One of my favorite movies is Planes, Trains and Automobiles starring Steve Martin and John Candy. It’s the story of two hapless travelers trying to get back to Chicago for Thanksgiving. Without giving too much away it involves canceled flights, broken-down trains and burning cars. It’s your basic holiday nightmare. Of course, it ends wonderfully and will leave you thankful for your Thanksgiving meal with family. In one scene about midway through… Read More »Here’s an Idea: Have a Point!
A friend of mine has a great story about why leaders need to be cautious about what they say. He was stationed on a military base that had a golf course. My friend noticed that one day a massive dirt mound appeared. He didn’t think a lot of it until he happened to be chatting with the base engineer who explained the back story. Seems the base commander randomly mentioned… Read More »Why Leaders Need To Watch Their Words
Innovation isn’t just about ideas. It’s about communicating those ideas. We hear it everywhere these days, how innovation is not an option. It’s the only way to survive. Companies like Amazon and Apple are alive because of it. Sears and Montgomery Wards are not. So what’s the key to innovation? A recent study by Hanna Kremer, Isabel Villamor and Herman Aguinis makes a series of recommendations about how to keep… Read More »Want to innovate? Concentrate on your voice
Face it, we live in a hectic world. Things are happening faster than ever before. That’s especially true for communication. It’s almost hard to believe that there was once a time when people would work on a project and then send it out for a review that would sometimes take days or weeks. Even e-mail now seems slow compared to Slack and other collaborative tools that allow for instant input.… Read More »Communicating at the Right Speed