Management leadership consulting for executives and new managers

 As the CEO you want to support the C-suite potential and executive presence of some of the up-and-coming leaders in your company.  CEO’s have found hiring Kristiina a smart decision as she coaches their protégés to be ready for the prime time through her proven Lead Smart leadership coaching method.

As an executive of a growing company you need your newly-minted managers and team leaders to develop their managerial ability to an impactful leadership capability that optimizes their team performance.  Kristiina’s Lead Smart training programs for developing leadership are tailored to your company’s needs.

As a team leader you are expected to produce more with less while creating a culture that retains the best performing people.  With Kristiina’s Lead Smart team tools you can measure your team’s productivity and positivity and be equipped with methods to boost your team’s performance.  Read more>

Kristiina Hiukka

As a professional leadership consultant, trainer, coach and author, Kristiina advocates for Collaborative Leadership and Innovation through Inclusion and Gender Intelligence.  Read more>


Living in the time of war

It happened on a beautiful, bright autumn morning. I thought I would never be able to function again when I was living through the shock of September 11, 2001. It took a while but I did.

They happened on some ordinary days when our kids went to their schools. I thought I would not be able to recover from the anguish of the school shootings. Each time it took a while but I did.

It happened at the end of a workweek, on a Friday when I was looking forward to going out to eat and to a movie. I think I will be feeling sad and sick to my stomach for the rest of my life because of this attack on Paris. It will take a while but I know I will recover.peaceFrance Continue Reading →

Is Culture of Innovation De-humanizing?

The last Sunday’s New York Times article describing the almost inhuman culture at Amazon created a firestorm of debate about what is going on in companies behind their doors. It has raised questions about how innovation is created and facilitated through leadership, talent and the working environments. Some wonder whether innovation thrives only in highly competitive and even callous environments. CEO of Amazon, Jeff Bezos was quick to react to the allegations of the de-humanizing culture there by stating that the company described was not the Amazon he knows. In the times of “talent wars” for the best and the brightest in software and big data engineers, the reputation Computer and phoneof a company is the key attractor of employees. This is why employer review companies like Glassdoor are blossoming and stories like the one by the NY Times can be devastating. Continue Reading →

Treasure hunting gems of leading innovation

I‘m the first to admit that I don’t know much about anything but I know quite a few incredible people who do! And that is what makes my life interesting and exciting.

Realizing that I’m surrounded with leaders who are doing amazing things in the world I decided to begin a treasure hunt for gems of wisdom regarding innovation and leadership from their point of view.

Leadership and innovation are broad concepts, meaning different things depending on the industry and organization. Therefore, they are also very rich for research and insights. In order to capture stories about extraordinary experiences, I’ve been interviewing CEO’s and Executives representing many different sectors because innovation happens everywhere and in many forms.Work-together

This is my effort to explore, chart and share how innovation is being defined by CEOs, and what leaders consider as the crucial human elements to stay innovative in the rapidly changing world. In other words, my interest is in exploring the human side of innovation.  The gems I will share here will be a convergence of quotes and perspectives from Continue Reading →

Unsuccessful unsubscribing

In the era of knowledge economy we are bombarded with invitations to download information products or attend events – whether in-person conferences or online summits and webinars –  and subsequently be signed up for innumerable e-mail newsletters.

As a person passionate about culture and leadership, I’ve been a participating in the world of coaching, consulting and delivering trainings for years. And I frequently – albeit irregularly – send out my email newsletter inviting people in my sphere to read my blogs or participate in the events I’m involved in. Over the years I’ve also subscribed to receiving information from a wide variety of interesting causes, organizations and stats

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Meet a need and innovate

“Innovation is meeting an unmet need,” was an insight by James Kimmel, co-founder and CEO of  Epic Seats when I interviewed him last week for my upcoming book on innovation leadership.  Ever since our conversation I’ve been assessing everything through the lens of “a need being met… or not” seahawks tixand it’s fascinating how the world begins to open up in an exciting way.

James told me how Epic Seats got started by recognizing an unmet need for “consignment” tickets to sports events.  It was actually an unintended consequence of another business idea James and his buddy Scott were starting. They originally thought they’d be in the business of organizing trips for football fans to go to games all around the country. Their first trip was to a game in Ann Arbor, MI in 2002. Unfortunately, it turned out that several people canceled and the guys were left with extra tickets in their hands. When James and Scott decided to sell the leftover tickets on eBay, they realized there was a sweet, untapped opportunity to re-sell unused tickets.

Epic Seats is now an established 12-year old industry leader with a solid track record of outstanding service. They are also known for the supportive and fun company culture where people want to work so badly that they even take pay cuts to work there. It was brilliant how the two young football fans observed the need in the market place and put their smarts to fulfill that need.

This made me wonder what kinds of needs that nobody is fulfilling or that could be done better am I passing by or ignoring in my daily life?Whoever realized there is a need for cappuccino or a latte to go? Whoever realized people would buy toilet paper on a roll? When was it that paying for things on the internet become normal?

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Terror or Trust?

Trust is the foundation of everything worthwhile. Whether in love, business or politics; trust is at the heart of all relationships. It is a topic of the day from the microcosmos of our personal relationships to macrorealties of politics, media, education, and business.  DSC07868The financial sector is still indicated as the least trusted industry around the world according to the Edelman Trust Barometer.

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Thank you, Satya Nadella! Leadership Lessons from CEO of Microsoft and Pope Francis

Last October, when the Karma-gate exploded at the annual Grace Hopper conference, it was a true blessing for women in corporations everywhere! It was as if two world-class leaders who are passionate about making a difference and leaving a legacy of transformational innovation had staged a cosmic theater play for shifting the consciousness of corporate leaders everywhere.

President of Harvey-Mudd College, Maria Klawe is also one of the two women on board of Microsoft Corporation. This gives her unique access and powers to talk to important leaders like Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella who agreed to satya nadella and maria klawe at grace hopper oct 2014 Continue Reading →

What you value is where you spend your time and money

Even though time is an arbitrary, man-made construct, its significance in our lives is ever-present. As a child time passed by slowly.  It felt like it almost stood still when I was staring out of the window into the snow-glowing night on Christmas Eve and waiting for Santa to come by with the presents from his workshop in Lapland.  Sometimes I was holding my breath out of excitement so long that I almost fainted when he finally appeared.  As an adult trying to fit all the responsibilities into a day makes time evaporate in front of my eyes (yes, I’m watching the clock on my computer screen).  I still find myself holding my breath – but for a different reason: maybe by doing it, I can slow down time and get more done.tonttu 2014

In my leadership coaching and training of executives and managers we inevitably come to a place where  Continue Reading →

Gratitude Abounds!

This Holiday Season makes my heart fill with gratitude for all the wondrous things and wonderful people who have been part of my journey in 2014. With excitement I’m looking into the New Year as more fascinating adventures await!

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