About Gary Covert

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

Getting the Most Out of D&I Initiatives

By |2020-08-17T16:01:03+00:00August 17th, 2020|

When I was a kid, Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups was selling their candy by highlighting that two good tastes were even better together. Anyone else remember those old TV ads? Two people would bump into each other, then one would say “you got your peanut butter on my chocolate” while [...]


Half-baked Ideas

By |2020-08-10T14:39:56+00:00August 10th, 2020|

In a recent workshop, a senior leader remarked that he had never considered half-baked ideas to  be very valuable. He previously thought that ideas needed to be fully formed before they could see the light of day. The fact is that many valuable ideas don’t look like much when they [...]


Using Urgency Intelligently

By |2020-08-04T16:51:00+00:00August 4th, 2020|

A key ingredient to get high value things done is the belief that it actually matters. And nothing turns up the heat like a shared sense of urgency. REAL urgency can be a savvy leader’s superpower, but it CAN be frittered away. Keep these four points in mind to make [...]


Seeing What to Save

By |2020-08-02T20:54:36+00:00August 2nd, 2020|

Visibility about what to support is one of the biggest obstacles leaders have when making tough decisions today. Line item expense numbers are easy to see---and easy to cut. What’s hard to see are the initiatives to feed…and that’s another good reason to have an innovation management platform. Otherwise: baby [...]


Persistent and Practical

By |2020-08-02T20:51:00+00:00August 2nd, 2020|

The Boys in the Boat is the story of a collegiate rowing crew from the University of Washington and their pursuit of Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, hosted by Hilter’s Germany. While the entire story is epic, one aspect that stands out for me is the optimistic and persistent [...]


While you (wished) you were sleeping

By |2020-07-27T14:19:15+00:00July 26th, 2020|

Some days we might wish we could just wake up and all the uncertainty caused by Covid-19 would be over. Unfortunately, that’s a luxury few of us can afford. There are some tough challenges to handle in the short-term. But let’s not forget that there is a lot of good [...]



By |2020-07-26T20:00:57+00:00July 19th, 2020|

By any standard, we are in very uncertain times. The world is coping with the health aspects of a pandemic as well as from the related economic fallout. If that were not enough, we are in the middle of an election cycle with elements from either extreme acting like children. [...]


If you are happy and you know it…

By |2020-07-13T15:38:58+00:00July 13th, 2020|

My wife recently sent out a cute little postcard to her travel clients. It featured a dinosaur whose arms were too short to clap, with the caption “If you’re happy and you know it, clap your…oh.” Everybody who has grown up in the US has heard this little children’s song. [...]


Applied Creativity for the Long Haul

By |2020-07-06T15:13:19+00:00July 5th, 2020|

Is your "Good Idea Machine" ready for what's coming? Many leaders are observing that the move of offices to remote work has been remarkably smooth, with little to no impact on productivity. It is why many leaders are not in a hurry to take any risks about the move back [...]


Open for Ideas: don’t just SAY, it SHOW it

By |2020-07-02T23:02:35+00:00July 2nd, 2020|

How well do you SHOW openness to ideas? The many leaders I talk to will say that they are in the market for new ideas. AT THE SAME TIME  many of the people I talk to in organizations, will say that they feel that their opinions don’t really matter that [...]