May 25, 2020
RALLY THE TROOPS: Does Your Team Have a Mission Statement?

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A team is a group of people who work together toward a common goal -- a group with a defined membership and a set of activities that define the scope of its work.

The key phrase in the preceding sentence? Common goal. When the common goal is clear, compelling, and embraced by team members, good things usually happen. When the common goal is not clear, compelling, or embraced by team members, symptoms of team dysfunction begin to manifest.

The common goal of a team is its mission. Its purpose. Its reason for being. Why people get out of bed in the morning.

A team's mission statement clarifies the what, who, and why it exists. It is not a vision statement. A vision statement evokes what will be. A mission statement declares what is.

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May 23, 2020
What Does It Really Mean to be an Effective Team Leader?

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On planet Earth, there are millions of teams. They are everywhere -- in schools, businesses, communities, sports, organizations, armies, religions, and jails. If you are reading this, it is very likely that you are either a member of a team or a leader of a team.

Some of the teams you belong to are achieving their goals. Some are not. In either case, there is a 95% chance that somebody is playing the role of leader, captain, coach, coordinator, or director. You know, the person where the buck supposedly stops.

While there are thousands of books on the subject, very few people have the time or desire to read even one of these books. And, even if they did, reading a book doesn't guarantee success. Because, in the end, the reader of even the best book on team leadership will need to translate what they read into action.

The reality is this: very few team leaders understand what it really means to be a team leader and how to be a team leader -- especially those who have been drafted into the position by someone further up the food chain.

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May 22, 2020
20 Inspiring Quotes on Commitment

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"Unless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes; but no plans." - Peter Drucker

"Commitment is what transforms a promise into a reality." - Abraham Lincoln

"There are only two options regarding commitment; you're either in or you're out. There's no such thing as life in-between." - Pat Riley

"The difference between involvement and commitment is like ham and eggs. The chicken is involved; the pig is committed." - Martina Navratilova

"People do not follow uncommitted leaders. Commitment can be displayed in a full range of matters to include the work hours you choose to maintain, how you work to improve your abilities, or what you do for your fellow workers at personal sacrifice." - Stephen Gregg

"Commitment is an act, not a word." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Desire is the key to motivation, but it's determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal -- a commitment to excellence -- that will enable you to attain the success you seek." - Mario Andretti

"The quality of a person's life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavor." - Vince Lombardi

"Something in human nature causes us to start slacking off at our moment of greatest accomplishment. As you become successful, you will need a great deal of self-discipline not to lose your sense of balance, humility, and commitment." - Ross Perot

"The relationship between commitment and doubt is by no means an antagonistic one. Commitment is healthiest when it is not without doubt, but in spite of doubt." - Rollo May

"If your energy is as boundless as your ambition, total commitment may be a way of life you should seriously consider." - Dr. Joyce Brothers

"The only limit to your impact is your imagination and commitment." - Tony Robbins

"It takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow." - Ralph Ellison

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results." - Art Turock

"It's always too early to quit." - Norman Vincent Peal

"Freedom is not the absence of commitments, but the ability to choose and commit myself to what is best for me." - Paulo Coelho

"If you can't value a commitment made by someone else, your own commitments lose their value too." - Ram Mohan

"Commitment is the enemy of resistance, for it is the serious promise to press on, to get up, no matter how many times you are knocked down." - David McNally

"There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're committed to something, you accept no excuses; only results." - Kenneth Blanchard

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." - Albert Einstein

What are YOU committed to these days? What project, pursuit, cause, creation, effort, or endeavor have you fully embraced? And if, perchance, you haven't fully embraced it yet, what obstacle do you need to overcome? What do you need to do, today, in order to fully commit?

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May 17, 2020
WHAT WOULD SOLOMON DO? Can Wisdom Be Taught?

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Thought provoking article here on the real purpose of education, can wisdom be taught, and the choices facing higher education these days.

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May 13, 2020
32 Inspiring Quotes on Mastery

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"Mastery" is a fascinating phenomenon -- one that many people speak about, but few attain. Is it possible? Yes, it is. But what is it really? Ah... now that's the question, isn't it? The dictionary defines mastery as "possession or display of great skill or technique." OK. Good start. If you're fluent in French, for example, you have a mastery of the language. If you win every game of chess, you show a mastery of the game. Skill is necessary, of course, in order to be a Master, but it not sufficient. Something else, beyond skill, is also needed. What might that be?

"One can have no smaller or greater mastery then mastery of oneself." - Leonardo DaVinci

"It's easy to get on the path of mastery. The real challenge lies in staying on it." - George Leonard

"If people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it would not seem so wonderful at all." - Michelangelo

"Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person." - Albert Einstein

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May 12, 2020
GREAT QUOTES ON EXCELLENCE

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The word "excellence" means different things to different people. Your definition may be different than mine... or your best friend's.... or your customers... or the CEO of the company you work for -- assuming, of course, you are not a freelancer, self-employed, or unemployed. Ultimately, YOU are the one to decide what excellence really means... why it matters... and how to get there. Towards that end, here is a selection of inspiring quotes on that very topic. See if you can find one that calls to you -- then reflect on what you can do to bring more excellence into your life -- on or off the job.

NOTE: The English word excellence comes from the Latin excello -- "to elevate, raise up, surpass."

"Excellence is not a gift, but a skill that takes practice. We do not act rightly because we are excellent. In fact we achieve excellence by acting rightly." - Plato

"The desire of excellence is the necessary attribute of those who excel. We work little for a thing unless we wish for it." - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

"The secret of joy in work is contained in one word: excellence. To know how to do something well is to enjoy it." - Pearl S. Buck

"Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives. Choice, not chance, determines your destiny." - Aristotle

"Excellence is the gradual result of always striving to do better." - Pat Riley

"Excellence is doing a common thing in an uncommon way."- Albert Einstein

"Every job is a self-portrait of the person who did it. Autograph your work with excellence." - Jessica Guidobono

"Excellence is the unlimited ability to improve the quality of what you have to offer." - Rick Pitino

"The sad truth is that excellence makes people nervous." - Shana Alexander

"Those who attain any excellence, commonly spend life in one pursuit; for excellence is not often gained upon easier terms." - Samuel Johnson

"Aspire greatly; anything less than a commitment to excellence becomes an acceptance of mediocrity." - Brian Tracy

"The price of greatness is responsibility." - Winston Churchill

"I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times." - Bruce Lee

"Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence." - Vince Lombardi

"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence." - Confucius

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May 11, 2020
NON-JUDGMENTAL LISTENING

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This just in! Recently, I polled a community of a thousand people I am working with, asking them to rate 20 different ways they could be of support to their colleagues, peers, neighbors, families, and children during these crazy times of the Coronavirus.

The highest rated of them all? Non-judgmental listening! An excellent choice. Sounds great, but in reality, is not as easy as it sounds.

If you want some tips on HOW to be a non-judgmental listener, click the links below for some sage advice.

Mastering non-judgmental communication

How to listen without judging
Mental Health First Aid

One of the biggest obstacles to communication
On being a better listener
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May 10, 2020
Passionate Leaders

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This just in from Mohammed Azim, Head of the English Department at Al Siraat College , in Epping, Australia. Mohammed is a bright light, a dedicated team leader, and an active participant in the Team Leadership Training I am currently facilitating at the school. Mohammed is one of 35 teachers and staff members participating in a series of weekly training sessions to raise the bar for teamwork and collaboration. Al Siraat is onto something big -- and that is, tooling up their teachers and staff with the methods, mindset, tools, techniques, and practice necessary to help the teams they lead become high performing.

PASSIONATE LEADERS

Lead with titles? No!
They lead with their passion.
Assign tasks? No!
They set the pace with magnetic vision.
Drive team? No!
They coach them with compassion.
Use people? No!
They develop them on every occasion.
Depend on authority? No!
On goodwill only is their station.
Say "I" mostly? No!
"We" is the sound in their oration.
Rule with their mind? No.
Heart and soul, it is; without deviation.
Fueled by commands? No!
Contagious positive energy is the sensation.
React to situations? No!
They anticipate as part of their education.
Ambitious, are they? No!
Their mission is their sole obsession.
Focused on consistency? No!
Flexibility is their take and position.
"Do the thing right"? No!
"Do the right thing" is their admission.

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May 08, 2020
If You Call a Meeting, Please Call It By the Right Name

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Maybe it's just me. Or maybe it's the business I'm in, but I can't help but notice how often people with a pressing need to call a meeting find a way to work the "Let's get together and brainstorm" phrase into their invitation even when their meeting has absolutely nothing to do with brainstorming.

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May 07, 2020
The Innovation Burnout Syndrome

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Most newly launched organizational innovation initiatives have a dark side, a not-much-talked-about shadow side -- the metaphorical alcoholic-father-in-the-basement side. And it is this... fascinating new projects are conceived, senior leaders get excited, game plans are drawn up, but no one gives the "worker bees" any more time to devote to the newly launched projects. They are, in effect, expected to shoehorn their new efforts into their already overloaded schedules.

Bottom line, aspiring innovators' "day jobs" end up colliding with newly launched innovation initiatives and mayhem ensues. People either burn out, get cranky, triangulate to third parties, spend way too much time explaining the newly launched innovation project to others, or else go into martyrdom-mode -- all behaviors that do not bode well for the individual, the company, or its customers. And while every company DOES have a few superstar self-starters who dive in with both feet, this is not a formula for sustainable innovation.

The solution? Either redistribute workloads, offer "innovation project sabbaticals", or provide your front line innovators with enough support services to unclutter their minds, ease their way forward, and allow them the time to focus on the innovation job at hand without frying.

Oh, I almost forgot -- you can stagger the launch of new initiatives so not everything is happening at the same time.

If you don't, expect nothing but a whole lot of chaos, broken promises, unfulfilled expectations, and the kind of innovation backlash you wish you hadn't unleashed.

Three minute video on this phenomenon

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May 02, 2020
To Create the Future, See Hidden Patterns (and Challenge Them)

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Probably.

And do you know why you can? Because you've been given just enough information to deduce a meaning. Your brain, drawing on past experiences of letters, words and sentences, recognizes a pattern -- or at least thinks it does.

Human beings are masters at "filling in the blanks." We see something, compare it to our storehouse of past memories, reach a conclusion and then act on it. This pattern-recognizing ability of ours is very useful tool. It saves us time, lets us to make decisions on the fly, and helps us interpret our world.

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May 01, 2020
THE BEGINNING OF MASTERY: Wax on, Wax Off

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April 30, 2020
HOW MUCH DOES LUNCH COST? Pay What You Want!

During these economic melt down times of the Coronavirus, all bets are off. "Business as usual" just won't cut it anymore. Businesses and entrepreneurs are quickly changing business models, pricing models, staffing models, while simultaneously trying to figure out how to use ZOOM.

Forward thinking restaurateurs have been at this game for a while, as the above 2017 video makes abundantly clear.

Idea Champions is also experimenting in this realm. For example, instead of offering a two-week free trial of our online Free the Genie tool, we've decided to extend it to a free 10-year trial -- one way we can give back and be of assistance to people in need. Will we ever "profit" from this experiment. I have no idea. For now, it just feels like the right thing to do.

What can YOU or your business do to adapt to these radically changing times? What might you give away for free? How can you simplify your product or service? What might home delivery look like?

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April 29, 2020
Great Quotes on Leadership

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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." - John Quincy Adams

"Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things." - Peter Drucker

"To lead people, walk beside them. As for the best leaders, the people do not notice their existence. When the best leader's work is done, the people say, 'We did it ourselves!'" - Lao Tzu

"Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence, and making sure that impact lasts in your absence."- Sheryl Sandberg

"Average leaders raise the bar for themselves; good leaders raise the bar for others; great leaders inspire others to raise their own bar." - Orrin Woodward

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25 Simple Ways to Free Up Your Innate Creativity

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Most people agree that creativity is a good thing. Accordingly, they want to know how they can become more creative. Makes sense, right? The question, however, is a tricky one, not unlike asking "How can I have a good marriage?" or "How can I become a better human being?" There are hundreds of answers and often different strokes for different folks.

Bottom line, there is no blueprint, no follow-the-dots instructions in this realm. But there are some simple principles and guidelines to consider. Below are 25 of them (and all it takes is ONE to get unstuck).

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April 28, 2020
SPEED TO KNOWLEDGE: The Curious Roots of Micro-Learning

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Being the first to come up with a good idea does not always make the path to success easy. In fact, often, it's quite the opposite.

For example, the idea of micro-learning may be all the rage these days, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, the company that created the first micro learning programs, AthenaOnline, was kicked out of quite a few offices for even proposing the idea.

The idea of micro-learning -- bite-sized bits of knowledge that are easy to digest and understand -- has been around for ages. It encompasses everything from viewing a short video to reading an article to taking a short quiz. Micro-learning, however, was never a form of enterprise learning until the visionaries at AthenaOnline released its MyQuickCoach application in 1999.

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April 19, 2020
One of the Biggest Obstacles to Genuine Communication

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"When people talk, listen completely. Most people never listen." -- Ernest Hemingway

One of the biggest obstacles to good communication between two people can be summarized in four words: "I already know that."

This all-too-common phrase heads its ugly rear when the listener, having heard as little as a single sentence from the speaker, assumes they already understand what the speaker is going to say. It is this snap judgment, often made unconsciously, that subverts even the faintest hope of communication. But even more than that, it subverts trust, intimacy, connection, and the possibility of meaningful collaboration.

And while it's possible, of course, that the listener does know what the speaker is about to say -- especially if the two of them have a longstanding relationship -- all too often, the listener does not, at least at the depth of what the speaker wants to express.

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April 12, 2020
Try to Love the Questions

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"Be patient toward all that is unsolved in your heart and try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are now written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer." -- Rainer Maria Rilke

In times of the unknown, like these days of the Coronavirus, most people want answers. Totally understandable. But, like Rilke notes above, there is great value in loving the questions that precede the answers. Towards that end, here is a list of 20 questions for your consideration. Hopefully, at least one of them will resonate with you and begin working its magic.

1. What is the silver lining, for me, in the Coronavirus cloud?
2. These days, what is there to learn about myself?
3. What is the biggest opportunity before me now?
4. How can I find joy in the simple things of life?
5. What am I feeling moved to do or create?
6. What am I thankful for?
7. What is my responsibility during these challenging times?
8. How can stay in a positive frame of mind?
9. What do I really want?
10. How can I best be of service?
11. How can I go beyond worry, doubt, and impatience?
12. Who do I need to forgive?
13. How can I tap into the source of my courage?
14. In what ways are these times a dress rehearsal for my own death?
15. How can I reinvent the way I make a living?
16. How can I truly bloom where I'm planted?
17. What is there at this moment that I lack?
18. How can I better listen to the birds?
19. Who can I reach out to today?
20. What can I do, right now, to nurture myself?

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CORONAVIRUS WAKE UP CALL! Now's the Time to Reinvent Yourself

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"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is most adaptable to change."-- Charles Darwin

And so, dear people scrambling to adapt to the havoc wreaked by the Coronavirus... Idea Champions (my company) is also adapting. Since none of our clients want us anywhere within breathing distance of them, we are transforming the best of what we do into online services.

Below are brief descriptions of the first four of these services. One of them is free and the other three are discounted by 40%, knowing, as we do, how financially strapped most of our clients are these days.

And, at the end of this post, there are ten provocative questions you may want to noodle on if you are also looking to change what YOU do.

1. BUSINESS RE-INVENTION COACHING: One or more online sessions with Idea Champions' Co-Founder and President, Mitch Ditkoff. Just like physicians, these days, are now increasingly delivering their services via tele-medicine, Mitch is now offering tele-innovation services -- more specifically, online coaching, a way to help his clients clear their heads, open their minds, and discover new ways to adapt to these radically changing times. His credentials? Thirty years of sparking-innovation in a wide variety of forward thinking organizations from just about every industry on planet Earth.

2. MICRO-LEARNING FOR INNOVATORS: During the past 30 years, Idea Champions has written and spoken a lot about innovation, creative thinking, brainstorming, collaboration, and storytelling. We've distilled the best of it down to an online treasure trove of innovation-sparking goodies.Our Micro-Learning for Innovators service gives you access to 52 of our videos, articles, tools, and techniques. The service also includes a 60-minute phone coaching session.

3. FREE THE GENIE: Our online brainstorming tool designed to help you go beyond the "same old, same old" and originate bold, new ideas and possibilities. Pre-Covid-19, we used to sell subscriptions to this product, but now we are giving it away. This is not a marketing ploy. It is not a clever way to get email addresses. There is no fine print. It is simply our attempt to pitch in during difficult times. (PS: Where else have you seen a 10-year free trial?)

4. THE TWO-HOUR BRAINSTORM FACILITATION TRAINING: Eternal optimists that we are, Idea Champions is assuming that Covid-19 will end before hell freezes over. And, when it does, we want our clients to be more prepared than ever to facilitate on-site brainstorming sessions. PS: It's not only toilet paper that is in short-supply these days, so are breakthrough ideas for entering into new realms of possibility.

An example of a company that just reinvented what they do
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April 09, 2020
HIGH PERFORMING TEAMS: How Schools Can Create Them

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What follows are testimonials from teachers and staff at Al Siraat College, an Austrialian K-12 school in the Islamic tradition, who recently participated in Idea Champions' Team Leadership Training -- a series of seven 90-minute modules delivered onsite over the course of a month. Al Siraat engaged our services to help 23 of their team leaders learn how to raise the bar for teamwork, collaboration, and communication.

THE TESTIMONIALS

"I found the training to be highly relevant to what I do and the success of the organisation. After all, it is people, working on effective teams, that will move us forward." - Fazeel Arain, Principal

"The training was an experience that will live long in my memory. I will constantly use these skills in the challenges I encounter as a coach, trainer, head of department and, above all, as a teacher." - Mohammed Azim, Head of English

"The leadership training was a great opportunity to reflect on the processes, procedures, and relationships within my team and allowed me to develop my skills and knowledge to drive and motivate my team to achieve our shared vision." - Fatema Faoual, Secondary Years Team Leader

"The Team Leadership Training was the best professional development I have ever experienced. I found many aspects of it very useful for my own personal growth and for my growth as a team leader." - Wayne Semmens, Head of Maths

"I found the training extremely beneficial. It provided me with a different perspective of looking at my leadership skills." - Suffian Mohammed Amin, Head of Art & Technology

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"I felt like I was given the required tools to be able to fulfill my duties and be well-equipped with moving my team forward, as well as pushing them to excel more and more." - Asim Malik, Head of Islamic Studies

"Thank you so much for everything you have done for Al Siraat. We are very lucky to have you, at our school, facilitating the leadership training." - Daniel Saleh, Head of Health & Physical Education

"Mitch was very inspiring, well-prepared, and flexible throughout the sessions. He adjusted the speed and content on-the-go, based on the need of our group." - Shahzad Syed, Director Support Services

"The training gave me confidence and a lot to learn about my self before leading my team. I'm sure that, with the ongoing support I will get, I can uplift my team to higher and higher levels." - Maryam Omer, Head of Quran

"The Team Leadership Training provided me with a much-needed pause to not only reflect on my current leadership skills, but also learn important strategies to get better. Well worth the investment of time." - Rahat Arain, Director Student Learning & Achievement

"It was a wonderful experience taking part in the Leadership Training -- a great learning environment for me." - Shukran Chohan, Maintenance Team Leader

"The Team Leadership Training was vital. It highlighted the importance of re-defining a team's role and extending appreciation, rather than the do more approach." - Maqsood Ahmad, Accounts & Finance Team Leader

"The training equipped me with ways to improve meetings and communication with my team. I began thinking outside of current practices and looking for ways to be more streamlined and efficient." - Vis Naidu, Head of Secondary School

"Attending the Team Leadership training gave me an opportunity to reflect on my own leadership style and skills. It encouraged me to think about not only my strengths as a leader, but explore areas where I need more support." - Cheryl Becker, Year 4 Team Leader

"As a result of the training. I gained more confidence in my leadership role." - Naga Thayalakrishna, Head of Science

"The training gave us a very practical approach to deal with any group of people we belong to and how we can maintain a collaborative approach in achieving our personal and team goals." - Salman Khan, Project and Site Manager

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Innovation is a team sport. Brilliant ideas go nowhere unless your people are aligned, collaborative, and team-oriented. That doesn't happen automatically, however. It takes intention, clarity, selflessness, and a new way of operating.
Awake at the Wheel, Book about big ideas If you're looking for a powerful way to jump start innovation and get your creative juices flowing, Awake at the Wheel is for you. Written by Mitch Ditkoff, Co-Founder and President of Idea Champions.
Face the Music Blues Band The world's first interactive business blues band. A great way to help your workforce go beyond complaint.

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