January 28, 2021

Three powerful questions leaders ask to bring innovation and change to their organization!

    1. Why? – Dig to the root of motivation and reasons!
    2. What if? – Explore change in situation and scenario!
    3. Why not? – Uncover hidden fears and opportunities!

Listen to this week’s podcast to hear Christy and David unpack these questions from a real and practical perspective.

January 21, 2021

Are things around you still feeling wild and uncontrollable in 2021? But don’t we all feel that way? It is fair to say that we expect a much more positive and stable 2021 after the rollercoaster we lived in 2020. But that seems to be far from whatever we’re so far experiencing almost a month into the year. In this episode, Christy and David talk about the frenetic times that is 2021 and the changes that leaders need to make to navigate them. They talk about the importance of practicing simplicity and mindfulness as leaders and ensuring your team members do the same too.

– January 14, 2021

As we move to new year, Christy and David look at how to put together a leaders roadmap for success in 2021.

    1. reflect & assess
    2. set goals & mindset
    3. design activity and measurable

January 7, 2021

It would sure be nice to have a crystal ball and know what is coming in 2021! Today, Christy and David take a look at the possibilities that could be there for leaders in 2021. 

– December 17, 2020

Building on the current era of Industry 4.0 and Web 4.0, we frequently talk about 4.0 Leaders. This is a leader who has the skills to navigate the demands of this 4.0 era. We are still evolving from many years of productivity and production where we refer to this era and time period of leadership as the 2.0 leader.  The topic of leadership training and development was largely birthed during the time of the Second Industrial Revolution, which is why we say Leadership 2.0. The skills of the leaders at this time were about directing, orchestrating, and being in charge.

December 10, 2020

More states in the USA have announced “shut down” and “closure” of gyms, restaurants, etc. It is difficult because most have not experienced a “relief” since COVID started and if they were “going out” might have just started to feel a little comfortable. With Christmas décor going up, here in the USA, people want to be joyful and festive but struggle when “restrictions” limit what they can do and enjoy. It is challenging AND as leaders, we have to be aware of these dynamics. To ask people how they are, give them a chance to acknowledge and name it and support them to find new solutions. We have to find new solutions. 

 – December 3, 2020

In the past industrial era, there was a much greater reliance on data and analytics. The concrete study of data intelligence has been a gift to bring us to where we are today data has been collected and compressed to give us information that optimizes performance, efficacies, trends and patterns. Really it is the acceleration and the automation of this data collection and inversion that is expediting and upgrading how we work (AI technologies, the internet of things (IOT), etc.).

– November 23, 2020

In the evolving world of Industry 4.0 complexity is increasing. Leaders have to continue to upgrade their skills. While decision-making has always been a key skill for leadership, the new opportunity is to do it in a more dynamic way. In today’s podcast, David and Christy, explore the skills of DYNAMIC Decision-Making.

What it is

Why it’s different than decision-making in the past

Ways to develop it.

 – October 29, 2020

Today David and I jump into a topic to provide some context of where the term Leadership 4.0 comes from. I am not familiar with anyone else really using that term, but we are using it to match the current status and changes that are happening and influencing leadership today. We are currently in what is known as Industry 4.0 and Web 4.0. These terms speak to the current evolution we are in regarding the Industrial Era and the Web. Our leadership is great affected by what is happening around us.

– October 20, 2020

Leadership in 2020 has been a workout for most leaders. It had challenged leaders to assess their business and adapt to changing times. Today in The Innovative Leader Podcast, David and Christy look at four attributes that support leaders to keep moving forward. When times are simpler and things can just be maintained, it is easier to sluff off these leadership skills (not that sluffing is ever advised but leaders can get away with not challenging themselves as much). 

 – October 4, 2020

Have Challenging Goals: The Good to Great concept of the BHAG
  • what goal will challenge us?
  • what activates you to drive or push forward?
  • what is so big you will not give up?
  • why does this goal matter?
  • where does it take us?

 – September 26, 2020


After an unpredictable and ever-changing year (2020), many leaders and businesses have found themselves adapting for the majority of the year. With the unknown of COVID and other challenges around us today, it can be tempting to wait until things settle down before really getting traction on goals. If anything is “normal” right now, it is CHANGE. Therefore, leaders need to embrace moving forward, while there are change and uncertainty.

 – September 16, 2020


Often when we have challenges with a underperforming team member, we can quickly feel frustrated at the gap. When team members are struggling in their role it can drain time and energy from the team. It limits productivity, progress and results. In today’s podcast, David Phillips and Christy Geiger are going to talk about three key steps in hiring great people who do a great job and created great organizations. As leaders it is our job to cast clear direction and to set people up for success. 

 – September 10, 2020


The acronym is used to help describe and reflect on the volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity of general conditions and situations in the world “today”. While aspects of the VUCA world have been around for over 40 years, COVID brings a new level for leaders across the globe. Times like these can cause a leader to feel like they need to wait or hang on for the ride, but really they are times when leaders need to upgrade their skills and navigate through. 

 – September 6, 2020


Handling every day stress is a challenge few of us actually know how to temper. A messy situation raises the level of our stress and impacts our ability to clearly asses the situation we find ourselves into. For our mundane stress enhancing situations we may instinctively find a way to cope and overcome the challenge but what happens when we are leaders of organisations and our business depends on our ability to handle our levels of stress and clear situation assessment? Check out the episode to find out 3 tools we can equip ourselves to find the clarity in chaos and in the same time to boost our mind and health.

 – August 16, 2020


There are several versions of this adage: “What you celebrate gets repeat.” Or, “What you reward gets repeated”. Well here’s another to consider: What you allow, you promote!

So the question is, what are you allowing to just happen in your organization? When you let other people do whatever they wish, you are implicitly promoting it. So we need to be aware of what’s happening in our organization so that we can be sure that what’s happening, is actually something we would be happen to promote.

 – August 5, 2020


COVID is pushing organizations to live and function within uncertainty. We don’t know when restrictions will end, when people can congregate again, when it will all be over (if it ever will be). Leadership 4.0 can help us function and lead during this time.

In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at Leadership 4.0, how Covid is moving organizations in this direction, and how to lead in this uncertain time. 

 – August 5, 2020


The COVID pandemic has made life difficult for so many. It’s emotionally and mentally tiring. We have to worry about the health of our family and friends. But there are other stressors too, such as finances, and school, and our social connections.

Many of us are trying to lead teams who are in survival mode. On this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at how to do that.

 – June 16, 2020


The Healthy Mind Platter is a brain health model developed by David Rock and Dr Dan Siegel. It describes seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being. In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at the first two of these, Focus Time and Play Time.

  • Focus Time – When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
  • Play Time – When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.

The Healthy Mind Platter is a brain health model developed by David Rock and Dr Dan Siegel. It describes seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being. In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at the three additional activities, Connecting, Physical, and Sleep Time.

  • Connecting Time – When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.
  • Physical Time – When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
  • Sleep Time -When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.

The Healthy Mind Platter is a brain health model developed by David Rock and Dr Dan Siegel. It describes seven daily essential mental activities to optimize brain matter and create well-being. In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at the three additional activities, Time In, and Down time.

  • Time In: When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
  • Down Time: When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.

– June 9, 2020


What do we do when things go south? In this episode of the Innovative Leader, we talk about leadership awareness and how to navigation of the frontal lobe (sage) vs limbic system (lizard).

Emotions are real, and play a very powerful force in leadership. As such, we need to learn how to recognize them, address them in a kind way, and lead through them.

The human tendency is to rationalize, and minimize emotions. But emotions are the basis for all our actions. Neuroscience has demonstrated this over the past decade.

 – May 26, 2020


Here’s the struggle: How do we get things done? Why do some companies get things done and others struggle? As a leader, you can be in a car or on a plane. The car has to travel on a road, with boundaries and roadblocks. Planes, however, travel in multi-dimensional lanes, with coordinates and altitudes, and speeds. Sometimes we grow attached to the “vehicle” we are used too, which for many of us has been the car. We’ve been there for a long time and we struggle to understand how to pilot a “plane”.

 – May 20, 2020


The challenge: How can leaders navigate forward with innovation while followers are still in SCARF mode in the present and not ready to move forward.

Leaders can help themselves in 3 ways:

1. Awareness: interact in real, human and casual meetings. Talk about life with your team, not work. Try to understand where they are in the middle of challenging times. Be aware of the emotional state of your team. Be curious and ask questions. COVID-19 has a limbic impact. 

 – May 6, 2020


In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at the differences between leaders with a 2.0 framework and leaders in a 4.0 framework in these three areas:

    1. How we work, act, and set up processes
    2. How we make decisions.
    3. How we communicate.

We also explore a brief understanding of what leadership 2.0 and leadership 4.0 are.

 – May 6, 2020


Leaders have to deal with planning and decision-making during challenging times. In this episode of The Innovative Leader, we look at the differences between 4.0 leaders and 2.0 leaders in these two areas.

 – April 26, 2020


In this episode of Innovative Leaders, we look at how we can apply Organizational Change Theory to support leaders to innovate and adapt in challenging times.

The steps to this process include:

Step 1. Gather Group/Team

Step 2. Define current reality: Where did we come from – how did we get here…

Step 3. Develop a new adapted strategy

 – April 20, 2020


During this period where everyone is telling us to be patient, that doesn’t mean we have to hit the pause button on innovation. In fact, in some areas, there has never been a better time to innovate or a more captive audience for innovation.

In this episode of The Innovative Leader, Christy and David look at this topic and explore ways to be innovative during a quarantine.

 – April 10, 2020


As April 2020 opens, and the COVID-19/Corona virus pandemic has unleashed its global impact, Christy Geiger and David Phillips consider the 5 P’s that leaders need to focus on during this time. Whether you are leading yourself, your family, your business … these 5 areas of focus help you to tap your superpowers as a leader and person. There is a lot of noise right now and giving yourself a few key areas to focus and build your time and activities around will support you to thrive during a turbulent time.  Listen to the podcast to reflect on how these 5 keys can support your highest performance: Presence, Perspective, People, Pivot, Planning.

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