Many Leaders are fond of “committing” to innovation but are remiss in getting “involved” in innovation. Much like leaders did at the peak of the quality movement; executives would commit to quality and then commission the Quality Department to manage and lead the TQI efforts. Innovation, like quality, must become a collective mindset and effort. Everyone must look for and be willing to engage in innovations in our own spaces of influence, to include product, service, cost, design, and efficiency innovations. Innovative cultures do not “yeah BUT” ideas to death. Innovative cultures “what if” ideas to life. When this happens, innovation becomes deeply rooted in the DNA of a company, all people, everyone, everyday, everywhere, get involved.
Business and self-help books promise to fill talent gaps that increase productivity, decrease stress, and close more deals. Studies reveal, however, it is not a strong, single skill that propels people to peak performance; it is a strong process that is consistently followed.
I am intrigued and seduced by the idea of isolating a weakness and fixing it to change my life. It is enticing to believe I can organize my files and make more money; it is exciting to think I can purchase Contact Management software and get more clients; it is motivating to believe I can read Abraham Lincoln’s biography, and tomorrow be a better leader. This information adds to my repertoire of ideas for better performance, but if they are not consciously incorporated into a process, they remain randomly stored ideas that can even be misapplied.
With all the negative news being shared with us across the media, it is easy to feel a sense of hopelessness. As Dylan said, ‘Everything is broken…’ However, in the midst of hardship, blue skies lie ahead. Most times, these challenges we face turn into important life events and often become blessings. The hardship you’re encountering forces you to re-evaluate your situation and directs you to a more meaningful path; the financial hardship and reduced spending ultimately gets you to see how you’ve been spending/living above your means and forces you to reprioritize what’s really important to you; the forgoing of that vacation creates the possibility of spending some time at home playing games and talking with your family and friends (very European of you.)
Just about every high school in America has a line item in its budget for vending machines. Those machines might offer Coke, they might offer Pepsi, or they might offer vitamin water. But whatever they offer, they dispense only when students, faculty or staff deposit the required amount of change. And that change adds up. Read the rest of this entry »
Have you ever been Stuck in the Middle Seat™ on a long flight? It’s not very fun, is it? No room to stretch out, people on both sides of you who are oblivious to the fact that you have no place to put your baggage … or your elbows! This can lead to some pretty long, uncomfortable trips.
Taking this a step further, being Stuck in the Middle Seat™ can also represent any number of uncomfortable, unpleasant things in life. Of course, at its most basic and literal level, it’s a physical location. You’re in a house, office, or environment that is uncomfortable. Perhaps it is too noisy, you don’t get along with your neighbors, or your basic safety needs are not met. More often, however, it is a metaphor for a state of mind or an attitude. You’re in a career, relationship or “place” that isn’t optimal, yet for some reason you don’t take the steps to change your situation. In essence, you’re stuck. Don’t worry, you’re not alone. Moving beyond being Stuck in the Middle Seat™ is a challenge all of us face, sooner or later.
Fortune Editor and columnist Geoff Colvin delivers fresh insights on what lies ahead in France’s economy and the situation in Europe.
Sounds impossible, right? Well, it turns out that if stress were inherently stressful, we would all be stressed by the same things. And we’re not.
Some people are stressed by traffic. Some aren’t.
Some people are stressed by their families. Some aren’t.
Some people are stressed by snakes. Some aren’t – - but those people are usually stressed by spiders. Just saying.
Some life experiences do cause stress for most people. Illness, death, loss. I think we can agree that those are inherently stressful. But much of our day-to-day stress is not.