Believe in the Underdog

Laura Novakowski  -  Nov 09, 2011  -  , , , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Believe in the Underdog

A young girl believed in a horse she found him wandering in a field.  He was nothing but skin and bones.  She named him Pippin.

Watch this video, it’s amazing.  The song is Underdog by Lost Trailer.


When Do We Need Chaos?

Laura Novakowski  -  Nov 02, 2011  -  , , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on When Do We Need Chaos?
Just because the world, the economy and perhaps even our businesses are in turmoil, does not mean that we have to succumb to chaos.  Instead, we can appreciate that the chaos around us affords so many opportunities.
Friedrich Nietzsche helps put our receptiveness to chaos into perspective…
“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star.” 
So, when do we need chaos?
We need chaos when we…
  • have fixed on a plan and it’s the wrong plan
  • are in a relationship that is unhealthy
  • have found enough pain that something has to change
  • are settled in comfort and not prepared for a storm
  • have lost our perspective regarding what is significant and important
  • are acting on goals and objectives that are no longer relevant
What do you think?

Why Not Establish Key Elements for Leadership Success?

Laura Novakowski  -  Oct 26, 2011  -  , , , , ,  -  Comments Off on Why Not Establish Key Elements for Leadership Success?

“If your actions inspire others to dream more,
learn more,
do more and become more,
you are a leader.”
John Quincy Adams

Leadership is more than just a title or a position. Comprised of numerous and often undefined facets, leaders struggle until they define some simple, fundamental elements that can help to focus energy and talent around those leadership components that will have a positive impact on their business. For me, there are five elements that can help set apart the mediocre from the extraordinary in terms of leadership that can lead to ultimate business and life success.
    1. Results centered. The results centered person has not only clearly defined objectives and goals for themselves, but they always communicate and clarify those results to key stakeholders.
    2. Influence people. Not through coercion or manipulation, instead, the successful leader has the ability to inspire others to get on board with the key desired results.
    3. Initiate and manage change. Not waiting until the year end financials or customer service complaints arrive, successful leaders proactively measure and monitor consistently employee and customer interests and satisfaction.
    4. Business acumen. Understanding the critical elements of their business, successful leaders have an understanding of their products and/or services, as well as their roles and responsibilities.
    5. Build partnerships & teams. Leaders appreciate that without followers there is no need for leadership. Establishing strong relationships, selecting the right employees, the right partners and the right customers takes skill and talent.


Being labeled The Leader can be a daunting responsibility. Establishing key elements can help successful leaders focus time, talent and energy towards cultivating attributes that can lead to thriving relationships, growing business and sustainable communities. I thought I would share with you my key elements. Now, I am interested in learning what others identify as those key elements that have led them to business success.

I’m looking forward to hearing from you.

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