From Kelly's Desk

Strategies to Spark Creativity and Innovation

“Innovation is the new competitive advantage.” – Julie Sweet Plenty has been said about the necessity of innovation and creativity when it comes to business. But what does that mean? Just deciding to innovate is only a small part of actually sparking innovation. Successful innovation requires a surge of creative solutions. Yet often, people find […]

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Learning through Failure

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.” – Henry Ford There has been plenty said about the myriad of things one can do to avoid mistakes. Proper planning, quality control, and general foresight all play a part of the sort of crisis aversion that is typical in most businesses. However, […]

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How to Ask the Right Questions

“The important thing is to not stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing.” -Albert Einstein It is known that one of the most essential elements in business and leadership is communication, but there is often an underrated but hugely important aspect of communication: questioning. In business anyway, we typically are not trained to […]

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How to Identify and Manage Stress

“It is not stress that kills us, it is your reaction toward it.” – Dr. Hans Seyle The truth is this: stress is a part of life, and a total avoidance of stressful situation is impossible. However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t certain precautions and strategies available to combat stress. It’s best, first and foremost, […]

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The First Two Steps in Building a Winning Culture

“Regardless of what people say they value or believe, what actually shows up in their behavior is the best indication of the true culture.” – David Friedman Creating and maintaining a strong company culture is perhaps one of the best ways to accelerate performance. Upcoming Vistage event speaker, author and former CEO, David Friedman, is […]

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The Importance of Authenticity in Leadership

“Authenticity means erasing the gap between what you firmly believe inside and what you reveal to the outside world.” – Adam Grant, Psychologist There is a common misconception that effective leadership can only be found in certain molds. Being overtly tough, unfeeling, and unaffected by failure, are all things people generally think of when they […]

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How Tariffs & Hurricanes Affect Businesses

“Every great and deep difficulty bears in itself its own solution. It forces us to change our thinking in order to find it.” – Niehls Bohr, Physicist & Nobel Prize Winner As many know, tariffs are more or less a tax set on imported goods (typically at the border). Tariffs can be a sizeable revenue […]

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Making Clear Your Purpose as a Leader

“The art of communication is the language of leadership.” – James Humes, Author Leadership isn’t always just about the position you hold. Good leadership depends heavily on how your hold yourself and how others respond to your leadership techniques. Knowing your identity as a leader is essential in succeeding effectively in a leadership position. How […]

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Achieving Successful Team Building

“If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” -Henry Ford As a leader, you’re partially responsible for your employee’s ability to work as a cohesive unit. Making sure they have a strong relationship with leadership can be a necessary component in capturing your business’s full potential, but it’s equally, or perhaps […]

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How to Enhance your Leadership Presence

“The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority.” – Ken Blanchard, Author Being an effective leader can often mean more than just holding a position of leadership. To be a truly capable leader, one must have an influential and powerful presence. An established leadership presence can not only enhance your influence on others […]

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