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Want to Get People Excited About Change?  Try These Four Tips From the Israeli Military

Want to Get People Excited About Change? Try These Four Tips From the Israeli Military

Want to ignite some excitement around a new initiative? Need a way to infuse your team with enthusiasm?  Or inspire employees about a new product roll-out? During a recent assignment in the Golan Heights near the Syrian border, I had an opportunity to observe a recruitment event for high school students conducted by the IsraeliContinue Reading

Simple Steps Toward Culture Change

Simple Steps Toward Culture Change

Often, executives want to improve the culture in their business unit.   Yet many experience a sense of helpless because they feel the only way they can do this is to change the structures, systems and processes in the organization over which they have little control.  While organizational design can have a large and sometimesContinue Reading

C-Suite Tools: Creating Powerful Strategic Discussions

C-Suite Tools: Creating Powerful Strategic Discussions

“I need your coaching on working with my management team,” John told me during a recent phone call. “As we plan and strategize our future, we’ve got some tough decisions to make on our priorities and where we want to allocate resources.  Of course, there will be some trade-offs and choices to make, so IContinue Reading

Four Reasons Why Employees Ignore Corporate Values

Four Reasons Why Employees Ignore Corporate Values

Every week, we read stories of employees who, by violating corporate values, destroy their company’s reputation, assets, trust and goodwill.  The following are recent examples: BP prided itself on a culture of safety.  Yet, time after time, it appears rig personnel made decisions that increased the risk of a blowout to save the company timeContinue Reading

Which Strategic Initiatives Should You Implement?

Which Strategic Initiatives Should You Implement?

Today, more than ever before, organizations are having to battle with fewer financial and human resources.  Deciding where and how to allocate them is challenging – and these decisions have become even more difficult because a wrong decision can cripple an entire organization. In view of this new environment, the process of evaluating and prioritizing projects mustContinue Reading

Compete to Win: Align Your Culture to Your Strategy

Compete to Win: Align Your Culture to Your Strategy

If your organization has not aligned its culture to its strategic focus, meeting goals and fulfilling potential is likely to be tough. Unfortunately, few leaders have figured this out or know how to do it effectively. Step One: To be at the top of your game, determine how you will compete in the market place.Continue Reading

Four Fatal Mistakes in Strategic Planning

Four Fatal Mistakes in Strategic Planning

Looking for ways to jump start profitable growth? Over 88 percent of this country’s large organizations are now engaged in some form of strategic planning…and this number continues to expand, reaching across all industry sectors and involves companies of all sizes. Yet, as business leaders gather to strategically plan their futures, they continue to make fundamental…even fatalContinue Reading

Burnout: Its Costs and Cures

Burnout: Its Costs and Cures

The critical difference between companies that handle aggressive schedules and stress versus those that can’t is how well managers perform their jobs. This “Leadership Tip” describes six ways managers can help prevent burnout and still deliver.Continue Reading

How to Align Your Organization for Championship Play

How to Align Your Organization for Championship Play

Alignment between strategy, culture and infrastructure is critical. Indeed, it is the central definition of organizational effectiveness. This tip provides an easy- to-understand model and real-life example, showing how you can bring these three components together to achieve exceptional results.Continue Reading

Divided We Stand…Together

Divided We Stand…Together

Globally, mergers, acquisitions and alliances have increased at a rate of 25 percent a year and are frequently the growth strategy of choice for many corporations. The well-publicized failure rate of these moves is frequently caused by trying to squeeze one culture into another. Paradoxically, making individual business units feel valued for who they are encourages a more collaborative effort in achieving the organization’s overall vision.Continue Reading