Getting Unstuck – Using the Lean StartUp Method to Move Forward

In order for you to be successful you need to keep moving forward. In a situation where you feel stuck – or even paralyzed – this is easier said than done though. In this inspirational article Colleen Sharen shares her thoughts on the subject.

Thinking is Hard Work


Ever been stuck?  Just can’t move? Don’t know what to do? Most of us have been stuck at one point or another. The question is how to get unstuck. And the answer is to move.  Yup. Just to move in any direction.  A few years ago I shared my own getting unstuck experience on the pages of this blog.  Today I’m going to share some thoughts from the entrepreneurship community, specifically from Eric Ries’ book  The Lean Startup.

The idea of a lean startup is that while planning is important, the only way you can learn is by starting with a simple, low cost version of your product or service, and getting feedback from customers.  So, once you get feedback, you can iterate or improve your product BEFORE you’ve spent a ton of dough on developing the “perfect” product that isn’t so perfect.

Because entrepreneurs work in an incredibly…

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Should Executives be allowed to Telecommute?

The world is constantly changing and so are our workplaces. To stay on top of your talent pool – to keep your greatest employees -, you need to be prepared to offer flexible solutions.


Pyramid The traditional organizational pyramid, complete with its hierarchy of power and authority, has been around a long time. Emerging from the work of Frederick Winslow Taylor in the early 1900s, and refined and embedded within organizations during the 20th Century, the Pyramid is still the prevalent form of how organizations are structured.

An increasingly outdated concept in a global economy buffeted by volatile geo-politics, technological advancement and climate change, the Pyramid is accompanied by the physical presence of employees within organizational silos. Managers want their staff within arms-reach. The “bums-in-chairs” mentality of productivity persists, despite huge gains in the introduction and deployment of technologies that support virtual (distance) work.

The teleworking concept has its supporters and detractors, each making their separate cases. However, these debates have been aimed almost exclusively at those working in non-managerial positions. A recent article from Bloomberg Businessweek presents an interesting perspective on executives teleworking from…

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Engagement, Values, Culture – In No Given Order!

It´s said that “[…] the culture of any organization is shaped by the worst behavior the leader is willing to tolerate.” Engagement, values and culture go together – read more about it in this informative post by Patrick Verdonk./Ulrika

Is It a Good Idea to Act Authentically?

Great article by Rachel Collis on acting authentically – don´t miss it!/Ulrika 🙂

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Well, it depends how you define authenticity.

Authenticity can be problematic when we define it as freely expressing our thoughts and feelings. I have made this mistake many times in the past. I believed that it was wrong to hide my true feelings, that it was important for me to be ‘honest’ with others. The problems with this approach were:

  • It involved treating my thoughts and feelings as if they were true. I have since come to realise that sometimes they don’t reflect the reality of a situation!
  • It meant that my thoughts and feelings had control of my behaviour.
  • It meant other people had to deal with my ‘stuff’ – sometimes that was helpful, at others, frankly, it wasn’t.

A better definition of authenticity is when:

  • Behaviour, goals and values are aligned.
  • Values are freely chosen rather than imposed by others. They feel like an expression of my best self…

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Characteristics of a Servant Leader: What’s That?

Informative post on the basics of servant leadership. Check it out!


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The former president of the Robert K. Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, Larry C. Spears identified what he considered to be the 10 most important characteristics of servant leaders. His insightful list got me thinking about these characteristics from a practical standpoint. I would like to unpack these 10 characteristics with a focus on the action needed to become a daring leader who serves. Often times in leadership development or coaching we can theorize a leadership style in a very articulate way and that is fantastic, however, to truly see the power of a leader take hold action is required.

On the top of Spears’ list is the characteristic of listening. For any leader effective communication is an important characteristic to possess. Often least coached or measured in effective communication is the ability, and dare I say, responsibility of leaders to listen. As a leader in order to listen…

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How Stressed is Your Workplace?

Great article about a very important work cultural issue!/Ulrika 🙂

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One in four Canadian adult workers describe their level of workplace stress somewhere between “quite high” and “extremely high”, according to a recent Statistics Canada study. Stress is considered to be the leading cause of illness and absenteeism in the workplace and there are estimates that it’s costing Canadian employers somewhere around $20B annually. Businesses pay dearly for the losses incurred by absent employees, those on short and long-term disability, and for presenteeism – the cost of dedicated but sick employees showing up for work but being less than productive.

Some stress is a good thing; it motivates, creates a sense of urgency and can spur creativity and problem solving, especially under time constraints. Too much stress though, can create a disabling work environment that leads to errors, poor customer service and insufficient quality.

Markers that point to a high stress work environment:

  • Managers are juggling multiple jobs: The team…

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How to Help Employees Feel Connected to Your Company

Great post by Sandi Sonnenfeld on the importance of engaging your employees in your organization. Don´t miss it!

Communications & the C-Suite Executive

Gallup’s July update shows that only 32% of employees feel engaged at work. It seems a given that employees who feel a connection to the company they work for are more likely to go the extra mile because they feel they are part of something they are helping to create. Yet clearly companies continue to fail at successfully engaging their most valuable resource–their staff.

Part of the challenge, is that too many companies operate as though they are perpetually under siege: by competitors, by economic forces, by unrealistic goals set by shareholders or the CEO, or simply by a supervisor who uses fear and threats as a “motivator.” When companies operate this way, employees inevitably protect themselves from a siege mentality by distancing themselves emotionally even as they continue to physically perform their duties. In this type of corporate culture, no matter how many ice cream socials, free yoga classes…

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Stop Making A Mess Of Things! How To Start Making What You Want!

Focus on what you want – wise words from Rex Sikes.

Rex Sikes' Daily Inspiration and Gratitude

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“Do you know who you are and what you are capable of? Do you realize how powerful you are? I bet you don’t. I bet you are far more powerful than you ever give yourself credit for. Isn’t it about time you change that?

A useful mindset to adopt is that we are all creators. You are a creator. A powerful creator. You can do one thing and that is create.

You could think we are all attractors. You are an attractor. A powerful attractor. You do one thing and that is attract.

Magnetic Attractor And Creator

You are responsible for everything that you have in life, good or bad, and you always have been. Nothing has ever happened in your life that you didn’t attract or create.

For some this might be a scary thought. For me it is liberating. It means I have one hundred per cent responsibility for…

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What Is Your Answer To This Important Life Transforming Question?

Set the stage for a productive great day – and life – by contemplating on these questions.

Rex Sikes' Daily Inspiration and Gratitude

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“People ask me, ‘What can I do to transform my experience into something more wonderful?’ That is an excellent question. I am going to ask you a question in return and I would like you to actually entertain it. Think about the answer. Dwell on it a while.

Imagine the answer as fully as you are able. Let it  come to you. I am going to ask this of you in the first person.

What if, for a half hour each day, I went inside and imagined living the perfect life?  What if I imagined my life as I always hoped it would be? What if I really got in touch with how good  it feels to see myself as I have always wanted to be and to experience my life working out for the best?   What if, for a half hour each day, I imaged this fully and spent time enjoying myself feeling…

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7 Strategies To Help Your Team Communicate

Self-awareness is the foundation for great communication.

The UPwards Leader

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Any leader who is working on becoming a more effective communicator can tell you the one ingredient they need to focus on is themselves.

But ask those same leaders what the focus should be on to make their teams communicate better, and the answer is not so clear. While one can focus on others, there are many other factors to consider that enhance or disrupt communication which need attending.

The trick in communication is to get a group of people to not just work towards a common goal and mission, but communicate along those same lines as well. When members of a team speak, email, and communicate in alignment with the direction of the team, an extra layer of synergy takes place that enhances the performance efforts of everyone. But when those points of contact take away for any reason, there becomes a drag factor that can hinder even the best…

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