Category Archives: Innovation

Embrace the Coyote: Creating & Sustaining a Nimble Culture

The Road Runner cartoons are wrong. Wile E. Coyote is the exception rather than the rule. Coyotes are idea models for remaining nimble and flourishing in the face of change. Need proof? They continue to grow and expand in the … Continue reading

Posted in Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leading Change, Managing Change, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Pay for Presence or Pay for Results?

How much paid vacation do you receive from your company? Do you take it all, or do you find yourself giving or banking time at the end of the year? Would you take more time off if you were allowed? Even if it meant that your team would underperform or miss important deadlines?

Sir Richard Branson is betting that the employees of his company will maintain an appropriate balance between getting the work done and taking off all of the time they want. His company is the latest to grant employees unlimited vacation time. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Employee Retention, Employee Turnover, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Leadership, Leading Change, Performance Improvement, Randy Pennington, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Leading Change Isn’t About the Model

There is no shortage of change models being pushed by authors and consultants. Each claims their supporters and detractors. I have one as well. It is the latest iteration of a model I developed and began using and presenting in 1989.

So is there a magic methodology?

It doesn’t exist. Each of these organizations had bought into a different well-known model as the only effective way to lead a change. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Decision Making, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

What is the biggest enemy of Business Success?

What kills business success? Five friends – all best selling authors and hall of fame speakers – address this important question in another edition of the Five Friends blog series. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Decision Making, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Larry Winget, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

What is a Leader’s Most Important Job?

From Larry Winget: A leaders most important job: To lead. Duh. How do you lead? Not from behind, that’s for sure. Leaders have to get out in front with their ideas, vision, energy and presence. As I watch movies and … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Larry Winget, Leadership, Leadership Development, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

Perspective: 5 Friends Share Insights on Success

Five award-winning authors and speakers who just happen to be great friends get together to address important questions facing business, the country, and individual success. They answer this question in this edition: What ONE thing would you do to fix the economy? Be ready to be challenged. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Larry Winget, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Performance Improvement, President Obama, Randy Pennington, Republicans, Results, Stupid Decisions, Tea Party, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

What’s in a Name Change? Part II

Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.”

When it comes to change, that responsibility extends to creating the context of why and how the current reality should and could be different. Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Integrity, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Randy Pennington, Results, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 6 Comments

Challenge Your Thinking. Focus Your Execution. Deliver Your Results.

The walls of The Loomis Agency are adorned with pictures of dogs. There are so many photos and references to our beloved canine companions that conspiracy theorists might wonder if the company is secretly reviving the Egyptian practice of animal … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Randy Pennington, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

The Fault in Our Institutions is the Fault Within Ourselves

The lack of confidence in the institutions that define our collective culture is threatening the civility, economic prosperity, and standing of the United States as a world leader. Let’s start with the government. The President’s approval rating is underwater and … Continue reading

Posted in Accountability, Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Ethics, Execution, Innovation, Integrity, Leadership, Leading Change, Performance Improvement, President Obama, Randy Pennington, Results, Tea Party, Trust, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Are You a Challenger Brand?

There’s a quote about leaders and followers that suggests “If you’re not the lead dog, the view never changes.” For many brands, that’s certainly true. We all understand there are a limited number of spots at the top and that in each category, there can only be one market leader. It’s also true that most brands will never even sniff the position at the front of their respective pack. But that doesn’t mean you have to resign yourself, or your brand to follower status. Whether you’re in second place, third place, or last place, by adopting a challenger brand mentality and embracing three distinct “states,” you can step out of your role of follower and start creating a whole new view. Continue reading

Posted in Add value, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Growing your business, Innovation, Leadership, Leading Change, Managing Change, Results, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Comments Off