Insightful Ideas

Learn more about our leadership expertise and topics related to business acumen, strategy execution, new leadership and finding your own personal balance of leadership.

Why is Financial Literacy Important for Leaders?

WHAT IS FINANCIAL LITERACY? Financial literacy is the ability to read and use common financial reports and ratios to assess business performance. There is enormous value to a leader in understanding this building block of business acumen. It allows a leader to make informed decisions and project the financial impact of their day to day choices. It makes a leader more confident and more competent in his or her role. It is difficult to be a strong player in any game if you can’t read the scorecard.   

Beyond the Lecture: Experiential Learning for Large Groups

Think learning in ballrooms is boring? Learn how to get your participants energized in a high-context experience that gets people talking and engaging in real business issues. We'll share the 4 powerful concepts for making learning high-impact for groups of 60-2000. Insight Experience's unique large-scale simulation design engages participants with a set of real world scenarios, real time results, and both team and individual feedback. Learn what caused one Fortune 100 executive to state, "Wow! This was the best learning experience I've seen in 20 years."

The Misconception about Innovation

The pursuit of innovation is at an all time high. In the U.S. alone, 145 billion dollars are spent annually by enterprises in an attempt to disrupt the market within which they operate. Fostering innovation is the number one priority for global companies over the next three years.1

Is Your Strategy Execution Like a Changing of the Guard?

If you have ever seen the “Changing of the Guard” at Buckingham Palace in London, you know that it is executed with detailed precision; all body parts moving in complete synchronicity. In spite of its great entertainment value, this popular ceremony is more than a global tourist attraction. It is part of a centuries’ old process that requires years of training, discipline, and focus. 

Trust in the Workplace

"Trust is the lubrication that makes it possible for organizations to work." --Warren Bennis1

The Danger of GPS for Leadership

We are losing our ability to read maps. Thanks to navigation systems, Google maps, Waze and their like, most of us simply have to have a good address for our destination in order to get somewhere, anywhere in the world. We no longer have to puzzle about the best route, nor do we even have a sense of the journey ahead when we set out. We simply listen for the next immediate instruction. In many ways it’s a miracle. It opens our horizons (who knew that little lane would bring me out to this intersection?) and makes us more efficient.

Inspire Discretionary Effort by Knowing What You Stand For

Every successful leader must grapple with and answer this fundamental question: What do you stand for? A key element of leadership is tapping the hearts and minds and the discretionary effort of others. This happens when people understand and believe in what you believe.