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Proven Practices Restrict…

November 23, 2010
Leadership Advisory

….creativity and innovation if you’re close-minded.

Employing proven solutions to problems and planning work great, most of the time.  Just don’t become too dependent on them.  The best leaders, even those who are pragmatic, are very astute at strategically getting out of their comfort zones.

To avoid over-reliance on past practices, actively seek out and consider the ideas, insights and far-out ideas of those idealist’s who annoy you.  There could be a breakthrough concept to be discovered.

Being In Control…

...demands self-control The meeting ran late, the taxi took twice the time estimated to arrive leaving 15 minutes to clear security and board my flight.  To my good fortune, there is no line and the security agent is waiting.  This was going to work and hope of making...

Desperation Diminishes

"Desperation is like stealing from the Mafia: you stand a good chance of attracting the wrong attention." Douglas Horton Many capable professionals disqualify themselves from positions of leadership because they appear desperate.  One of my mentors explained that...

Realistic or just stuck?

Pragmatism is basically considered a virtue in the world of accounting, finance and consulting. But there is a risk of being too realistic and over-relying on how you've always done things. My son, who works for a financial firm, shared his recent experience.  A group...