About Gary Covert

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

Keep the Observing and Sharing Habit

By |2020-07-01T15:28:33+00:00July 1st, 2020|

As part of her training to become an assassin, Arya Stark in the Game of Thrones series  (remember the simpler era of fantasy dragons and “white walkers”?) was tasked with always reporting three new things she had learned to her teacher. Observing and sharing what is going on in the [...]


Wait, what? My Wine can get Flabby too??

By |2020-06-29T15:31:08+00:00June 29th, 2020|

“I think your wine went flabby.” That was the word we got from a wine expert when we were telling her about a special wine we finally opened and with which we had a poor experience. Kim had gotten the wine from a winery owner in France when she travelled [...]


Innovation IRR

By |2020-06-23T20:49:08+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

Innovation (whether the investment is in a formal innovation program, capital outlays for specific R&D, leadership training, or simply time and attention) is NOT free. There are costs involved. But what is the return? Obviously we get RESULTS from innovation (better market position, delighted customers, novel products, and better processes), [...]


The Future Self says “Thank You”

By |2020-06-23T19:47:39+00:00June 23rd, 2020|

We carve out time for things like exercise, cooking nutritious meals, reading, church, meditation, etc. mostly because they are good for our FUTURE SELVES. Out future selves are grateful that we do. Good habits do not happen by accident, they happen because of discipline and intention. #Leaders should exercise the [...]


The “Curse” of Interesting Times

By |2020-06-22T18:32:48+00:00June 22nd, 2020|

Anyone can make money when markets are great. The worst poker players still do well if they have all the best cards. The same can be said of leaders. It’s easy to look like a great leader when factors affecting business are predictable and the money is just rolling in. [...]


Innovation Requires DISCRETIONARY Effort

By |2020-06-18T18:22:17+00:00June 18th, 2020|

Leaders need to remember that leading innovation is mostly an exercise in leading discretionary effort. There are some positions where innovation is the main part of the job. These positions are usually limited to R&D, tech or IT roles. For the rest of the organization, innovation is not an overt [...]


Don’t be “Robotic”

By |2020-06-17T22:49:21+00:00June 17th, 2020|

To protect websites and other digital assets, reCAPTCHA makes people prove they are not a robot by answering questions about random pictures. But how do leaders protect against people feeling that the organization is robotic and doesn’t care about their input? Most leaders DO want input from the team, but [...]


Lessons in Innovation from…Songland

By |2020-06-15T22:04:56+00:00June 15th, 2020|

Songland is a popular TV show with a twist. If you haven’t seen the show, here’s how it works: Four songwriters perform an original song in front of a guest artist (usually big-name entertainers and songwriters like Lady A, Florida Georgia Line, and Bebe Rexha) and three of the music [...]



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 [...]