• The Dynamics of Creative Flow (Part 2)

    Innovation

    Creative flow happens when people aren’t feeling afraid – afraid of losing their jobs, scared of losing status, scared of being left out, afraid of being punished. The dynamics of fear can be asphyxiating to an organization. Who is responsible for eliminating fear? If you’re a leader or a manager, then it’s you, of course. […]

    The Dynamics of Creative Flow (Part 1)

    Innovation

    Whether driving a tractor or making investment decisions, people like doing what they can do well. When I was 21, I was selected to be part of a team of fire fighters called “hot shots.” We were a rapid response team, flown in by helicopter to fight forest fires in California. We trained hard. The […]

    Self-Confidence: Is It Important to Being a Successful Leader?

    Innovation

    In my coaching practice, leaders often ask me how assertive they should be. “Do I just tell people what I think,” is a typical comment. “What if I’m not certain about our direction?” Or, to give another example, “How certain do I need to be before making a decision that affects a lot of people?” […]