Helanie Scott

August 20, 2012

You Can’t Be Blindsided If You Don’t Have a Blind Side

The four-eyed fish can see above and below water at the same time. Mother nature gave this perceptive creature bifocal lenses. The bottom half of each eye sees clearly underwater, the top sees clearly above. Not a bad adaptation. And then there’s the dragonfly. Its eyes wrap around most of its head, so that it can see virtually everywhere. And we think we’re so clever! Our eyes have relatively limited peripheral vision compared to many of our mammal cousins. Our […]
July 23, 2012

Sustainable Change. Isn’t that a Contradiction?

Sustain means to maintain a steady course, while change means just about the opposite. Yet sustainable change is not a contradiction. It’s part of what you need to keep your organization ready to deal with the unexpected. It would be nice to get your organization right where you want it, to have it running just the way you like, and keep it that way. Unfortunately nothing is more constant than change. Just ask any political candidate currently running for office […]
July 9, 2012

Leadership Intimacy. It’s All About You.

Leadership springs from what you believe, how you act, how you learn, and how you improve. But you and your success are just the beginning. To leverage your ability, your power, and your success, you have to multiply it. And that requires you to lead. To lead others, you have to begin by leading yourself. Only after you know yourself, what you believe, and what you stand for—in the most intimate way—can you expect to lead and coach others. Would […]
June 11, 2012

Good News/Bad News for HR Executives

First the bad news: Research says corporations spend between 2 and 10 percent of employee compensation on leadership development and get mediocre results. Another study says that only 35 percent of HR directors and 21 percent of other executives believe that their current training and development programs meet corporate strategic objectives. Hold on, it gets worse. Between 75 and 80 percent of today’s workforce is not engaged. That means even though they’re in the office moving paper, their hearts just […]