Authenticity in leadership and the workplace has gotten a lot of attention recently. Most of us would agree that being authentic is a highly desirable trait in our leaders, but it can be really difficult to understand what authenticity truly means and how to go about practicing it in our day-to-day activities leading others. A working definition of authenticity that I like to use is simply, “having your words and

Most of us agree that having a strong network is critical to success, but many of us don’t really like the idea of networking. It often comes with a negative or self-serving connotation. When it comes to networking, the best thing we can do for ourselves is to relax and simply treat networking as a way to build and maintain strong relationships with amazing people that we want to have

Take a look at anyone who is really successful and you will find that they have built a really strong network of people around them; but for many of us, the idea of networking can be intimidating and confusing. “How should we go about networking?”, “Who should we be networking with?” and “Where do we meet these people?” are all questions that come up frequently. Many people also feel like

Starting a Leader’s Journal can be a great way to foster your creativity and innovation. The idea comes from Steven Johnson’s “Where Good Ideas Come From” where he discusses how the great thinkers of the Enlightenment Period would keep “commonplace books” for recording their thoughts, observations about the world and the ideas of others that they found interesting. Enhancing Creativity with a Handwritten Journal My handwritten journal is where I

We all want to foster our own creativity and help our team come up with innovative solutions to the problems that we face. One of the biggest myths about creativity is that it often comes as a “lightning bolt” or an epiphany that hits us all at once. In Where Good Ideas Come From, Steven Johnson dispels that myth by talking about the concept of a “slow hunch”. We can

No matter what stage your project, business or team is in at the moment, it’s critical to continue to take action. Developing your strategy is important but shouldn’t prevent you from moving forward on tasks you know must be accomplished to successfully achieve your mission. Holding off on action until you get your strategy fully refined, waiting for perfect information, or trying to build a bulletproof plan that covers every

While strategic thought and planning are important to achieving any goal, it’s crucial to keep taking action on completing your mission while you contemplate your mission and vision statements. In this video, Jason LeDuc emphasizes the need to keep taking action and talks about how to avoid decision paralysis that is counter-productive. It’s important to remember that you don’t have to try to take big, drastic, exciting actions to feel like things are still moving

As we frequently talk about with our clients and in our posts, personal and professional development are key to growing into strong leaders ready for the challenges of tomorrow. Approaching development from the perspective of a student of leadership as an art and science is an effective way to absorb new ideas and incorporate them into your leadership philosophy and style.  This kind of development can be difficult to do on

All truly great leaders all have a mission that they put their heart and soul into and are able to articulate that mission in enrolling and inspiring ways. Your own mission statement describes not just what your mission is, but why it is important in a larger sense for you and your team to achieve it. Writing your mission statement is just the beginning, as a leader you must be

You’ve seen how important it is to have a clear and concise mission statement if you expect your team to be able to achieve the goals you set out for them. Just as critical as communicating that mission is articulating your vision of how the completed mission looks and feels. Your vision is the personal connection you have to the mission and shows how you believe that you’re making the world a