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Challenging Leadership Thinking … To Enable Strategic Improvement

This One Thing

May 27, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-05-27

Are you a seafood lover? Honestly, by nature, I’m not. Over the course of time I’ve learned to like good seafood, but I’ve had to work at it. Seafood is a taste I’ve developed slowly, over time (decades actually). Now I love salmon, shrimp, crab, scallops, grouper, oyster, and yes, lobster.
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Thinking Critically About Critical Thinking

May 22, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Assumptions, routines, and apathy. These are three conditions that, if left unchecked, can turn into terminal diseases in your organization. They are potentially terminal because unchecked assumptions, routines, and apathy hinder growth and innovation.

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Leadership Competitive Advantage

May 20, 2015

Dr. Robert Gerwig

Gerwig 2015-05-20

Are you a fast-food junkie? I’m not. I prefer “hole-in-the-wall” places where true foodies hang out. Whether it’s salmon or burgers or BBQ, I tend to look for unique, specialty, out-of-the-way dives. It’s all part of my adventurous spirit. It’s in my blood (thanks mother!!!).
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Ignoring. Answering. Researching.

May 15, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


  • Hershey Co. recently learned that citizens of Utah eat more than twice the national average of candy, and that Minnesotans buy six-packs of Hershey bars at a higher rate than anywhere else in the nation. (It’s the s’mores!)
  • According to HubSpot, Internet posts that are longer than 1,500 words receive much higher rates of tweets and Facebook likes. (Frankly, I don’t care. I don’t like very long posts.) Also, 46% of people read blogs more than once per day.
  • Socrato! found that 96% of students with Internet access use social networking and that 59% of that group use social networking to talk about education and schoolwork.

Curiosity. Questions. Research. Information. Answers (sometimes). It’s a process that people are uniquely capable of (thank you Lord!) and a discipline we all need to engage in.

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Idea Diversity

May 8, 2015

Dr. Scott Yorkovich


Hard questions. New ideas. Creative approaches. When followers challenge the status quo and rock the boat what do you do? Most leaders pretend to listen and then find a polite way to reject the idea. This is the path of least resistance. A few leaders actively, even violently reject idea diversity. “Don’t think. Just do your job.” The most effective leaders find a way to coach problem solving skills and welcome diverse perspectives.

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