I love asking people how they got started in the field of work they are in and the story rarely disappoints. For my part, I'm often asked too (though typically by my Mom, asking "what is it that you do again?"), but was recently asked to "write it out" for another publication. I thought I'd … Continue reading An Unusual Start to my Management Consulting Career
It only takes a cursory search of many of the leading management strategy journals and periodicals to figure out that this notion of ‘innovation’ is on the mind of many senior and influential leaders within the business world and has been for quite a while now. We are finding however that with a presumed lack of … Continue reading The Danger of an Ideation-only Innovation Strategy
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 … Continue reading Perfectly Imperfect
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 … Continue reading Harnessing Change
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 … Continue reading It’s all about Strategy Execution
I travel quite a bit, as much as 1-2 times per week albeit primarily regional travel. As such though I spend more time in airports than I would prefer and am always looking for opportunities to minimize time in line ups, minimize baggage and minimize any other aggravation. Many of you road warriors probably use … Continue reading Can your iPhone do this?
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 … Continue reading Too many Chiefs?
“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 … Continue reading How to be a Democrat Dictator
I was forwarded this article the other day not knowing who the original author was. I liked the message though: Want a more innovative company? Get rid of these folks. Today We (your authors) teach our children to work hard and never, ever give up. We teach them to be grateful, to be full of … Continue reading Three Types of People to Fire Immediately
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 … Continue reading I’ve landed.