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The D Series: Tools to succeed at innovation

Why Is It OK When You Say It?

I recently asked a group of senior leaders how comfortable they thought people are telling their boss that they don’t know how to do something. The response was unanimously “not very”. The next question to this same group of leaders was “As a boss, what is your reaction when someone comes to you and says “I don’t know how to do this?”” The immediate response was, “How can I help?”

So why is it OK to be on the receiving end of the request for help and yet so difficult to be the person asking for help? Why is it that being vulnerable is still so hard to do?

Being vulnerable takes a great deal of business maturity and an environment of trust where it is safe to be exposed. And why would companies want to create such an environment?

Consider the business efficiency and effectiveness of an environment where people are encouraged to openly say “I don’t know”. It short-circuits the process of wondering, guessing and hoping that things will get done properly. Think of the time saved. Imagine what could be accomplished. Picture the engagement level of your employees and satisfaction levels of your customers.

Now consider how you make it OK to say “I don’t know” in your business.

Great pictures tweeted from the D!sturbance Workshop!

Thanks to everyone who attended and shared pictures of last week’s D!sturbance Series Workshop at the Living Arts Centre.

The D! Series is designed for leaders and change agents who want to cause their own disturbance, and shape their companies’ future. Whether you’re an entrepreneur, corporate executive or manager with a desire for continuous improvement, you can count on The D! Series to address the issues you face in your business with actionable solutions that you can begin to implement immediately.Come on your own, bring a client, or book a table and put your whole team on the same innovation page.

BOOK TODAY at www.thedseries.com and, for a limited time, use the promotional code INTRO2015 to SAVE 50%. For the next two weeks, you can also download the e-book of our best-seller, Cause a Disturbance, on Amazon for $1.99.

Don’t miss out on our upcoming workshops.

Sticky Change: Change Management:

  • Thursday, April 9, 2015
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • Mississauga Living Arts Centre, 4141 Living Arts Dr.

Cause a Disturbance: Innovation:

  • Thursday, May 12, 2015
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • MaRS Centre, South Tower, 101 College Street, Suite 100

Sticky Change: Change Management:

  • Thursday, 4 June, 2015
  • 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
  • MaRS Centre, South Tower, 101 College Street, Suite 100

Don’t see an event in your area? Or maybe you’d like to hold an exclusive event just for your organization? Contact Kim Vogel at kvogel@spyderworksdesign.com


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A Leadership Revolution

There are many theories on what makes a leader great and even more models on how to become one. Regardless of the method or methodology, there is one element common throughout great leadership.

Great leadership is the power to ignite the spark of inspiration within others. It is about creating the opportunity for someone to feel compelled to take a step outside their comfort zone to be or do something that they haven’t previously been able to. Leaders have the ability to trigger in others the wonder of transformation. To redefine one’s belief in what is possible.

A leader with a high degree of emotional intelligence wants to get things done by igniting and inspiring people from within.  Such leaders are able to engage the interest and motives of others to create conditions that enable them to succeed.

Now imagine the revolution if everyone could inspire in others a transformational moment in time; one in which they unleashed someone else’s inner super power to conquer what they once deemed the impossible — to tackle a new issue with confidence and passion with the feeling that they have conquered the world. Transforming “what if” into “what is”. Moving from “I can” to “I have”. Now imagine that is not just people in formal leadership positions.

Consider this a calling to all people to engage, encourage and inspire in others the opportunity to become more. That would prove an incredible achievement for individual, team and organization.

What do you hope to ignite with your leadership revolution?