How To Develop The Right Mindset To Become A Growth Leader

The growth mindset is gaining traction in the business world as companies employ the growth mindset to help transform their performance and cultures. The reality for organizations today is that simply managing the organization is no longer sustainable. Without this continuous growth focus and mindset, companies will rapidly see their competitiveness and relevance quickly wain, which ultimately puts the future of the organization in jeopardy.

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Leadership, GrowthLisa Ower
What Does It Take To Be An Agile Leader?

Agile leaders are more than just change agents, they have the awareness to recognize the opportunity and need for change, and the confidence and self-belief to step forward and lead the process. In doing so, they promote the vision, build stakeholder engagement and support, and mobilize the organization in moving forward. 

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How Agile Leaders Address Uncertainty

Why does uncertainty paralyze some organizations while others find ways to navigate uncertainty and continue to move forward? What sets the latter apart is their ability to fill in the voids with calculated assumptions, being open and transparent about the unknown, and being prepared to rapidly adjust should these assumptions not prove correct. 

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Three Things Every Company In Any Industry Should Borrow From Silicon Valley

The words "Silicon Valley" are no longer reserved for describing a region in California known for its techy people and awesome office perks; it is now a term synonymous with innovation and business success. In fact, it expands past the physical Silicon Valley to other places in the world like New York, Seattle, London, Berlin and Dublin — all places with that “Silicon Valley-ness” that makes some of them not only special, but enduringly successful. While no company — Silicon Valley-based or not — is perfect, there are three things that traditional companies can learn and adopt from these industry players and incorporate for their own organizational success.

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Lisa Ower
Five Ways Leaders Can Become Awesome Communicators

One of the traits the majority of successful leaders share is the ability to communicate effectively — a skill most companies value as a non-negotiable leadership requirement. Why then, do so many leaders struggle with it? Communicating successfully in companies can be a tricky thing. Very few people have the natural gift of communicating successfully and most have to work at it. It takes consistency, practice and self-reflection. If you are one of the many leaders who would like to improve their communication, here are five things successful leaders practice to help them hone, craft and become awesome communicators.

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LeadershipLisa Ower
From Average To Agile: How Companies Can Thrive In A Dynamic And Volatile World

The rapid pace of change and volatility is the new norm in today’s business environment. For companies that can react and adapt quickly, it presents opportunities and a competitive advantage in the market.

As companies grow and mature, however, agility, speed, innovation and their ability to adapt have a natural tendency to diminish. The companies that will do best are those that place an active focus on developing and maintaining their agility.

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AgilityLisa Ower
Four Things To Consider Before Killing Your Company's Performance Reviews

As with most disruptive ideas, dropping company performance reviews is getting a lot of attention and traction in the workplace. It's not a new idea; companies like Adobe and Microsoft parted ways with these ratings years ago. But with the recent announcement of GE as the latest major corporation to follow suit, it’s becoming more and more of a discussion at management and board tables across North America.

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Lisa Ower