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New perspectives on leadership and organizational culture from the Kinetic Insights PathFinders.

Successful Skill Secrets…Scream TOP EXECUTIVE!

By | February 13th, 2018|

The evolution of our best executive self is an ongoing, never-ending quest. As executives we evolve with each new position, new responsibilities within a current position, or with new circumstance in our lives. If you are a freshly promoted executive, you will need to assess and adjust your existing skills to be your best in your new position. Sometimes this requires adding skill sets. I once worked with a Division President who had previously been praised for his ability to get a team to complete […]


“The Veggies of Leadership: Emotional Intelligence”

By | January 10th, 2018|

By Kristi Thompson – PathFinder, Kinetic Insights.

Emotional intelligence is not the cake, or even the icing on the cake: it’s the veggies of leadership.

A decade ago, emotional intelligence was newly recognized as a characteristic of effective leaders. Today we know that EI is not only important, it is the very thing that distinguishes great leaders from the rest of the pack, especially at the highest organizational levels. (On Emotional Intelligence, Harvard Business Review Press, 2015, p.3.)

Although EI seems intangible, specific EI competencies have been […]


Building Leadership from the Inside Out

By | December 4th, 2017|

Everyday headlines shout loudly about professionals from the ranks of politics, government, religion, media, and business who have succeeded greatly in their chosen field of endeavor only to have their personal failures take them down. We have all looked on as one-by-one leaders from all walks of life have crashed and burned, resulting in public humiliation for the leader, their family, and their organizations.

Each of these leaders up to the crashing point, has had enough effective leadership skills to rise through the ranks of their […]

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Why Your Team Needs a Coach

By | September 20th, 2017|

If you were on an Olympic Rowing team which of the following would have, in your view, the most impact on the team’s competitive ability?

  1. A team building event where the team makes chili together.
  2. A class on the physics of rowing and boat aerodynamics.
  3. A race with an expert coach, riding along-side, making real-time suggestions and providing tips on technique and strategy.

While each of these could have benefit for the team, we believe that the most impactful and best ROI in terms of cost […]

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Feedback on Feedback

By | July 24th, 2017|

It’s not much of a surprise that most leaders honestly say they want quality feedback. What IS surprising, is that very few people, leaders included, are actually good at giving feedback. Many simply don’t give enough.

Studies and surveys show that as many as 1/3 of all feedback interventions backfire while a whopping 98% of employees will fail to be engaged due to lack of or poorly delivered feedback. In the face of these startling numbers, 58% of managers still feel they do give enough feedback.

Giving […]


Lasting Change Demands Transformational Leadership

By | May 4th, 2017|

When a leader puts people and relationships at the center of any effort for cultural change, we describe their strategy as transformational leadership.

A true transformational leader knows that it is their people who get results and execute any change. The leader is the conduit. Transformational leadership builds the capability of people and brings higher levels of personal commitment from individuals to the organization’s vision and objectives.

Experts in the field say that transformational leaders can motivate followers to transcend their own interests for some other collective […]


Being Accountable for Accountability

By | March 26th, 2017|

We all love working with people that hold themselves accountable to completing their projects, initiatives and strategic plans as promised. Unfortunately, there aren’t as many of these people as we might like. As leaders, it’s up to us to hold individuals accountable and to encourage accountability among team members. Most of us just aren’t as good as it as we need to be.

The Harvard Business Review says one out of every two managers is terrible at accountability because 46% of all managers reporting to […]


Power of the Team

By | January 22nd, 2017|

Power to of the Team

Do you feel like team work leaves no time for your work? No surprise.

In early 2016, Harvard Business Review reported an increase of more than 50% in the amount of time spent in collaborative activities.

Over the past 20 years, globalization, strategic partnerships, and the demand for innovation and speed have resulted in a heavily team-based work environment. For many companies, more than three-quarters of an employee’s workday is spent in meetings, on the phone, and responding to emails.

Even though a team […]


Culture and the Overlooked Stakeholders

By | November 27th, 2016|

Corporate cultures that inhibit strong long-term financial performance are not rare; they develop easily, even in firms that are full of reasonable and intelligent people” – Kotter and Heskett, Corporate Culture and Performance.

Unless you’ve spent the last 25 or so years living off the grid in Barrow, Alaska you’ve learned a little about how important culture is to organizational performance and how it eats strategy for lunch or is it breakfast? Either way – it’s kinda important.

The Elephant in the Room

Culture, as the old […]


Will your acquisition be successful?

By | November 20th, 2016|

How important is culture when you are acquiring or merging with another company?

A KPMG study found that 83% of mergers fail. The number one reason these mergers failed? Culture. According to the Bain & Company survey of executives, clashing cultures lead to frustrated and anxious employees, demoralization, defections, productivity flags and eventually, failure. Alex Miller of KPMG said,

“Culture fit is pivotal in the long run…Merging cultures often determine strategic outcomes”.

Strategies that might lead to M&A transactions:

Much Ado About Execution

By | November 13th, 2016|

As I mentioned in my previous blog “Tis the Season,” strategic plans only have value if they are executed. What good is a plan on the shelf? If you’re a leader who is feeling a little trepidation about planning based on less than stellar execution in the past, you’re one of many. While there is no silver bullet for successful execution, there is a lot that can be learned from leaders with deep experience, consultants with broad organizational exposure, and academicians who study real organizations […]


Skills to Develop Your Visionary Leader

By | November 6th, 2016|

Visioning takes practice; very few of us are born with this talent like Steve Jobs of Apple or Jeff Bezos of Amazon or Edie Weiner who wrote Future Think. How do we build these skills and really put them to work for our companies?

Much goes into becoming a true visionary. First, what is a visionary leader? Visionary leaders are able to envision situations and environments years beyond where they are today. These ideas are not transactional they are transformational. They can see, connect and […]


What Leaders Should Learn About Managing Conflict

By | October 30th, 2016|

As a leader have you ever encountered a team embroiled in conflict? It seems that nowhere that you step is safe? The workplace is supposed to get results. You are here to accomplish the goals that are set and to get the team moving in a positive direction, working together to achieve the next big thing. The challenge is conflict can get in the way of getting things done and can cause employees to become disengaged – causing a vicious cycle that is difficult to […]


‘Tis the Season’ for Strategic Planning

By | October 23rd, 2016|

Strategic planning: “a systematic process of envisioning a desired future state and translating this future broadly into defined goals or objectives, and a sequence of steps to achieve them.” (Business Dictionary)

Sounds simple. Right?

All you have to do it think vertically from high altitude to low altitude and move information through the funnel, starting with review/revise your vision, mission, values, your customer value proposition and identify internal enablers and inhibitors. Then conduct an external context analysis of your customer needs, regulatory changes, competitor developments, and economic […]


Culture enAbled Strategy Workshop

By | October 16th, 2016|

Culture enAbled Strategy

Define the culture needed to execute your business strategy

We’ve all heard the Peter Drucker quote: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. But did you know he also said, “Company cultures are like country cultures. Never try to change one. Instead, try to work with what you’ve got”. Culture is dynamic. It is constantly evolving and adapting to changes in the marketplace, the workforce, and leadership. The question is, Is your culture evolving in a way that will support and enable your business […]


The Leader is the Culture

By | October 9th, 2016|

If you want to understand an organization’s culture, watch the leader and understand their style, values and tolerance for specific behaviors. If a leader is forward thinking, compassionate, results driven, reflective and respectful then chances are the culture reflects these values in the behaviors that are prevalent. Potentially creating more teamwork and solution based discussions. If a leader is more goal oriented, tactical, willing to do what it takes to make things happen, intolerant, and strict then you will likely see a workforce that is […]


Thinking, Leading and Doing Like a CEO

By | October 2nd, 2016|

A common coaching topic with mid tier company CEOs, large company VPs, and F500 Directors is Balancing Thinking, Leading and Doing. As new managers and junior executives we hopefully learned to delegate and hold others accountable. However, when we get to the upper echelon, we must learn to do less and think more.

What do I mean by this?

Thinking is constantly considering a grander future without restraint, e.g. contemplating “what if…” toward blue ocean concepts or complete disruption of market norms.

Leading is getting work done […]


Is Your Strategy Wishful Thinking?

By | September 25th, 2016|

Thought leaders have coined the current business environment ‘VUCA’ – volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous. The ‘VUCA’ environment requires organizations to become agile, responsive, innovative, and able to look around the corner quicker if they are to remain competitive. As a consequence, culture has advanced to the forefront of the leadership agenda, yet, many executives are reluctant to deal with it; it seems beyond the ability of mere mortals.

Before talking about whether or how to change culture, let’s clarify what organizational culture is and where […]


High Performing Teams – What’s Your Role?

By | September 22nd, 2016|

My home of Cleveland, Ohio has recently been transformed from the “Mistake on the lake” to World Champions. This is due to the performance of a team 0 the Cleveland Cavaliers NBA franchise – arguably the most team oriented of all professional sports.

One of the players responded when asked about the key to their success, “Be a star in your role”. In fact, he said this numerous times throughout the long playoff run.

This particular player didn’t score a lot of points and had very few […]


Why A New Site

By | September 12th, 2016|

We are very happy to announce the launch of our new website at

You’ll find a fresh look, some thought-provoking imagery, and great resources.

Unleash Your Greatness

We believe every single leader and every single team has more potential than they usually realize. This has become our battle cry moving into our new year with our 3 key areas of expertise: leader effectiveness, team effectiveness and cultural development.

New Workshops for Visioning and Culture Development

We have launched two new workshops that are available to help you […]


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