Leadership Message: Renting Success – One Day at a Time

“Success isn’t owned, it’s leased and rent is due every day” – JJ Watt, Defensive Lineman for the Houston Texans

Well, 2014 is behind us, and the results of yesterday are just that. Now we stand at the beginning of 2015 with new expectations to meet and new challenges to face.  That’s why I chose this month’s quote from JJ Watt, the NFL’s defensive player of the year for the last two years

“Success isn’t owned, it’s leased and rent is due every day”. 

Like many of you, I enjoy watching a good football game. Yes, it’s great to cheer for your favorite team, and hometown support is an important element in winning.  But it’s leadership, teamwork, determination, hard work, practice, and execution that truly tips the sales.  All of these are required for you to have a chance of winning – and they are required every time.  Continue reading

Unlocking Innovation through Change and Transparency

As recently published in Staffing Stream at: http://www.thestaffingstream.com/2014/12/29/unlocking-innovation-through-change-and-transparency/

When it comes to the labor market, it seems the tide is starting to turn. After years of conservative hiring plans, many leaders are once again looking to increase their headcount to meet rising demand. This is a critical moment for organizations, as we are more aware than ever that the success of an organization relies on the talent within it.

As Dr. Klaus Schwab, founder of The World Economic Forum, explains:

“Capital is being superseded by creativity and the ability to innovate – and therefore by human talents – as the most important factors of production. Just as capital replaced manual trades during the process of industrialization, capital is now giving way to human talent. Talentism is the new capitalism.”

One of the key reasons organizations are competing to hire top talent is to drive innovation. And not just the more traditional view of innovation as a driver for new product development. But innovation as a differentiator – both strategic and practical. Yes, strategic innovation is necessary to help companies evolve their offerings to maintain a market edge. Continue reading