Culture Change: Go Ugly Early – Go Ugly Fast

Culture Change: Go Ugly Early – Go Ugly Fast

I was the Chairman at a three-day conference on Operational Excellence and Business Transformation recently and was really impressed by the number of people in attendance and the caliber of the speakers. Some of the speakers discussed technology, and their vision of the future.  But most of the speakers focused on softer skills; leadership, innovation,…

Bias busters: When good intentions get derailed

Bias busters: When good intentions get derailed

Motivated reasoning can lead people to believe everything’s fine despite evidence to the contrary. Here’s how to counter emotions with facts. Despite their best intentions, executives fall prey to cognitive and organizational biases that get in the way of good decision making. In this series, we highlight some of them and offer a few effective ways…

Every Leader Needs to Navigate These 7 Tensions

Every Leader Needs to Navigate These 7 Tensions

Summary: In decades past, executives were usually taught to practice command-and-control leadership. Today they’re often advised to be more nimble, more adaptive, and less controlling. The truth is that most executives need to be able to move back and forth between those two leadership styles. This article looks at seven tensions that executives need to…

State of Readiness | Mark McGrath; Founder of Chaos and Oceans, Ltd

State of Readiness | Mark McGrath; Founder of Chaos and Oceans, Ltd

Give a listen… Hello and welcome to another edition of State of Readiness with your host, Joseph Paris. Today I am happy to have Mark McGrath, Founder of Chaos and Oceans Ltd, a consultancy specializing in helping individuals and teams thrive in Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) environments. He does this by sharing his cross-functional…

State of Readiness | Billy Ray Taylor; Author of “The Winning Link”

State of Readiness | Billy Ray Taylor; Author of “The Winning Link”

Give a listen… Hello and welcome to another edition of State of Readiness with your host, Joseph Paris. Today I am happy to have Billy Ray Taylor, CEO of LinkedXL and author of “The Winning Link“ on my podcast. Billy previously worked at Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company for 30 years; starting off on the…