixon and TCL Author and Founder Ron Price continue their conversation about Resiliency. Ron gives ideas to increase Resiliency in the five areas he defined in Part 1, using the three steps to success. Dale and Ron dive into the five facets of Resiliency and how to set goals to begin to work on each. They discuss the importance of stress and recovery in the process, and Ron shares his three favorite quotes about Resilience.