Perfectly Imperfect

I suffer from this. I am guilty of often investing too much time to make something “perfect”. I remember the president of a company that had acquired mine years back who was known to often say, “don’t let perfect be the enemy of good”. I used to think, “yes, but our clients pay us substantial sums to be [...]

Harnessing Change

Have you ever worked in a company that seemed to change of the sake of change? Maybe they are continually and overly influenced by the latest article in Harvard Business Review such that every month brings with it a new strategy, vision or focus? I find that all too often the goal is to simply create change in [...]

It’s all about Strategy Execution

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 long-run, but surprisingly few are capable of mapping that to operational terms meaningful to the rest of the organization.Robert Kaplan (co-creator of the Balanced Scorecard) suggests that [...]

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 [...]

How to be a Democrat Dictator

“It is virtually impossible to find any example where leaders are not acting in their own self interest. If you are a democrat you want to gerrymander districts and have an electoral college. This vastly reduces the number of votes a president needs to win an election. Then tax very highly. It’s much better to [...]

I’ve landed.

This may come as a complete surprise to many, but I’ve decided where to call my “vocational home” for the next several years. I’m sure it isn’t a shock that I moved on as I seem to get the 4-5 year itch if I’m not starting something new. I guess I have Attention Deficit Disorder [...]

A New Chapter

Some of my most challenging and rewarding experiences have come in the last 3-4 years and I wouldn’t trade them in for the world. Recently I decided to step down as Managing Director at Avantage Partners (www.Avantage.com), effective October 31, 2011 for several reasons: Term-based Leadership Assignments. At Avantage, we believe that leadership is not [...]