Why do strategies stall?
I wrote a whole book (MOVE) about this question and how to deal with it.
But today I want to talk specifically about a very simply test you can use to make sure your strategy is executable. Read More
A simple question…
One time when I was running a large corporate organization, I asked the financial analyst in the business, “What is the current headcount in my organization?”
He said, “How accurate an answer do you need?”
I said, “What do you mean?”. Read More
Remember, Great isn’t Cheap
I see leaders setting themselves up for failure and credibility loss when they don’t differentiate the cost of doing a GREAT job from the cost of doing an OK job.
Here’s what I mean. You are the expert. Read More
Something that has been on my mind recently is that so many executives are reluctant to have real conversations with their organizations. They prefer a “just go do it” type of interaction.
I have written about this here on the blog as well as in my book MOVE and even gave a TEDx talk about the value of unstructured conversation in successfully driving strategy. Read More
Talk vs. Action
There is a specific and unfortunately common type of corporate behavior where people substitute sounding smart in a meeting for actually contributing work.
People will come to meetings with lots of insight and data – and good intentions. Read More
Will your strategy stall before it even starts?
One of the basic hazards I see that stops strategy dead in its tracks is a lack of real conversation about it.
Executives can be very clear on what they want to accomplish and think that have been very clear with their organization about what must be done and why. Read More
The power of small habits
Doing hard things is hard!
Doing big things is hard!
Doing small things is not as hard.
The big idea for me, is that developing good habits on small, easy things, can have the direct effect of making bigger, harder things easier to do. Read More
Many companies that I talk to have issues with effective decision making — They want to make better decisions. They want to make them faster. And they want them to stick.
While leaders often need to make decisions with incomplete data, one of the common issues I see is that decisions are made without learning all the data that IS knowable, and without enough support of the team. Read More