Winning Strategies for Innovators Facing Resistance

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What’s your luck in getting innovation through an organization? If you are like the rest of us, the roadblocks and conflicts come fast and furious. Nothing can be as animating for people as an idea they hate. There are a lot of reasons for this. Some are valid, some so-so, others outright ludicrous. But it is the way it is. … Read More

Getting Internal Communications Right

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It’s one of those skills everyone says is important, but few ever invest time or money to get better. Communication. So, rather than fight how the world actually operates, we will just give you some very quick tips on how you can improve your communication efforts with audiences internal to work. One-And-Done Doesn’t Work There is a persistent attitude that … Read More

How Managers can Mentor Pathfinders

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What’s the best way to mentor people? When we say mentor, we mean someone who provides guidance, advice, and support to someone who is usually younger than us. Mentoring comes naturally to some; the rest of us have to work at it. While there are several excellent books on the subject, none have addressed the best way to mentor a … Read More

Developing a Holistic Perspective: Seeing the Broader Picture in Systems

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One of the strengths of a Pathfinder is applying systems thinking—the ability to see the interconnected nature of systems. This is helpful regardless of business, technology, environmental conservation, or personal development; understanding the nuances and interplay between different parts of a system can lead to more effective and sustainable solutions. Here are some thoughts on how you can strengthen your … Read More

Harnessing a Pathfinder’s Innate Creative Drive for Workplace Success

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Pathfinders are driven by an innate need to create or construct. At work, this has its positives and downsides. While work offers a platform to channel creativity, it often comes bundled with external motivators like compensation or recognition that can cloud intrinsic passion. If you’re one such individual, brimming with a deep-seated creative urge—which is a key characteristic of Pathfinders, … Read More

Questioning the Status Quo

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As much as the business world talks about innovation and breakthrough thinking, we have all seen the tremendous pressure to go along to get along. While organizations say they want disruptors, they only seem to want them on some sort of schedule —which isn’t how that works. The challenge—we all know that getting comfortable in business is the first step … Read More

Empowering Teams for Success: How Managers Can Foster Consistency and Reliability

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Leaders think this is something that they shouldn’t have to do. People “should be” consistent in their delivery with quality and timeliness. Welcome to the real world. Underperforming teams often get assigned new leaders to turn them around. So, what’s a leader to do? Often, their role isn’t just about tracking outputs, but more crucially, it’s about fostering an environment … Read More

Becoming a Beacon of Reliability: How to Improve Consistency, Set Boundaries, and Keep Your Word in Business

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Are you consistent in what you deliver when you say you are going to deliver it? Of course! Except when we are not. As a strategy to manage workloads, we often learn which colleagues, supervisors, or clients we can slide deadlines without any repercussions. So, our consistency can be fluid depending on who we are dealing with, which isn’t really … Read More

Helping Your Team Develop Practical Humility

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Successful teams are often characterized by a wide range of skills and talents. While these diverse skill sets can be a tremendous asset, they can also lead to ego clashes and a lack of humility within a team. Many of us have battle scars and stories about dealing with these types of teams. Humility, however, is a crucial trait that … Read More

Practical Humility in Business: An Individual Guide

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People on social media who have small to no filters gain massive followings. Politicians who scorch all norms win office. We hail famous jerks in business. In today’s attention-is-considered-an-asset world, humility can seem as quaint and outdated as an IBM Selectric typewriter. But our research has found that practical humility is an incredibly powerful tool for personal and professional growth. … Read More