About Gary Covert

As an advisor and coach to senior leaders, Gary helps leaders develop great teams, execute strategically, and innovate continuously.


By |2020-06-08T16:51:54+00:00June 8th, 2020|

From pandemic to protests, it has been a volatile couple of weeks. In a recent WSJ/NBC poll, a startling 80% of Americans feel that the country is spiraling out of control. In their book, Lifestorming, Alan Weiss and Marshall Goldsmith highlight the dynamic between internal control and external control. The [...]


Team Success Factors

By |2020-06-01T15:39:11+00:00June 1st, 2020|

The pandemic has affected businesses very differently. Some are doing great. Some are facing enormous challenges. For some, it is a mixed bag. But for the leaders that I talk to, they all have one thing in common: they do not feel that their teams are living up to their [...]


Using the Many Muscles of Innovation Leadership

By |2020-05-19T16:46:24+00:00May 19th, 2020|

Top trainers today (whether their clients are NFL athletes or actors getting ready for a movie superhero role) put a lot of emphasis on compound movements (squats, deadlifts, bench press, etc.) over isolating movements (biceps curls, leg extensions, etc.). The reason is that compound movements (movements that use complimentary sets [...]


Boosting Innovation Through High Touch + High Tech

By |2020-05-07T21:09:24+00:00May 7th, 2020|

There are two key considerations when optimizing the environments in which your organizations innovate.  Innovation environments need to be both high touch and high tech. High touch innovation environments are characterized by an engaged network of teams and leaders working together on ideas and bringing them to fruition. High tech [...]


WFH Success Factors

By |2020-05-04T17:54:27+00:00May 4th, 2020|

What traits are likely to be most important for effective remote work? It’s an important question given the likely adoption of more and more remote work by organizations. Dr. Dan Harrison (CEO of Harrison Assessments) has been doing some thinking on the subject and is encouraging leaders to consider traits [...]


Hard-won Gains

By |2020-04-27T22:09:30+00:00April 27th, 2020|

It is a lot easier to stay in shape than to get in shape. And it is ridiculously easy to get out of shape. Nobody needs to hire a trainer to make them sit on the couch and over-eat. When astronauts go to space, they dedicate valuable time to exercise [...]


An Innovation Lesson from the Pool Guy

By |2020-04-20T16:00:18+00:00April 20th, 2020|

I recently had a pool professional come and work on my pool. The water had gotten out of whack and it was suggested (confirmed with a second opinion) that the pool was overdue to be dumped, refilled, and started again. The pool guy’s job was to get the pump set [...]


Doors of Opportunity

By |2020-04-14T17:47:39+00:00April 14th, 2020|

These have been times of unprecedented changes, even for dogs. When we moved, our dog Candy went without a doggie door for two months. (We weren’t sure about the risk from coyotes etc and did not want to chance it.) Now she has her own door again, but is  confused [...]


Today’s Innovation Essentials

By |2020-04-12T17:36:28+00:00April 12th, 2020|

Everybody is being encouraged to innovate these days, but what should a leader actually do right now? I would suggest leaders assess and address today’s three essential innovation areas: leader mindset, team beliefs around innovation, and structure. These three areas are essential to innovation and are at risk to have [...]


Accelerate or Hesitate?

By |2020-03-23T20:40:34+00:00March 23rd, 2020|

It has been a crazy couple of weeks. Many of our assumptions about how this year will play out have been jettisoned. But while all the protocols to contain the coronavirus (like social distancing and restricted travel) have created great hardship, there is also great opportunity. Sales of home office [...]