Visionary Leadership

Managing using the ‘5 Whys’

March 11, 2022
One of the most enduring approaches to problem-solving at work is the 5 Whys. Toyota founder Sakichi Toyoda developed this tool in the 1930s. The method starts with a problem, which is then deconstructed in a series of “why” questions—usually at least five.

Get face to face with a customer base

March 9, 2022
More and more pioneering companies are holding customer meetings, both at their own facilities and at customers’ work sites. Follow these steps when setting up customer meetings.

Understand what makes consumers tick

January 12, 2022
Author Tara Nicholle-Nelson says that the question “What should we do on social media?” is starting the wrong conversation. She recalls a breakthrough marketing moment.

There’s inspiration in futility!

December 23, 2021
Author Hugh McLeod has some wisdom to share with employees who might be deterred by supposedly futile business endeavors.

Indulge the futurist in you

December 8, 2021
Ari Wallach, founder and CEO of Synthesis Corp and self-declared futurist, believes that what he calls short-termism—the inability to look much beyond our present moment—is killing us.

Were they leadership fads… or real wisdom?

December 8, 2021
It’s easy to look back on certain business buzzwords and mock them from a distance of years. But just because a trend is no longer embraced doesn’t mean it didn’t have real worth, and perhaps still does today.

How to write an effective business proposal

September 8, 2021
You believe your product or service can solve a potential client’s problem, so it’s time to write an official business proposal. Here’s how.

The big business of being useful

July 14, 2021
From a young age, Jesse Genet was full of ideas and grew frustrated at what she saw as a disconnect between what she could imagine and what she knew how to build. But she had a natural interest in “extreme learning”—putting oneself in a position to learn as a means to an end, and necessary to move on to the next thing.

Strategic thinking: Get in the mindset

May 12, 2021
Leaders set strategies for their teams and organizations, but strategic thinking takes time, energy, and inspiration. To do it efficiently, try these techniques.

7 steps to a great strategic plan

February 10, 2021
A strategic plan sets the direction of an organization or team. It doesn’t have to be lengthy or complex, but the best ones usually include these specific elements.