Should leaders focus on strategy or culture to grow their business?

Wendy Ferris Leadership, Strategy

Scrolling through LinkedIn this week, I found the great quote from Peter Drucker:  “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  As I continued scrolling, it was interesting to read the passionate ‘anti-strategy’ comments that followed.  It appeared that this was an either/or debate, and I felt compelled to weigh in. I agree with Drucker: an organization can have a great plan, but …

The times they are a-changin’

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

There is one constant in this world: change. It’s echoed in the conversations I have with leaders on a daily basis – the speed of change is getting faster and faster. It may take different forms (technological, social, global economic, disruptive business models, the nature of the work), but in any form, disrupts the business world as we know it. …

Are you a roadblock to innovation? Three signs and what you can do to change

Jody Milburn Innovation, Leadership

There are many organizations that excel at innovation (I bet you could name five without pausing). Their success is usually the result of methodical, purposeful focus to drive innovation and an innovation mindset throughout the organization. There are others companies that struggle to innovate (I’m sure you can quickly name a few of those too). The reasons vary and could …

Leaders: It’s time for an innovation and growth pit stop

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to set the stage for the next year of growth in your company. If you’re like me, brief time away can provide renewed focus, energy and excitement for all the possibilities that await. Think of a race car driver: during a race, the driver makes a pit stop. It’s a momentary break to …

Learning vs failing: Five tips to encourage your employees

Rhonda Honke Innovation, Leadership

When I was younger, experiments were saved for science class. We’d formulate some sort of hypothesis, mix a concoction in a beaker, heat it up and watch it overflow like lava. We’d document what we did, the results we achieved, and make a call as to whether or not we proved out our hypothesis. Sometimes we were right and sometimes …

Radically Canadian

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

Having grown up on the east coast of Canada, I’m a proud Maritimer. While it’s been years since I’ve lived in the Maritimes I still associate myself with all that the Maritimes offer. From the magnificent ocean views, the best sailing in the world, the rugged landscape on the cliffs over the Atlantic, and that down-home hospitality, in my heart …

No more lazy days of summer

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

I’m all for some good R&R and downtime in the summer to recharge the batteries. It’s necessary. But when the world around us is changing so quickly, thinking of summer as a “slower” time doesn’t cut it. There are no lazy days of summer for our customers, suppliers and competitors. Summer can be the best time to set the pace …

Transform yourself to transform your organization

Jody Milburn Leadership

All organizations need to transform in order to grow. When we reach the top of the business curve and business is good, we’re tempted to settle in for the long haul after the hard climb up. We want to get comfortable and we feel confident as we pat ourselves on the back for making it: “Let’s keep doing what we’re …