What makes a good manager?

A project at Google spent time researching what defines a great manager at Google, and through that identified the top 10 traits to grow. As listed they are: Is a good coach Empowers team and does not micromanage Creates an inclusive team environment, showing concern for success and well-being Is Continue reading What makes a good manager?

Personal Branding – Presentation and Links

I am a believer in personal branding and the value it provides. If you don’t manage the perception of yourself and your value in the industry, it is managed for you, and not always in a flattering manner. Personal branding is about owning that perception and shaping it to reflect Continue reading Personal Branding – Presentation and Links

Imposter Syndrome – Channeling the noise for growth

An article in Harvard Business Review titled “Mentoring Someone with Imposter Syndrome” resonated with me. The article covers the topic well and offers the following main points for guidance in mentoring: Empirically challenge negative self-talk Affirm, affirm, and affirm some more Deliberately counteract stereotype threat Share your own imposter stories Continue reading Imposter Syndrome – Channeling the noise for growth

TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

Tom Wujec has a TED talk on creative problem solving using a technique he calls “drawing toast”. The idea is not new, but the packaging and approach is solid and builds on innovation thinking. I posted a video from another TED talk about empowering the team, and ensuring all voices Continue reading TED: Draw Toast! (Creative Problem Solving)

Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work

I got this book while working at Pfizer, and helping lead an innovation transformation in the consumer health division. We were looking to reboot out approach to product development and creativity in general, and as a part of that we invested in a great set of programs that I still Continue reading Books to read: Sticky Wisdom: How to Start a Creative Revolution at Work

Books to read: The Innovator’s Dilemma

I first read this book many years ago and it has served as a good reference over the years, standing the test of time as a foundational work. First published in 1997 by Clayton Christensen and reprinted multiple times since, it details the business innovation cycles and the traps that Continue reading Books to read: The Innovator’s Dilemma

Adapt to survive, or adapt to win…

There are more articles, papers and consultants than I can count on the topic of transformation in business. Many of them focus on the idea of transformation, and now especially “digital transformation” as a means of survival. I suggest an alternative, but complimentary idea. Don’t think of transformation as a Continue reading Adapt to survive, or adapt to win…

Digital Transformation… by any other name? Learning from other industries

I was reading an article at CIO Dive about the CIO at cosmetics conglomerate Estée Lauder Companies Inc. and it resonated with a transformation we are undertaking in the pharmaceutical industry. The thing I love about these types of situations is the broad applicability of good thinking, but also the Continue reading Digital Transformation… by any other name? Learning from other industries

Don’t die of Innovation Indigestion!

I recently read an article from Mckinsey, by Dr. Waguih Ishak, the division vice president and chief technologist at Corning Research & Development Corporation. You can find the full article here:  https://www.mckinsey.com/business-functions/strategy-and-corporate-finance/our-insights/creating-an-innovation-culture but I am referencing a portion of this piece. I encourage you to follow the link and read Continue reading Don’t die of Innovation Indigestion!