Great leaders not only have this talent, but watch closely and you’ll see them use it in every area of their lives.
After more than two decades of working alongside some of the world’s best innovators—people at companies large and small who have not only reshaped their organizations but their industries—I got to thinking about what they have in common. So with a respectful nod to Stan Lee, I submit a short list of superhero powers every innovator should have.
So it’s in the spirit of contributing wisdom that I share three mistakes that I’ve made and unfortunately see other leaders making every day.
I’ve heard it said that the most brilliant business ideas are often the simplest. From my experience, it’s true. Use this formula the next time you feel stuck—whether you are trying to change your industry, your company or your personal life—and I promise you it will work.
Recently, our President used some unfortunate language to point out that entrepreneurs rely heavily on government-provided support to be successful. So here is a top-of-mind list of seven things my fellow entrepreneurs and I didn’t build.
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So, who is the yin for your yang? If you can’t immediately answer this question, you have just found an amazing opportunity to become a better leader.
Do you feel comfortable challenging convention? Are you a (Ring)leader who encourages and focuses on dreaming, or do you think it is your job to save the company from the crazy Idea Monkeys? Your answer will determine whether your company leads or follows.
Three Simple Lists to Help Harness Idea Monkeys
It turns out 80 percent of everything we do in business creates a sucking sound. More specifically, our current businesses are being sucked of time, energy, resources and profits 80 percent of the time.