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Great Managers Are Made Not Born (redux)

June 21, 2020
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In our business culture, we do a peculiar thing. We take people who are extraordinary at their jobs and then give them new jobs for which they have never been trained and in which they have no expertise. That’s crazy. And maybe you suspect that I have […]

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Pandemic Pivot

May 11, 2020
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In the middle of an economic catastrophe, you and your business are facing challenges and obstacles you never expected.

To be honest, while I am incredibly sad and pained by the suffering happening right now there is also a perpetual current of excitement pulsing through me. That excitement […]

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Stop and Build a Strategy

March 2, 2020
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It’s not unusual for a company once to have created a business plan, and then to assume that the necessary work of strategic planning has been done. Maybe there is an annual “strategy session” during which annual goals get set. This happens in both start-ups and […]

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How Can I Get Motivated?

January 15, 2020
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How are your nearly brand new 2020 goals going? Are you still super-pumped and a fixture in the gym 24-7, or madly doing company process reinvention to stoke revenue and profit this year? Most people find that even this early in the year, the bloom may […]

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Videos: Talking Strategy and Strategic Planning!

December 16, 2019
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As we near the end of the year, I thought I would share with you a long video conversation about strategy and strategic planning. Francis Wade (my former consulting partner and dear friend) and I took the time to explore our shared approach to strategic planning in a […]

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Great Managers are NOT Born, They’re Made

August 26, 2019
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In business, we regularly promote our best and brightest performers to positions in which they have absolutely no expertise, experience or knowledge. Yes, we do. Not only that, we expect them to perform brilliantly although they have received no instruction, training, practice or correction.

“Nonsense” you say. “People […]

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First-Time Leadership Fear-Video

August 13, 2019
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We have a strange system in Western business. As soon as you become great at doing something — whether sales, engineering, manufacturing, or making widgets — we immediately put you in charge of other people doing that. It’s as though the mere process of having mastered one skill, any […]

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Why Less REALLY Is More for Innovation

February 11, 2019
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By now you probably have lots of amazing projects undwerway from doing all the work I shared during the first few weeks of 2019. But once you have those projects, at least one of them probably demands your best creativity to generate great solutions or approaches. But what […]

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