How to Create a Listening Ecosystem

Posted by Kristin Luck

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It’s easy, in the more senior stages of your career, to fall victim to the fallacy that you know more than you really do. I wrote about this common mistake in a February 2021 blog post where I highlighted a podcast featuring Professor Adam Grant called “The Easiest Person to Fool”.

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Topics: Thought Leadership

The Easiest Person to Fool

Posted by Kristin Luck

The Easiest Person to Fool_ScaleHouse

Physicist Richard Feynman once said, “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.” One way we fool ourselves is by imagining we know more than we do; we think we are experts in subjects that we are in fact, not.

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Topics: Thought Leadership

Why It's Never Too Late to Learn New Things

Posted by Kristin Luck

Why its Not Too Late to Learn New Skills

Back in 2019, Wharton’s J. Daniel Kim published research that the average age of the most successful entrepreneurs is…..45. This bucks the long-held belief that to be an entrepreneur (or at least a successful one), you need to start a firm in your teens or 20’s– and because the stories of entrepreneurs like Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates get so much media attention, it’s easy to think of their stories as the norm rather than as the exception.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy

All the Employee (Engagement) Feels

Posted by Kristin Luck

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Well, here we are; Q4 2020. When staff first started to work from home in Q1 (depending on where you are in the world), it’s unlikely many of us imagined we’d still be managing an almost entirely remote staff today.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Leadership

The Case for Narrative Intelligence

Posted by Kristin Luck

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Late last week Christina Blacken (Founder of The NewQuo.com) kindly shared with me a paper she’d authored titled “Change the Status Quo Through Your Narrative Intelligence”. What’s “narrative intelligence”? Blacken writes “it is the ability to leverage the psychological power of story to change behavior and inspire action.”

If you’ve spent any time in the marketing research or marketing performance sector (where I still spend a good chunk of my consulting hours), storytelling is paramount to delivering truly meaningful insights. Yet management teams seem to largely rely on traditional leadership practices, or as Blacken notes in her paper, those driven by “fear driven narratives around money, success, identity and leadership.”

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Leadership

The Core Competency Your Leadership Team Needs

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If you’ve made it this far into 2020 and you’re still standing, chances are you have at least a dozen different examples of pivots you’ve made to both your personal and professional plans. Twenty-twenty has, if nothing else, kept us on our toes. One of the most common questions we’re asked is what differentiates companies that turn this 2020 plot twist into profit versus those who don’t. The answer isn’t something these companies do but instead, something these companies have. It’s something every leader should focus on: mental agility.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Leadership

4 Tactics to Kick-start Your Personal Brand

Posted by Kristin Luck

4 Tactics to Kick-start Your Personal Brand

With nearly record levels of unemployment globally and an ultra-competitive business marketplace, a strong personal brand can you set you, or your company, apart. Unfortunately, for many, a personal brand is often perceived as something only ownable by industry luminaries, or only worth focusing on once a certain career level has been achieved. So, what to do if you’ve under invested in the creation of it?

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Topics: Brand Strategy, Thought Leadership

Your "Season of Growth" Reading List

Posted by Kristin Luck

Your Season of Growth Reading List

With travel at a standstill for most of the world, most vacations are turning into “staycations”. Regardless of how you’re spending your downtime this year, at ScaleHouse we’re advocates for continuous learning. Here are some of our favorite business reads that you can sprinkle in between murder mysteries (or the book genre of your pick!).

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy, Scale

Burst Your Pandemic Bubble by Collaborating

Burst Your Pandemic Bubble by Collaborating

Remember when open floor plans were the business world’s solution to collaboration and innovation? The concept of promoting collaboration was well-intended, but the idea of sitting mere inches from your colleagues seems foreign now and may become the stuff of urban legends. 

It is easy to “bubble up” these days, to find yourself in a routine of siloed work, interacting mostly with the same group of teammates and colleagues. Instead of battling the annoyance of the office loud-talker, now we’re navigating Zoom fatigue.

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Topics: Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy

Why an economic downturn is the perfect time for…..

Posted by Kristin Luck

An Econominc Downturn is the Perfect Time For

Whether you’re thriving or just focused on surviving in business in these tumultuous times, there are a few key activities you should consider:

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Topics: Marketing Strategy, Thought Leadership, Growth Strategy

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