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Leaders Weigh in on Achieving Breakthrough Results – A Frontline Festival

by | Oct 17, 2014 | By Karin Hurt, Frontline Festival |

Welcome back to the Let’s Grow Leaders Frontline Festival. Our October Festival is all about Achieving Breakthrough Results.  Thanks to Joy and Tom Guthrie of Vizwerx Group for the great pic and to all our contributors!

Culture and Teamwork

“Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships.” – Michael Jordan

Organizations have many walls that hamper culture, development, and operations. Leaders can identify these barriers and work to break them down to create a more open workplace. Paul LaRue of The Upwards Leader shares How Leadership Can Break Down Walls.  Follow Paul.

Jim Bouchard of The Sensei Leader shares that leadership by example should be part of the culture at every rank. This expands the capability and power of every individual. Follow Jim.

Want to get the most out of your time and your team? Leadership Coach Julie Pierce of Empowered by Pierce shares the most successful approach to take.  Follow Julie.

All of us have a relationship or two that could use some attention. Unless you consciously and deliberately weigh in on the cost of that relationship and make a decision to improve it, nothing will change. Thanks, John Stoker of Dialogue Works.  Follow John.


“Sound strategy starts with having the right goal.” – Michael Porter

“You’re Just Not Strategic Enough for Me.” Have you gotten that feedback? Ouch! That’s almost as bad as “let’s just be friends.” But have no fear, you can learn to be more strategic! Dan McCarthy of About.com Management and Leadership shares How to be a More Strategic Manager to find out how.  Follow Dan.

We all need effective strategy to win. But that strategy is dead letter unless you put it into action with projects.  Learn how projects bring strategy ideas to life with this piece from Bruce Harpham of Project Management Hacks.  Follow Bruce.

Lisa Kohn of Thoughtful Leaders Blog presents, “The Magic of Butterscotch Ripple” where she shares that great results often come from tremendous effort, especially when time is taken to remember that more than just effort is required to make things happen. Follow Lisa.

Bob Whipple of the Trust Ambassador suggest that If you are tired of poor performance, you might want to try less control. Sounds backward, but it really works. Read on…  Follow Bob.


“Changing the game is a mindset.” – Robert Rodriguez

Contrary to popular wisdom, leaders who focus exclusively on results aren’t likely to achieve them. David Dye of Trailblaze provides advice on how to manage your focus so that you achieve results, get to the top of the mountain…withoutbreaking your ankle. Follow David.

While we love our “bottom line” tangible measures of results, Beth Beutler of H.O.P.E. Unlimited shares that some of our efforts cannot be recorded–and that’s okay. Follow Beth.

Too often, we make life more complex than needed. The simplicity of life embraces making good choices and taking the extra effort,  a simple life formula,says Jon Mertz of Thin Difference. Follow Jon.


“If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.” – Lao Tzu

Whether you’re at your wit’s end with your job, your boss, or your business, you can change your results by uncovering, evaluating and breaking the rules that dictate what you, and others, can and can’t do. Alli Polin of Break the Frame gives you five steps.  Follow Alli.

The world is changing rapidly with decisions, challenges and pressure coming at us from many different directions. Leaders are expected to step into the fray and provide the right direction to the organization.   Scott Mabry of Elumn8 presents Six Attributes of Proactive Leadership. Follow Scott.

Do you wish senior leaders would change your organization? Instead of waiting for them, you can create the break-through you desire. Jesse Lynn Stoner of Seapoint Center shares that change can start wherever you are. Follow Jesse.

Jeff Harmon of Brilliance Within shares that what got you here won’t get you there. If you want something to change, something must change and upgrading how you lead provides the largest opportunity to upgrade the results you get. Follow Jeff.

Susan Mazza of Random Acts of Leadership says “Change doesn’t just happen – it is a response to being challenged. So if you want to make a change in yourself, you need to take on a challenge big enough to change you.” Follow Susan.

Personal and Organizational Growth

“We occasionally stumble over the TRUTH but most of us pick ourselves up and hurry off as if nothing had happened.” Winston Churchill

Chery Gegleman  of  Simply Understanding asks, “Are you as a leader stumbling over truths that are limiting your results?”  Follow Chery.

If you want to do something great, be prepared to work really hard. That’s what Wally Bock of Three Star Leadership wants you to know. Follow Wally.

Linda Fisher Thornton of Leading in Context reminds us that we are the beacons of trust in our organizations. If we want to create productive high-trust workplaces, we must start with ourselves, remembering that what we do, others will follow.  Follow Linda.

Chantal Bechervaise of Take It Personal-ly suggests going first is summoning up the courage to step outside your comfort zone and try something new.  Follow Chantal.

John Hunter of Curious Cat Management Improvement Blog believes breakthrough results are rarely due to one great insight or new tactic, but are instead created by organizations that continually improve their organization’s management system. Follow John.

Achieving breakthrough results begins with understanding your personality type. This process will aid you in enhancing your team building, project management, listening, and communication skills. Thanks, Artika Tyner of Planting People, Growing Justice  Follow Artika.

To make the leap from successful to very successful, there are four things you must learn to do. In studying the most successful people in history, I’ve found that each of them clearly learned to do each of these. Thanks Matt McWilliams of MattMcWilliams.com.  Follow Matt.

Bill Benoist of Leadership Heart Coaching reminds us that  when we stay inside our box, we limit our goals to what feels comfortable for us. Even when we raise the bar, we are doing so within the constraints of our box.  When we create big hairy audacious goals, we get rid of the box.  Follow Bill. 

Call for Submissions. November’s Frontline Festival is about Worklife Balance Integration. Please send your submissions no later than November 14th. New participants welcome.  Click here to join in!

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  1. Steve Borek

    I focus on finding out who they really are and build from there. This step cannot be overstepped if they want true success.

    • Karin Hurt

      Steve. Totally with you on that. Thanks.

  2. Abby Perkins

    Thanks for including me in such excellent company! Some great and inspiring thoughts on culture, growth and goals.

  3. Bruce Harpham

    What an excellent selection. Thanks for including my article on strategic project management.

    I enjoyed reading Dan McCarthy’s article “Hot To be a More Strategic Manager.”


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Karin Hurt

Karin Hurt helps human-centered leaders find clarity in uncertainty, drive innovation, and achieve breakthrough results.  She’s the founder and CEO of Let’s Grow Leaders, an international leadership development and training firm known for practical tools and leadership development programs that stick. She’s the award-winning author of four books including Courageous Cultures: How to Build Teams of Micro-Innovators, Problem Solvers, and Customer Advocates and Winning Well: A Manager’s Guide to Getting Results-Without Losing Your Soul and a hosts the popular Asking For a Friend Vlog on LinkedIn. A former Verizon Wireless executive, Karin was named to Inc. Magazine’s list of great leadership speakers. Karin and her husband and business partner, David Dye, are committed to their philanthropic initiative, Winning Wells – building clean water wells for the people of Cambodia.

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