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When Executives Blink

When Executives Blink

  My colleague Gregg LeStage, Executive Vice President for Kotter International, where he is responsible for global business development makes a great point about the little things that leaders can do to allow for big change to stay on track. Enjoy the Read.  ~Tom.   Picture this: You’re an executive responsible for setting your company’s strategic direction. It’s mid-year, and your organization has spent six months focused on a strategy that requires large-scale change. You might even call it a transformation.

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'Dangerous' Ideas Are The Key To Innovation

‘Dangerous’ Ideas Are The Key To Innovation

You must be willing to look at things from a different perspective in order to find new ideas for approaching challenges and moving things forward in an organization. As a change leadership speaker, it’s my goal to help people do just this. My colleague, PJ Chan from Kotter International has written a great blog post that shows you how you can foster the creation of new ideas within your team. (This content was previously published by Kotter International Engagement on

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Jedi Leadership Lessons

Jedi Leadership Lessons

Sometimes it’s best to let people learn on their own rather than handing them the answers on a plate. Of course, in crisis moments this may not be feasible. However, when the opportunity presents itself to allow members of your company to go through the problem solving process, you’ve now given them the ability to affect change on their own! This post by Kotter International Engagement Leader, Ken Perlman, reminds us how valuable it can be for management to step

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Creating Your Company Vision

Creating Your Company Vision

One of the things I often come across as a business keynote speaker is the fact that many companies are missing a clear direction for their organization. I see it all too often. It’s a simple fact that you can’t steer a ship if you don’t know where it needs to go! This post by Kotter International Engagement Leader, and colleague, Shaun Spearmon, gives you some great tips on clearly identifying your company’s vision – the first step to change

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Leadership Lessons From LEGO

Leadership Lessons From LEGO

As a Leadership Keynote Speaker, I’m always on the look out to find fun and simple ways to effectively communicate lessons on change leadership. This great post from my friend and colleague, Ken Perlman of Kotter International uses Legos to offer some invaluable leadership tips! (This content was previously published by Kotter International Engagement Leader, Ken Perlman on Forbes.com.) Leadership Lessons From LEGO Kotter International’s Ken Perlman is a devoted father of two girls. He feels that many of the lessons learned in fatherhood apply, on a certain level, to

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Leadership Keynote Speaker

Leadership Keynote Speaker

As a leadership keynote speaker, when I speak, I aim for the heart. Because it is there that every single one of us truly wants to live life to the fullest. In our hearts, we all want to deliver our best for our coworkers, ourselves, our customers. Our best efforts emerge when our “heart is in it.”  An effective message inspires the heart when it is focused, direct and jargon-free. When successfully delivered, real power is unleashed. People find new-found

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Character is Power

Character is Power

Proverbs 22:1 says, “A good name is to be esteemed more than gold or silver.”  How true. The fundamental truth is—good people do win! Good companies do win. Doing right is good business. No longer will the win/lose mentality championed by the corporate culture of the last decade be tolerated. Customers are tired of the “me first” attitude. Successful organizations and people understand this fundamental principle and take the time to develop value sets and core beliefs by which to

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Your job? Helping people win

Your job? Helping people win

There is a false assumption that power, authority and title make the difference in leadership.  They do not.  The people who make the difference are not the ones with the credentials, but the ones who understand that their job is to ultimately help people win.  The truth is, you don’t win and keep clients on product or price as much as you do during, “moments of truth.”  What are “moments of truth?”  It is that moment where you have an

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What is "Real" Leadership?

What is “Real” Leadership?

For too long we have been socialized and traditionalized to believe leadership is a title, a corner office, a degree or power.  It is none of these things.  Real leadership has a “softer” side to it.  I do not mean “weak.”  I am talking about courageous, visionary and authentic.  Authentic leaders are those that know how to “be real”—the ability to be honest and transparent with themselves and those they come in contact with.  Real leadership is the ability to

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Leadership is the Name of the Game

Leadership is the Name of the Game

Leadership really is the name of the game.  The impetus in corporate America should be focused 70% towards leadership and 30% towards management.  I am not stating leadership is good and management is bad.  I am not saying that leadership is better than management.  I am saying in organizations today, leadership needs to be taught, emphasized and focused upon to a higher degree.  The educational systems in America and Europe are predominantly geared towards management, leaving people with what I

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