Can you identify your distinctive strengths?

Can you identify your distinctive strengths?

This is mash-up post! Part book review and part inspiration, both thanks to Whitney Johnson and her latest book, Disrupt Yourself:  Putting the Power of Disruptive Innovation to Work. Be prepared to answer “yes” to Whitney’s question, “Are you ready to jump?”


jump on strengthsOne of the most insightful and telling exercises I do in my workshops with women leaders is asking them to list their personal strengths.

It’s amazing to see powerful women pause, either uncertain of what to list or fearful of appearing too brash and bold for knowing what they do well.

Whitney Johnson, author of Disrupt Yourself, defines a distinctive strength as “something that you do well that others within your sphere don’t.”

A distinctive strength is something that you do well that others within your sphere don't. ~Whitney Johnson Click To Tweet (more…)

Loving it:  5 ways to co-actively lead

Loving it: 5 ways to co-actively lead

5 ways to leadI love it when something challenges us to reconsider entrenched paradigms, and that’s just what Karen and Henry Kimsey-House do in their new book, Co-Active Leadership:  Five Ways to Lead. This short, pithy gem gives us  five dimensions of choice, opportunity, and possibility for creating a 360 degree model of leadership support for leading ourselves as well as others.

Sticking with the theme of 5 ways, there are five reasons why this book resonates with me. (more…)

Millennials get it. Now share it

Millennials get it. Now share it

promote yourself schawbel millennials

Book review:  Promote Yourself: The New  Rules For Career Success by Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner of Millennial Branding, a Gen Y research  and consulting firm and author of the #1 international bestselling book for millennials,  Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future.

Millennials get it.

87% of them believe business success should be measured by more than profit. They state the #1 purpose of business is to improve society.

Now what they must do is get themselves ready and positioned to make their voices heard to advance their careers and make a difference. (more…)

Vanilla or Mint? No Room for Second Place

Vanilla or Mint? No Room for Second Place

Steve Van Remortel, founder of SM Advisors and creator of the Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream process, educates and inspires business leaders on how to differentiate their organization by applying the fundamentals of strategy and talent. In his first book, Stop Selling Vanilla Ice Cream: The Scoop on Increasing Profit by Differentiating Your Company Through Strategy and Talent, he provides all business leaders a simple step-by-step planning process they can implement into their organization to optimize its performance. 


Steve Van Remortel

Steve Van Remortel

Vince Lombardi once said, “There is no room for second place.  There is only one place in my game and that is first place.”  

That is true in business as well as football. 

When it comes to your competence and strategy second place is not an option.  

The first fundamental of my strategic planning process is defining your competence.  Your competence is something you do better than anyone else in the markets where you compete. 

It is why customers choose you first, not second.  

When helping a company define its competence, we do an analysis is to help clients evaluate their new or current competence against the competitors in the markets where they compete.  

Discovering your marketplace competence

7 questions to determine your organization’s competitive competence (more…)

Sparking a leadership revolution

Sparking a leadership revolution

character based leaders

Check out a new book written by 21 members of the Lead Change Group titled The Character-Based Leader: Instigating a Leadership Revolution… One Person at a Time!

the Lead Change Group is a virtual community of authors, business owners, thought leaders, and academics who share a passion for character-based leadership.

Character-based leaders lead from the power of who they are, rather than from their position of authority or designated job title.

People who lead with character don’t wait for others to make something right.

When they see a need, they move to close the gap.

The book combines current leadership thought with personal stories, providing compelling messages, tools and insights for those seeking to enrich their own leadership style.

6 thoughts on sparking a character-based leadership revolution (more…)