Main Category: icube™

Stay Focused, Lean, and Productive with Kanban

With efficiency, you have lower rates of waste, increased productivity, and improved overall workflow. Sounds great, right? That’s because it is. Efficiency can be difficult as you scale, both in production and in team size, but Kanban scales with you, making it one of the most highly-regarded visual workflow management systems. Moreover, Kanban doesn’t require… Read more »

The Scared Child in Every Leader

At some point after reaching a level of success, the people around you will start expecting you to know all the answers. Because of your unique experience, quite often you will have the answers. However, inevitably there will be situations in which you won’t. If you’re like most leaders, you will likely find it difficult… Read more »

What We Can Learn From Jeopardy’s James Holzhauer

As I heard him tell the story, it became very clear that James, although a professional sports better, was hardly gambling his way into winning. I took three takeaways from his approach that would apply to any business. It’s more than core competencies that will get you ahead. As James describes it, by the time… Read more »

Seeing Your Blind Spots Clearly

During your Quarterly Review, you will put into practice the Trust Review where 360 Feedback is given and received. What could be argued as the most uncomfortable portion of this review is delving into blind spots. Blind spots are those behaviors in ourselves we just can’t see. You may say to yourself, “I’ve built a… Read more »

The Three Most Important Characteristics Of A Facilitator

The linchpin in the icube™ process is the facilitator. My firm belief is that while some people have an innate ability to be great facilitators, facilitation is a skill like any other and can be developed and honed. It’s good, however, to have awareness of one’s own habits and the characteristics of a great facilitator…. Read more »

The Concept of Differentiation

It is, therefore, incumbent upon the salesperson to inherently know this and calibrate their approach, which may be trust-building or education, before trying to make the sale. If you are not familiar with this concept of customer quadrant analysis, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of the book and check it out…. Read more »

The Importance of Team Diversity

  Hence, I found it sobering and a tad disturbing as a male, when I watched a TED Talk by Dr. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, an organizational psychologist. The presentation is cheekily entitled “Why Do So Many Incompetent Men Become Leaders?” While the name does get a few chuckles from the crowd, the mood changes very quickly… Read more »