Why can’t Strategy be Inspiring?

I don't mean to be abstract, but I wonder sometimes if lack of engagement with (or even awareness of) Corporate Strategy has something to do with our delivery and positioning, and much less with the message itself. Vitruvius' three principles of firmitatis utilitatis venustatis, from his semenal work De Architectura, roughly translates as durability (it should be robust), utility [...]

Making VIPs of the Rejected

I love simple ideas that seem so obvious after-the-fact, but have real and immediate impact to business problems. This was one of those solutions and the problem is fairly common, even outside of this industry. We’ve all experienced it. You show up at 7pm at a restaurant that you have your heart set on only [...]

Clarity from Complexity

I just met with a former colleague who explained that one of objectives of his role was in simplifying the complex. We explored that concept a little further and agreed that sometimes simplicity is not really the desired outcome. In fact, some organizations are just plain complex. How do you distil the manufacturing processes of [...]

It’s all about Strategy Execution

“Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without Strategy is the noise before the defeat.” Sun Tsu (”The Art of War”) If there is one thing missing from so many otherwise great organizations I’ve worked with, it is strategy execution.  Many managers understand that a strategy is essential for success over the [...]

Too many Chiefs?

I just finished reading an article by Gartner (“CEO Advisory: Information and Technology Leadership Jobs Are Proliferating”, October 16, 2012) introducing several new “Chief Officer” roles within corporate IT, or at least the trend as Gartner perceives it. It strikes me that there are already so many “chief officer” roles (including Chief Sales Officer, Chief [...]

Being Liked

A colleague of mine mentioned a curious and “unscientific” observation today regarding the organisational effectiveness of team members “liking” each other. The example he used was a meeting that recently took place where two mid-level managers from different departments who obviously knew each other fairly well, coming in to take their seat at the conference [...]