A business is simply a collection of related services that together produce and deliver value. Even within manufacturing, energy, agriculture and other resource-based organizations, it is the effective management of services that distinguishes the good from the great.
“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 … Continue reading It’s all about Strategy Execution
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.
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 … Continue reading A New Chapter
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