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: 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 [...]

Effective Leadership: Is Volatility Synonymous With Success?

By | August 27th, 2018|

Temperament in the corner office is something that deserves consideration when thinking about effective leadership. Unfortunately, volatility is sometimes correlated with success, but correlation is not causation. One of my best clients asked my thoughts on Elon Musk. “Brilliant carnival barker,” was my response. His was more articulate, but we were on the same page. [...]

What Is Executive Coaching?

By | August 20th, 2018|

Executive coaching is about setting objectives, questioning, listening, prodding, a little bit of ass kicking, rewarding and supporting. Any other questions? OK, for those who want more detail, let’s explore this for a minute. You can’t throw a rock in a crowd without hitting a few executive coaches. Some are wise old business veterans, and [...]

What Is Strategic Planning?

By | August 13th, 2018|

What is strategic planning? Well … for one thing, it’s perhaps the most misused phrase in business! Let’s start with what strategy is. On second thought, let’s start with what strategy is NOT! It’s not a budget. It’s not a fat document. It’s not that thing you do every November. It’s not a mystical chant. [...]

Leading With Joy

By | August 6th, 2018|

I’m not Catholic, but my wife is. So I’ve been an “observer” of the religion and leadership in the church for decades. In fact, my wife was in St. Peter’s Square and saw the white smoke go up when John Paul II was selected. Pretty cool experience for her! I work with CEOs and marvel [...]

Failed Leadership: Papa Don’t Work No More

By | July 29th, 2018|

“How can we miss you when you won’t go away?” Papa John’s leadership and shareholders might be saying. If you’ve been following the pizza leadership drama in the news, you’ll note that a bad case of “founder’s syndrome” settled in Papa John’s ovens recently. It became a struggle of overinflated ego versus what’s right for [...]

Leadership Is Not Polling!

By | July 24th, 2018|

Donald Trump’s recent debacle* — lauding Putin, ignoring his own intelligence agencies and blaming America for the poor United States/Russian relationship, and then reversing course after a tsunami of outrage — is instructive for leaders. Here’s the directive: Leadership is not polling! Leadership has obligations, and making tough decisions and sticking with them is one [...]