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Conflict Is An Opportunity – FREE New White Paper

January 5, 2017

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TAG is pleased to offer our newest white paper, based on our book Red Zone/Blue Zone: Turning Conflict Into Opportunity by Joe Jurkowski, Jim Osterhaus, and Todd Hahn, which is available here.

Leaders from organizations of all sizes and from every sector have been helped by the book, which demonstrates how conflict, from from being our enemy, can be our ally – offering an unparalleled opportunity for self-awareness, creativity, and increased team performance.

Our new FREE white paper, available for immediate download, introduces the concepts of Red Zone/Blue Zone so that you can begin to thrive through conflict today!

To download, simply click here.

The Personal Energy Test

January 2, 2017

Think about the last time you went home at the end of the day happy and full of energy. If you work at home, think about the last time the sun went down and you were more full of energy than when the day had started.

Now, think about these two questions:

-What had you done that day?
-What particular talents were you tapping into that day?

Now, think about the last time you went home at the end of the day drained and exhausted, maybe even a little depressed. If you work at home, think about the last time the sun went down and you were listless and exhausted and relieved that the day was almost over.

Consider these two questions:

-What had you done that day?
-What particular talents that you have were you NOT tapping into that day?

These are great diagnostic questions to help you live more intentionally and to up your energy level.

Make it your goal to organize your life in such a way that you do more of the things that energize you and less of the things that drain you. We promise you will be a more effective leader for it.

And if you can create a culture where those on your team can spend more time on the things that bring them energy, your organization will be better for it.

Quick, Change Something – Now!

January 2, 2017


There’s no better time to disrupt the status quo than at the dawn of a New Year. Calendars are clicked over, resolutions are made, there is a general sense that it’s time for a fresh start. But the time to make disruptive changes is a short one – the status quo tends to fight its way to the top of the heap in short order.

This is simply the normal course of things – all organizations tend to maintain the status quo.

This is true whether the organization is a business, a family, a government agency, or a not-for-profit.

We’re comfortable with the status quo, even if we know it could be better, and often we will work vigorously to protect it. It’s just the way systems work.

One of the main tasks of a leader is to disrupt the status quo, to bring change. The problem is that often we don’t know how to do it.

So, we rely on what has worked before. If we’re in a leadership position, something we have done in the past has worked and so we keep trying that again and again…until it doesn’t work anymore.

You know the adage – if the only tool you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail. If you have a go-to approach for problem-solving, you will be tempted to use it over and over again.

Until yesterday’s solution becomes today’s problem.

In our book, The Leadership Triangle, co-authored by Kevin Graham Ford and Ken Tucker, we make the case that there are three different types of leadership challenges, each of which require a different kind of leadership solution (what we call an Option).

The Strategic Option is the first type of response. A strategic challenge arises when something in the environment external to your organization has changed in a way that impacts the organization. Maybe your customers’ preferences or values have shifted. Maybe a technological advance has disrupted your industry. Maybe a competitor has innovated in a way that threatens your market share. Maybe something has shifted in the regulatory environment and your rules of engagement are now different.

Whatever the case, your internal status quo has been disrupted by a change in the external status quo and you must change in order to remain relevant.

How do you do that, as a leader?

We suggest that you gather your team (after you have gathered your wits!) and run through this series of questions designed to grapple with your strategic challenge and move toward a wise and timely use of the Strategic Option:

  • What do we say yes to, that we should say no to?
  • What does our customer really value?
  • How are our competitors doing things differently than they used to?
  • What new competitors have emerged?
  • Who is our target audience, really?
  • What workarounds have our frontline employees adopted that could teach us something?
  • If we could create a niche for ourselves where we would be #1, what would that niche be?
  • What legacy will future leaders say we left behind for them?

If you wrestle with these questions and their answers, you will be much better equipped to deal with external disruptions, disrupt the status quo, and make wise and winning strategic decisions.

To read much more about the Strategic Option, check out The Leadership Triangle  on this page.

To learn more about how TAG’s team of experienced change leaders and status quo-disruptors can help your organization Discover its next best moves, click here.