Browsing Archives of Author »Dr Gail Lewis«

The End Result is Often Not as Important as the Journey

August 31, 2013


For the most part, it’s been argued that the point is that you are there (where ever that is) regardless of how you got there. Well, sometimes, how you got there is just as, if not more important. Sometimes the value of the journey is worth sacrificing (albeit a controllable one) the outcome. In the […]

The Value of Problem Solving

August 15, 2013


Problem solving strategies provide a great deal of value in an organization’s efforts to implement lean principles.  Effective problem solving strategies allow the organization to drill down to the root cause and any contributing factors of safety incidents, quality spills, and variations to standardized processes.  These deviations can then be contained, controlled or completely eliminated.  […]

Do You Inspire?

August 7, 2013


Great leaders have the ability to motivate, if not inspire people to action.  The ability to conceptualize a vision and then communicate it to others in a manner that elicits excitement, passion and desire to see the vision realized are hallmarks of a great leader.  In this excellent TEDTalk, Simon Simek illustrates what he believes […]

The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neil TEDx

August 6, 2013


<a href="” title=”The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neil TEDx”>The Discipline of Finishing: Conor Neil TEDx Who would you bet on?  Excellent application of a Warren Buffett criteria…Not only should you ask yourself who would you bet on, you should also ask your self why should someone bet on you?    What criteria would you use? […]

A Word on Power…

July 23, 2013


The exercise of power is a reflection of the leader’s temperament, character, confidence and competence.  Failing to moderate the use of power can have negative consequences on the organization, particularly on the level of employee engagement.  As such, power and its use should be informed by two things…moderation and consideration. Moderation Power informed by moderation […]

Do What You Love

July 22, 2013


  While the ideal would be to do what you love and be able to make a successful living from it, the reality is that it may not be possible for everyone.  Not every passion can translate successfully into a wealth building opportunity, but that does not mean that you should not pursue it.  There […]

Have We “Leaned In” Enough?

July 9, 2013


There has been a great deal of ongoing dialogue regarding women and leadership generated by Sheryl Sandberg’s book, Lean In.  Sandberg’s book has thrust feminism, gender in the workplace, and developing women leaders to the forefront of our collective consciousness.  Countless women and men are having “aha” moments as they read of Sheryl’s experience and […]

We All Have Labels… (and not the designer ones)

July 2, 2013


We all have tags or labels, but the won’t define you personally or professionally based on how you manage them and yourself.  It’s important to recognize the labels that have been assigned to you by others so that you can effectively manage your brand.  You should feel empowered to overcome negative labels and capable of […]

Learning to Zig-Zag or Realizing that Success Isn’t Always a Straight Path

June 25, 2013


  The fastest point from A to B is a straight line, right? Not always.  Leaders recognize that in terms of career development, the best path is one that is focused on experiential learning and breadth of experience.  This means there may be lateral and forward motion, will little or no steps backward.  It can […]

WorkLife Balance or The Pig and Bacon versus The Chicken and Eggs

June 23, 2013


There has been much discussion regarding the topic of work life balance.  While some would argue that it is possible to strike a balance between the demands of work and the needs of your personal life, others would contend that there is no such thing.  Instead, they counter that there will be sacrifices, opportunity costs […]