About Todd Ordal

Todd Ordal is President of Applied Strategy LLC. Todd helps CEOs achieve better financial results, become more effective leaders and sleep easier at night. He speaks, writes, consults and advises on issues of strategy and leadership. Todd is a former CEO and has led teams as large as 7,000. Follow Todd on Twitter here. You can also find Todd at http://www.appliedstrategy.info,  303-527-0417 or todd@appliedstrategy.info

Effective Leadership Skills: Ask Better Questions!

By | November 12th, 2018|

“I would rather have questions that can’t be answered than answers that can’t be questioned.”  —Richard Feynman, Nobel physicist I never took a physics class—not in high school or college or grad school. Hell, I couldn’t spell “physics”! So it’s amusing that I’m drawing lessons from people who work in quantum mechanics, nuclear fission, or [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Shared Fate

By | November 5th, 2018|

A commonly overlooked element of a highly functional team is shared fate. If you lose while I win, I can’t expect you to support my position. The objective may be clear (“Take that hill!”), but if I have a pile of money at the peak and you have a bag of rocks that you must [...]

Effective Leadership Skills: Outsmarting Your Board

By | October 28th, 2018|

The strange dance between CEOs and their governing body (in my for-profit world, typically a board of directors) is interesting. Not quite swing, not quite polka — there’s often confusion about who’s leading, causing bruised toes.  Over my many years of being on boards, working for boards as a CEO, coaching CEOs and working with [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Grinding To A Halt

By | October 22nd, 2018|

Do you have school age children? If not now, perhaps in the past? Do you remember those nights when your daughter or son—or perhaps both—had a boatload of homework, not just in one subject but in several on the same night? How did that work for you? If your household is anything like ours was [...]

Business Growth: Paul Romer to the Rescue!

By | October 15th, 2018|

I’ve just scratched the surface in my quest to better understand Paul Romer’s insight into growth. Romer won the 2018 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences — shared the win, actually. One of Romer’s central themes is that resources are fixed and innovation is unlimited. You can’t create anything of a physical nature; you can [...]

Business Strategy: Desperate For Revenue

By | September 30th, 2018|

This is a picture of a monkey backpack my wife bought for one of our grandsons today at OfficeDepot. He’s not yet 1 year old, but as you can see, the backpack is quite small. It’ll probably hold a diaper or two and a tube of mushed pea baby food. It was on sale for [...]

Effective Leadership: Folly And Chance?

By | September 24th, 2018|

…the frightful rule of folly and chance.” –Nietzsche Nietzsche wrote this phrase while arguing for human “will” rather than happenstance or divine intervention to carry the day.  Few would argue the notion that successful business requires good fortune, and many would argue that it benefits from divine intervention. I wouldn’t quarrel with either concept. One [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Bailing Wire and Braces

By | September 15th, 2018|

Driving across Wyoming on a recent vacation we saw a house that was held together with more bailing wire and braces than joists and concrete. You could almost see how it got that way. The porch started to sag so they built some temporary stairs a few feet away. It was a slight inconvenience but [...]

What Is Organizational Effectiveness?

By | September 9th, 2018|

My definition of organizational effectiveness? Great results with optimal resources over the long haul.  There are three components in my definition. Change one of them, and you’re not successful in my book. You can get great results in the short term, and you can even get those results with the wrong number or quality of [...]

Organizational Effectiveness: Are You Good at the Wrong Thing?

By | September 3rd, 2018|

“There is nothing so useless as doing efficiently that which should not be done at all.” —Peter Drucker Organizational effectiveness requires that people are doing the right things well. Doing the right things poorly is probably an opportunity for coaching. Doing the wrong things well is, as Drucker points out, useless. A colleague and I [...]