Chief Innovation Officer Tools: Developing a Socially Balanced Strategy

The identification of chief innovation officer roles in both the public and private sector is becoming commonplace. Governments and private organizations alike are creating new position descriptions with corresponding innovation-oriented priorities to be balanced and strategies to be fulfilled. Often, when the terms "balance" and "strategy" are … [Read more...]

World War G: How to Cure Zombie Government Executives

A recent article on, entitled World War E: How to Cure a Zombie Entrepreneur, discussed the dangers posed by an increasing number of zombie entrepreneurs at the helm in the private sector. The article described the criteria for diagnosis as a zombie to include: the lack of a clear picture, entrepreneur Attention Deficit Disorder, lack of … [Read more...]

Musselwhite and Ingram’s Change Style Indicator

Why are some individuals more receptive to change than others? Why do some team members leave a meeting about a company-wide change excited about what’s new, while others shake their heads and instantly list all the reasons it’s a bad idea? More importantly, what can you, as a leader, do to improve the perceptions and subsequently, the outcomes of … [Read more...]

Three Ways to Harness the Power of Emotion in Communication

As a presenter, we have all experienced it; the blank stare and the glazed-over look of apathy. We have seen complacency in the faces of the audience and felt it as the mood wafted its way to the podium. Audience engagement isn’t only about the strategic placement and organization of our content, or the quality of our … [Read more...]

Innovation: Rethink “Best Practices”

Has the term “best practice,” become industry jargon for a common implementation, technique, principle, or simple way of doing business that becomes widely adopted in organizations? If so, then "best practice" is a complete misnomer. There are a growing number of voices in leading organizations who believe that this is the case. In a world in which … [Read more...]

Team Work Lessons from Elementary School

There are many things about elementary school that most of us are glad we got to leave behind in the sixth bus rides, lukewarm milk, playground bullies, and silent lunches, to name a few. (Or was that last one just my school?) But all that aside, there are many valuable lessons from elementary school that can help you navigate the … [Read more...]

Regression Analysis – What It is and How It is Used

Have you ever wondered whether the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has too many auditors, whether tax rates are too high for anticipated spending levels, how much money taxing marijuana would generate, or whether a governmental entity could close certain operations to improve its bottom line? These examples, and thousands of others, represent a few … [Read more...]

GAO Promotes Reform in Human Capital Management – Part I

Reform is needed in human capital management, according to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). As we’ve entered the 21st century, this need has increased, and is compounded by long-term fiscal management issues and ever-changing threats to national security. Why Reform Now? The GAO says that in order to address the complex … [Read more...]

The Federal Aviation Administration: Taking Steps Toward Excellence

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is taking action toward innovation with the establishment of Centers of Excellence (COE) that will ensure safer air travel and improved services for travelers. The FAA Center of Excellence Partnership to Enhance General Aviation Safety, Accessibility and Sustainability (PEGASAS) is one of nine such … [Read more...]

Tips for Designing Effective Meetings

Your employees and colleagues are usually just as busy as you are, so when you call a meeting, it is your responsibility to make it efficient so you can all accomplish what you need to do in the meeting and be able to get back to your other tasks. One of the best ways to do this is by designing your meeting intentionally, ideally spending more time … [Read more...]