The Leadership Challenge: Narcissism – 10 Tips!

The Point: Some leaders go far beyond the abnormal ways of functioning in leading the business… They go right into the deep end of the narcissism pool!So that got us thinking here at Tip of the Spear Ventures, what would you do with a leader that loves themselves/their work-product far more than their stakeholders/organizational output? We see this … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Recruiting Top Talent – 4 Tips!

The Point: At Tip of the Spear we know that the best strategic plans and the best processes often come-up far short of potential. Why? Regardless of the strategic plan or the processes in place in the corporate workplace today, if you don’t have the talent to execute both with precision, you’ll fail – And it all begins/ends with how you go about … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Swearing – 1 Tip!

The Point: We’ve all had those heated moments of leadership where using swear words seems like an appropriate choice. Call it lazy, call it a limited vocabulary, call it an attempt to add “humor” or levity to a situation, hey you can even call it getting your “street cred” in certain situations! But are any of these situations appropriate to swear? … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Indifference – 3 Tips!

The Point: We all want leaders to lead with their “skin” so to speak in the game. Leaders that are so vested in the outcome of the operation that “whatever it takes” is not only the organizational motto, but performance measuring stick for what's the desired result achieved (and if not, why not?) But what if your leadership team, or you, are not … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Launching a New Business – 3 Tips!

The Point: We all love the success stories associated with launching a new business that are bantered about in the media. 20-30x returns are often reported to those early investors who were daring enough to participate in fund raising. However, what happens to the ideas that don’t get launched successfully? What becomes of the leaders who fail(ed)? … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: The Yoda Process to Meeting Success – 4 Tips!

The Point: Have you ever been in one of those meetings where the leader ram-rod home point after point, only to have everyone participating withdraw further and further from the team’s mission? How about if your meetings just don’t have a high level of candor/commitment present? If so, then this special May 4th Star Wars themed leadership challenge … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Trumped!

The Point: When you think the leadership challenges of the universe are conspiring against you and failure is at hand, you had better figure out a way to gain advantage so as to leave stakeholders trumped. In this post, we’ll explore the trumped phenomenas at play so you can overcome just such leadership challenges… Enjoy! Divided … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Holacracy (like Zappos) – 5 Tips!

The Point: What would your organization be like if your employees lead themselves? Would it be better, or would it be worse? Tony Hsieh of Zappos after hearing Brian Robertson (a software company CEO and therefore people expert) bet that his organization would be better… Considerably better! In the short term, Holacracy at Zappos appears to be a … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Innovator or A$$hole – 5 Tips!

The Point: In a constant drive for success and achievement, most leaders find themselves challenged with how best to spur on the creativity of their team to produce innovative results. However, 9/10 (but who’s counting?) this drive for innovation is misconstrued for a$$hole (Yes, that’s the word you’re thinking of - ahole!) behavior. In this post, … [Read more...]

The Leadership Challenge: Title Dilution – 3 Tips!

The Point: If you’re an achiever in your career, your title not only represents what you do BUT your accomplishments as well. So what happens if you’re at an organization that elects to water-down or dilute titles so that everyone appears to be harmonious/at the same level operating as an entire team? In this post we’ll examine the leadership … [Read more...]