All organisations – start-ups or long-standing blue chip companies – would state that collaboration is key to their success. Increasing shareholder value, raising seed capital, or launching an IPO all depends upon great partnering. The ability to partner successfully can be hampered sometimes, by the race to the finish line. Leaders are advised to make …

Because social media is 24/7, you need an army of employee champions to be your eyes and ears, and your passionate amplifiers.  However, you can’t simply tell people to be your social champions.  You have to earn their ambassadorship. The process begins with education and inclusion; getting your own employees to become a part of …

Corporations who have not made a commitment to disruption are guaranteed to either join the ranks of Kodak, Borders, and Blockbuster or sputter along as they try to stay profitable. Organisations often lament the dearth of innovative leaders. There is a concern and sometimes fear, a valid fear, that the current pool of talent will …

The way we design is wrong. Think about it – the end user doesn’t look at a product and think, “Wow!  I like that logo, and the product speaks to me, and so does the app, and the packaging really communicates everything together!”  Consumers see one thing, and that one thing is what drives their …

We are surrounded by waves of change fueled by rapid technological advances in every aspect of life. These waves of change are mounting into a tsunami of radical stimulus for massive disruption in our personal and professional lives. Technology enables everything to be copied, tracked, and everyone and everything is under surveillance. Facebook alone collects …

As business owners, leaders, and managers, giving feedback comes with the territory. However, many see giving feedback as a one-way street.  But if you’re taking this approach and delivering feedback without the opportunity for discussion, you’re missing the boat.  A feedback session should be a conversation. When giving feedback, it’s important to own your message …

How do you build a great brand? When considering that question, most companies have meetings. They call together their top leaderships team or hire branding consultants. Often, good things result. But have you also noticed that many companies have to start the branding process all over again after two or three years? The brand concept …

“Loss is nothing but change and change is nature’s delight.” – Marcus Aurelius. No matter where you look today, it seems as though once mighty organizations are tumbling down on a routine basis.  Think Compaq, Circuit City, Borders, Blockbuster, and more.  No industry is immune.  Be it automakers, microchip producers, ride-sharing providers, or leading retailers, …

Every organisation laments the lack of capable or qualified talent. When I chat with human resources and business leaders, they all express a collective sigh. They declare that the war on talent is very real. Finding qualified resources appears to be a challenge in most industry sectors, at most levels. So why is this the …

This is the era of disruption – an unavoidable, sometimes uncomfortable, always immensely powerful force.  Businesses underestimate it at their peril.  But a conscious effort to harness this energy polishing an internal brand, attractive to employees, and an external brand, irresistible to customers, can reap big rewards. Employees Ain’t Happy (Ain’t Nobody Happy) As a …