In a bold culture, courageous leaders have a soft spot…

…to take risks for each other - not overpower each other Leaders with a healthy EnQ look past zero-sums disputes over budget allocations, egos, power and hegemony - and get factions to find the optimal win/win/win solutions, not political compromises and the easy but flawed solutions. It may seem strange to include trust, altruism and a “giver” (rather than “taker”) [...]

By |2019-02-17T10:13:00-04:00February 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Free your team from risk-averse traps + cross the bridge to entrepreneurial thinking – with serious fun + Courage.

Risk-averse traps are hard-wired into human nature according to research by Israeli Nobel Prize behavioral economists and North American business psychologists. Most of us prefer to see the world through our own lenses, fulfill our self-interests and ignore diverse colleagues who rub us the wrong way. Most of us seek harmony and approval rather than being the nail who sticks [...]

By |2018-11-19T10:27:35-04:00November 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|

What to look for in a coach: 10 keys to a successful courage-building partnership

It's time to look for a coach when success is more elusive than you hoped, when stress and frustration are sapping your energy and making you more prickly than you know you should be, or when the supporters you need to mobilize are getting stuck in risk-averse traps and aren't stepping up with the urgency, initiative and inventive thinking you [...]

By |2018-09-11T15:14:36-04:00September 11th, 2018|Uncategorized|

How do you PowerUP inventive teamwork for serious profit? Make it FUN!

In teams with initiative, creativity, and inventive thinking, things look a little chaotic. And a bit heated, as key issues get wrestled down and people challenge each other's best thinking. Sharp direct questions jab - as teammates with diverse perspectives offer their best critical thinking to sharpen up team decisions and critique actions while there's still room to pivot. The [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:27:04-04:00July 2nd, 2018|Uncategorized|

McDonald’s workers need Courage to cope with Complexity + Volatility. Unintended consequence of Innovation Leadership

The Financial Times reports that workers are resigning from McDonald's - because new menus, new choices and frequent changes require too much thinking and learning, and creates too much stress for employees. In the "good old days," menu choices were limited. Buttons told McDonald's workers exactly what to do. It was the ultimate non-VUCA work environment, tailored for entry workers [...]

By |2018-04-01T09:42:37-04:00April 1st, 2018|Uncategorized|

How smart money will test your courage – and help you retain your edge

Too bad for gravid.ca - whose troubles were featured in the Financial Post. Even with a hot product and an huge unmet market need, they’re not a great investment. By the time they get their supply chain problems sorted out, competitors will meet the need they’ve discovered and will cash in on all they’ve done to educate customers. They'll lose their [...]

By |2017-12-23T22:02:12-04:00December 23rd, 2017|Uncategorized|

How do you build Courage in a Risk-Averse Culture?

We're a risk-averse culture. We may want want to change that, to promote innovation, but we need to do it in a risk-averse safe way. How can you help us with that?" That's what we heard from a Talent Management Director a few weeks ago - in a large American company that's been under fire, that replaced its CEO and [...]

By |2017-09-22T17:17:32-04:00September 2nd, 2017|Uncategorized|

Do you have the Courage to get rubbed the wrong way?

The NY Times reported on “Jerks and the Startups they ruin.” Jerks often are oblivious to the seeds of damage they are sowing, creating a fraternity of "bro-culture" adherents, who see things the same way and egg each other on - rubbing each other the right way. Charging-buffalo innovation leaders seem invincible. They don't suffer fools gladly. They set a [...]

By |2017-07-17T17:15:00-04:00April 9th, 2017|Uncategorized|


Case study #1 for LDP participants: You be the coach-orig Dear LDP colleague: This private post is for VWR LDP participants, sponsors, HRBPs, faculty and alumni. We will use it for online discussions - and as a forum for you to share leadership ideas. This blog will give you the first opportunity to share your leadership thinking and your ideas with the LDP community. In this post, [...]

By |2017-04-22T12:08:06-04:00June 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

PowerUP Brilliance™ Better faster leaner

Lean thinking to streamline work that does not add value - and find opportunities for revenue generation One of Merom's first consulting assignments, years before he ventured out and founded his own firm, was with a famous potato chip manufacturer in Central Pennsylvania.  Ask any Baby Boomer who grew up within a 4-hour radius of their factory and they’ll remember [...]

By |2017-07-19T15:43:16-04:00December 19th, 2013|Case Study, Company Culture, Uncategorized|
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