- 29 years as a management consultant and trainer, working with Peter Senge, Fernando Flores, Werner Erhard and most recently Tom Peters.
- Author of management blog, "Business Lessons from Rock," applying the success qualities of top rock-and-roll bands to mainstream business teams.
- Clients have included: Anglo American, AT&T, Cisco Systems, Commerce Bank, Deloitte & Touche, DHL, Digital Equipment Corporation, Emerson & Cuming, Innovation Associates, Johnson & Johnson, Lincoln Financial Group, Lockheed Martin, MacMillan, Bloedel, Minorco, Pfizer, Schindler, TPI Composites, Teck, Tyler Equipment, US Army, Wellpoint/Anthem, Weyerhaeuser.
- As a musician, singer and songwriter for 18 years before launching business consulting career, shared the stage with more than two dozen Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members and more than 50 other famous rock, pop, blues, folk, or country artists.
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Risks & Opportunities
A hyper-competitive world economy poses new problems to even high-flying companies. Failure to create innovative teams risks:
- The more successful your company is, the more likely you have a bull’s eye on your back.
- A competitor may be planning at this very moment to put you out of business.
- The threat of outsourcing:
- Any internal team that’s not providing added value has a risk of being outsourced.
- Any function can be outsourced in today’s world.
Any company undertaking fundamental change to achieve extraordinary outcomes faces internal resistance:
- Resistance to change:
- Anytime you introduce change into an organization you’re introducing disruption.
- “Antibodies” within the organization will attempt to suppress the change initiative.
- Even more so if you’re “upping the ante” and expecting bigger outcomes.
- High turnover:
- There is always a threat of significant turnover given people’s discomfort with change. Some can and should be persuaded to stay; others will self-select to depart.
Companies that are successful at harnessing creative teams have the opportunity for:
- Greater innovation:
- We’re working in an Innovation Economy. The game is to out-innovate the competition.
- Innovation is not just about products or services. The opportunity is to find new, different, more effective and more creative ways of doing anything.
- Innovation can involve your fundamental business model, your IT processes, your organizational design, your systems and procedures – all the way down to how you conduct your meetings.
- Competitive advantage:
- In a competitive, global economy, what separates the best from the rest is having teams that are highly creative, innovative, adaptable and agile.
- Such teams are able to take the heat and harness conflict.
- They are aware of their brand distinction, their unique contribution.
- They “take play seriously” and they are willing to “fail fast.”
- They have the audacity to shoot for the moon.