DEBATE: Should Men Censor Their Language In the Presence of Women?

If there were ever two polar opposites, my husband James and I are such.  We debate… until he stops.  LOL! And not always do we come to a conclusion.  So I send it to you, my readers, to chime in. Tonight’s debate – Ear Censoring – Should men censor language in the presence of women? […]

By | 2015-12-14T19:30:51+00:00 December 11th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership, Mojo Blog|2 Comments

CRITICAL TENSION: On Which Side of the Divide Would You Thrive?

Imagine for a moment that you were cutting your organization straight down the middle. You’d have operations and innovation.  They guys that keep the lights on everyday versus the dudes that get new and sexy stuff into the market. […]

By | 2015-12-01T19:21:05+00:00 November 30th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership, Mojo Blog|Comments Off on CRITICAL TENSION: On Which Side of the Divide Would You Thrive?

The Secret to Purging Lazy Employees and Keeping Great Ones

No matter how you cut it, there are just some people you want to banish from your team.  You know the “come in at 9:05 , leave at 4:55, that’s not my job, and I’m just biding my time” type. […]

By | 2015-11-18T08:51:18+00:00 November 18th, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on The Secret to Purging Lazy Employees and Keeping Great Ones

Great Leaders Don’t Have Followers; They have this.

Leaders are usually defined as people who have a massive line of lemmings attempting to mimic their actions. But great leaders don't have followers. They have something way more powerful. I learned that on a particularly difficult project. I was asked to lead a project that was already $16M in the hole and 3.5 years [...]

By | 2015-09-17T13:24:31+00:00 November 2nd, 2015|Blog, Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on Great Leaders Don’t Have Followers; They have this.

Trumps 3-Part Winning Secret Formula! What you can learn from it.

STOP!  Before you keep going know this: I think DT is a bit of a jackass.  He is disrespectful and condescending; especially to women.  I would personally love to take 5 minutes and beat the shit out of him with a stiletto.  This is not a political commentary.  This is really what people can learn [...]

By | 2016-01-11T09:37:14+00:00 October 23rd, 2015|Blog, Innovation|1 Comment

Best-Practices: The Two Most Expensive Words In Business

Best-Practices, by definition, are accepted as the most efficient business procedures.   When people open a store they will look up the "best-practices for running a store" and implement them.  While this is a great starting point it is not a good stopping point. The reason?  Best-practices are outdated the moment they are implemented.   The dumbest best-practice [...]

By | 2015-09-04T11:06:18+00:00 October 16th, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on Best-Practices: The Two Most Expensive Words In Business

Innovate or Die! What every company should learn from UBER

I was standing in front of the New Orleans convention center after an amazing speech.  There were thousands of people leaving the SAGE 2015 Summit and a convoy of taxis were lined up to greet them.  To say that it was hot and humid as hell itself would be a gross underestimation of the outdoor conditions. [...]

By | 2015-09-04T11:01:54+00:00 September 29th, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on Innovate or Die! What every company should learn from UBER

How to Lead an AGE-OLD BEST PRACTICE into the New Millennium

Your current process works. It’s seamless.  It’s a best practice. And it’s as stale as those two-day-old donuts sitting on the conference room table. When the same-old same-old doesn’t have the flavor you’re looking for it’s time to flip the script and try something different. The easiest way to freshen up those old processes is [...]

By | 2015-09-04T10:59:39+00:00 September 22nd, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on How to Lead an AGE-OLD BEST PRACTICE into the New Millennium

What innovation REALLY is.

When it comes to innovation, Seth Godin talks about collecting dots. Richard Branson touts connecting dots. And Steve Jobs said “Let the dots fall where they may”. If you take a look a the top innovative thinkers of our time you might think that the point of innovation is just pointillism or maybe even a [...]

By | 2015-09-04T10:57:53+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on What innovation REALLY is.

RETURN on INNOVATION: How to Pick the Best Idea 4 Steps

My friend Kevin hired me last year to "get the ideas". "They are in my team's head but they are not sharing them. I want you to coax them out", he said. I leveraged my power of persuasion from the stage and within 10 minutes we had captured over 100 market-cornering ideas that would change [...]

By | 2015-09-04T10:31:38+00:00 September 8th, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on RETURN on INNOVATION: How to Pick the Best Idea 4 Steps

Stop Innovating! We’re losing jobs!

"Change is slowing us down", said Amanda from the third row of my 2000 person keynote.  "It's working!  Why do we have to fix something that ain't  broke! Stop innovating." Her words echoed a sentiment that I hear in the hallways of corporate America as a new project is about to breech an age-old process. [...]

By | 2017-09-21T12:00:17+00:00 September 3rd, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on Stop Innovating! We’re losing jobs!

MURDER BOARDS – Turn Radical Ideas into Big Profits

It was my first week on the job and my boss asked me what I would change from processes to people to technology. There was no way I was going to tell him what I really thought during my first week and be labeled as the team "know it all". But, companies are desperate to [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:05:03+00:00 May 22nd, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on MURDER BOARDS – Turn Radical Ideas into Big Profits

Talk to People Who Aren’t There. Pick CRAZY IDEAS that lead to PROFITS

Great ideas usually fall from the lips of someone who sounds like they need a padded room, three signatures, and lots of lithium.... lots. Great ideas never sound sane like this: I would like to speak into this device and have someone on the other end hear me. Then I would like them to be [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:05:13+00:00 May 15th, 2015|Blog, Innovation|Comments Off on Talk to People Who Aren’t There. Pick CRAZY IDEAS that lead to PROFITS

BEST ADVICE: Be What You’re NOT Supposed To Be

You are told what you are "supposed to be" from time you are born. Statistics determine your optimal height, weight, date of birth, and even the decibels of your first hello to the world. If you're late they come get you. If you're too small they fatten you up. Basically if you don't fall in [...]

By | 2015-09-03T12:10:25+00:00 February 26th, 2015|Innovation, Leadership|Comments Off on BEST ADVICE: Be What You’re NOT Supposed To Be