Category Archives: strategy

A Brief History of Organizations

I’ve been reviewing concepts in an interesting book that looks at the history of organizations. I believe that if we’re going to find better ways of working together in organizations, we’ll need to revise the assumptions that we’ve been using for managing people. Author Frederic Laloux looks at stages of organizational development throughout human history, […]
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The Future of Work:
Will You Be “Future Smart”?

If the first two decades of the 21st century are an indication of how the future of work is evolving, we’ll need to be vigilant and innovative to stay relevant. Game-changing trends will continue to affect business, technology, the workforce, the economy, security and the environment. We’re well aware of many of them: climate change, […]
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Business Decisions: What Are You Not Noticing?

As a leader, you’re responsible for making key business decisions each day. But how confident are you in your ability to notice all pertinent information? If you’re like most leaders, you probably believe your perception skills are keen. As convinced as you may be, it’s possible that you’re overestimating your aptitude. “Leaders often fail to […]
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7 Steps to Career Success with Waypoints

I’ve never met a successful leader who didn’t have a plan for his or her career success. The plan may have changed over the years, but there is a plan with waypoints. It’s never to late to plan out the rest of your career. You may find like I did, that you’re in a different […]
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Leadership Waypoints: 7 Steps to Plan for Success

Successful executives establish leadership waypoints along their career path. I’ve been writing about how people who want leadership success need to be strategic and practical. In my last post I explained what waypoints are and how any leader can formulate their own WAYPOINTS statement. This helps you identify the smaller steps along the road to […]
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What Are Leadership Waypoints?

Successful executives establish leadership waypoints along their career path. I’ve been writing about how people who want leadership success need to be strategic and practical. It helps to define the key actions and small wins along the way. Success isn’t built over night, and neither can you develop your leadership skills in big steps. There […]
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Leadership Blind Spots: Moral Values and Strategy

One of the most challenging choices leaders face is weighing values against short-term business gains. Values and strategy are areas where blind spots commonly occur for leaders. I’ve been discussing how even good leaders can fall into faulty thinking and leadership blind spots. No one is immune. We can group the most common leadership blind […]
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Positive Leadership Needs Clear Action Steps

Positivity is a principle, not a concrete process like Six Sigma or TQM. Successful implementation therefore requires clearly defined action steps. Think of positive leadership as a funnel: It starts with the organization and its overarching mission and values It permeates leadership teams through the expression of positive values and goals Helps managers implement and […]
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Innovation: Putting Ideas and Plans to Work

In these last blog posts, I’ve been writing about how to take a great idea through the innovation development process. Best practices for innovation suggest four distinct phases: Discover opportunities.  Organize ideas into plans or pilot projects. Assess, test and learn from ideas. Execute. After completing the testing, learning and revising phases, put your plans […]
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Innovation: What Mike Tyson says about Great Ideas

Some recently published books on innovation suggest that a great idea is a good starting point for finding growth opportunities, but it’s not enough. In fact, innovation experts suggest your first idea is usually wrong in some meaningful way. Authors such as Clayton Christensen, Scott D. Anthony and Tom Kelley say to use your first […]
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