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 of muscles that like to work together) are a lot more effective than just working one muscle in isolation. The benefits make for a strong, well-rounded athlete.

A similar principle is at work when I coach leaders to be more effective at leading innovation. As they work with the team to raise the bar, these leaders are also working complimentary leadership muscles like being a better listener, thinking strategically, displaying managerial courage, conflict resolution, empowerment, and managing change.

Leading innovation is a compound movement and will wake up and strengthen a whole host of other “muscles.”

While it can be beneficial for executive coaching goals to focus on specific behaviors (especially ones that are causing immediate issues), I have seen significant growth from leaders that have chosen leading innovation as their coaching goal. So set a goal for yourself to be an even better leader of innovation, I guarantee to you will like the other benefits that you see.


If you have questions about how to set leadership development goals for yourself, team, or others around innovation, please feel free to drop me a line.

Check out the first in a series of videos on leading innovation HERE. In this first video I explain what I call the three laws of motion and how they can help (or hinder) innovation efforts. (And be sure to let me know if there are other topics you would like for me to address.)

ALSO my colleague, Anne Sandberg, and I put together a short video together to introduce a new tool that Harrison Assessments has put out to assist people with being more effective at remote work. Check it out here. If you have any questions or are interested in getting access to the tool for yourself or your team, please reach out.