Blog posts written by Randy Grieser

How to Communicate in a Crisis

Randy Grieser

crisis, communicate, communication, covid-19, coronavirus, pandemic, workplace culture, leadership, management

I have been communicating a lot over the last two weeks – with our leadership team, with our staff, and with our clients. The disruption COVID-19 has made to our business, and the speed of decisions we as an organization have made as a result is unprecedented. As a training organization, we are in the business of bringing people together … Read More

5 Keys to Leading Innovation

Randy Grieser

innovation, leadership, leaders, workplace culture

[Excerpt from The Ordinary Leader] As children, my siblings and I never had a shortage of ideas, and many of them were actually implemented in some form or another.  If an idea didn’t pan out, we would move on to the next one.  Being curious and creative was natural for us.  If we had an idea, we would pursue it.  … Read More

What If Your Organization Didn’t Exist?

Randy Grieser

Image of invisible man standing with folded arms over his chest, ACHIEVE leadership training

Purpose should matter not only to employees. It should matter to our customers, clients, and the broader community as well. Every organization needs external people to be invested in its purpose in order to survive in the long run. Throughout history, businesses, not-for-profits, and government agencies have come and gone. Some have been missed for a moment, but most have … Read More

Know Yourself – Self-Awareness for Strong Leadership

Randy Grieser

Who are you?  Really! What makes you tick, what gets you going? What are you good at?  What are you bad at?  Self-aware leaders continually ask themselves these questions.  They are curious, they seek out information and welcome the answers. Taking the time to be self-aware, to really consider one’s strengths and weaknesses, to build self-understanding, is not something that … Read More

The Talent Shortage Myth

Randy Grieser

Organizations are who they hire. Whether an organization succeeds, or even survives, ultimately comes down to the talent and cultural fit of the people who work there. I work hard, I am dedicated, and I am a driven leader, but I can’t run my organization alone. Much of what we have accomplished as an organization is a result of who … Read More

Vision – Communicate & Involve Others

Randy Grieser

Vision is our view of the future. Vision is the portrait of our hopes and dreams. It is our mental picture of what might be, but is not yet. Vision gives us a sense of purpose and guides us as we work in the present. In organizations, a vision statement articulates what the organization aspires to accomplish. Organizations need a … Read More

Lessons About Passion from Warren Buffett

Randy Grieser

One of my all-time favorite books is Warren Buffett’s biography, Tap Dancing to Work. Buffett is a man of passion who continues to love what he does. Well into his 80s he keeps doing what he’s been doing because of passion, not for money. In fact, Buffett has pledged to give away 99 percent of his wealth either during his … Read More

The Self-Aware Leader

Randy Grieser

Taking the time to be self-aware, to really consider one’s strengths and weaknesses, is not something most leaders do very often. They are usually too busy focusing on the seemingly more urgent tasks of any given day to take time for self-reflection. Developing and practicing self-awareness may not get the attention it warrants, yet it is one of the most … Read More

The Importance of Visionary Leadership

Randy Grieser

climbing ladder

Vision is our view of the future. Vision is the portrait of our hopes and dreams. It is our mental picture of what might be, but is not yet. Vision gives us a sense of purpose and guides us as we work in the present. In organizations, a vision statement articulates what the organization aspires to accomplish. Visionary leaders energize … Read More

The Secret to Sustained Motivation

Randy Grieser

Motivation 101 The root of motivation is motive. Webster’s New Collegiate Dictionary describes motive as “something (a need or desire) that causes a person to act.” Motive is the reason we do some things and not others. We must first become aware of our desire or need and then choose whether or not the task at hand warrants our highest … Read More