Timely Insights

  • Where’s the Courage . . .

If you’ve ever wondered why some leaders and managers (perhaps including you!) don’t show more of their backbone on the job, consider this: are they too comfortable, too afraid or too much of both? A leader’s job is to role model courageous behaviors while activating the courageous behavior among those they lead.” Says Bill Treasurer, founder of Giant Leap Consulting, a "courage building” company.

Treasurer is also author of "Courage Goes to Work” and a new training program in courageous leadership. He says that businesses stagnate when people are too comfortable with their routines but also too afraid to try anything different. When people equate ‘just enough’ with ‘good enough’ and become satisfied meeting minimum standards of performance, productivity suffers.

Check out his ideas at http://www.couragebuilding.com/cLeadershipProgram.htm

  • Can You Lead with Pictures . . .

The military started this one and engineers, scientists and most type A professionals have followed suit with enthusiasm. If you want to convey a complex idea, effectively and sustainably, use visual thinking.

Visual thinking uses pictures and images to evoke ideas, thoughts and feelings and to encourage powerful conversations as well as deeper introspection. Two engineers (by training) have developed a great tool for facilitating complex issues within groups. Visual Explorer is a packet of 216 diverse and interesting images and a guide on how to use them for dialogue and effective leadership.  You can explore this at

  • Leading Change . . .  

One of my clients has enjoyed significant success with a Shulich Business School program on implementing sustainable change. Using a simple 4-box model and a change simulation process the seminar allows leadership groups to construct change strategies that actually work as intended.

Take a look at the promotional brochure. Perhaps it’s time to investigate a proven and practical strategy before going ‘down the road’ one more time?

  • Quotable Quotes . . .

"The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them." -- George Bernard Shaw

"The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called 'truth.'" -- Dan Rather

"The brain is like a muscle. When it is in use we feel very good. Understanding is joyous."
-- Carl Sagan