Musings

The Danger of an Ideation-only Innovation Strategy

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

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 … Continue reading Why can’t Strategy be Inspiring?

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 … Continue reading It’s all about Strategy Execution

Can your iPhone do this?

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?

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 … Continue reading Clarity from Complexity