When you are an established player in your industry and a new competitor emerges, the first natural reaction is to ignore them, but at the same time, keep a close watch from the corner of your eye to see what they’re up to. But what if that competitor accumulates 700,000 new customers within their first […]Read more "What’s Stopping Us From Changing Faster?"
An organization’s greatest asset is it’s people. We’ve heard that line before. When it comes to assets, over the years organizations have refined the craft of optimizing for efficiency and effectiveness. We’ve learned to optimize production lines, supply chains, finance, and other functions so that every bit of productivity and scale can be squeezed out. […]Read more "To Improve Employee Engagement, Let’s Fix this One Thing"
Many newly promoted individuals often find themselves over-extended with their performance suffering as a result. When promoted for a position based on your performance in your current role rather your on abilities relevant to the intended role, is where eventually you can reach a job where you are unable to perform well, at which point you will no longer be promoted and will remain in that position indefinitely.Read more "The Rise to Incompetence"
Wherever you look nowadays, companies are declaring a war on complexity. According to a recent global study of 1,500 CEOs conducted by IBM, the biggest challenge CEOs face is the so-called complexity gap. Eight out of 10 leaders expect the business environment to grow in complexity, but fewer than half feel prepared for the change. […]Read more "Declaring a War on Complexity? Here’s Where to Start"
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” Robert F Kennedy “We have to change the direction of the project” says Phil, a middle manager in a […]Read more "I Say. You Do (and that’s just the way it is)"
A leaked internal report that looks at how the New York Times is performing in terms of its digital strategy has made headlines this past week. The comprehensive report (dubbed by some as a manifesto), was commissioned by former editor Jill Abramson in what started as skunk-works that would come up with digital projects, but […]Read more "Admitting You Have a Problem"
You have likely heard the popular phrase “Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast”. A recent study from Booz and Company further reinforced this notion by surveying 2,219 senior executives. Unsurprisingly, Booz found that 84% of executives believe culture is critical to their business success while 60% of executives believe culture is more important than strategy or […]Read more "Strategy is Dessert for Culture’s Feast. Innovation is the Main Course"