You Can’t Always Get What You Want – (But What’s Possible With What You Have?)

keep calmDid Mick Jagger and the Rolling Stones have it right when they hit the airwaves in 1969 with -“You can’t always get what you want – you get what you need”? Perhaps the reason the song is now listed as the 100th greatest song of all time is because we can all relate to the lyrics just a little too well. We know how it feels when the things we hoped for don’t eventuate – or even worse, when we’re blindsided by news that shakes us to the core. In these times, it’s often difficult to see the opportunity – but it’s always there if you know how to find it. (more…)

“MAVERICKS WANTED” – (but not really)


“Mavericks Wanted” – (but not really)

Whether you call them mavericks, heretics, misfits, activists, linchpins, innovators, or wildcards – you can be sure – they’ll make their presence felt.

They’ll question and challenge authority, rules, the status quo, their job description, your processes, your products and services, your business model, your haircut – and just about anything else that you may, or may not hold sacred. They don’t like being told what to do, they’ll probably rebel at any attempt to be controlled or put into a box, and there’s a high chance they’ll get bored and leave quickly if they don’t feel they have room to move, explore, experiment, and create..

They’ll also probably find solutions to significant problems that you didn’t even know you had, be the source of new value and revenue streams, and do themselves out of a job by doing it differently, smarter and faster.

Who in their right mind would hire them? You? Are you really that brave, that courageous? (more…)

6 Steps To Winning In a Super-Fast And Turbulent World

 By Lisa McCarthy

runninglean“If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near.” Jack Welch

In a time when the rate of change has become exponential for the first time in history this quote by Jack Welch could hit a sore point. You know what he says to be true, but there’s a limit to how much faster you can move, and how much more you can fit in or do – isn’t there?

 What’s the answer when you feel like you’re already running as fast as you can – and you’re still only barely managing to keep up (if that)? How do you actually get ahead of the curve? How do you win when you’re caught in a whirlwind of exponential change – a world of rapidly changing technologies, changing consumer demands, increased consumer power, hyper competition, tumultuous economic conditions, and so much more?