Consensus or Command? Neither works!

The wrong terms

Throughout my whole career I kept hearing discussions about consensus vs. command and they always rubbed me the wrong way…

What actually works was never such a mystery to me.

The problem is that people would talk about consensus or command as the only two choices for management style. Read More

Leading Business Transformation

The Webinar:

This month’s Business Leaders’ webinar was on


If you missed it you can
Download the Podcast
Download the whole Webinar
(which includes the presentation, and useful worksheets and templates.)
(more information below)

Why initiatives fail

Over the past year, my work with clients has focused me on the part of business that is about getting your organization to execute. Read More

BMW Bad Service – The Sequel

Previously…Free service you don’t like

Awhile back I wrote an article about how BMW “pseudo-service” repels customers.

For those that did not read the prior article, the gist is that as an owner of a new BMW your choice is to get free service from BMW that you dislike (because of the awful and useless, “give me a 5” survey process I described) or to get good, paid-for, service from someone else. Read More

The Blank-sheet (ideal) Org Chart

The right team

Are you leading the team you need?
Or leading the team you have?

Last week I wrote a post about recognizing if you have someone on your team who is not strategic enough

You keep hoping that they will become more strategic…

I can tell you how that play ends… They won’t. Read More

People don't become strategic

The wrong people

As I am preparing for a session next week with an executive team on Leading Transformation, I got thinking about what blocks organizations from getting done what they intend.

What blocks their business growth?
What keeps them from executing decisively on new things? Read More

Leading People in Business

The Webinar:

This month’s Business Leaders’ webinar was on Leading People in Business.

If you missed it you can download the podcast or the whole webinar which includes the presentation, and useful worksheets and templates.
(more information below)

Here is what we talked about:

Business Results

Driving business results, leading change, innovating, and generally moving a business forward requires leading people. Read More

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: A Conversation with Richard Rumelt

In this month’s Business Leadership webinar I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Richard Rumelt about his book:

Good Strategy, Bad Strategy: The Difference and Why it Matters.

Below are some notes from our discussion.

You can download the Webinar here:


(Downloads are free to members of Azzarello Group)

The Book

First and foremost, get this book! Read More