Category: Organizational Effectiveness

Make It A Great Day, But Have A Damn Plan

I’m as web-based as the next guy — searching, buying, posting, texting and noodling just like most of you. I’m also pretty disciplined, so I try to do my noodling only after finishing my work. But I don’t often peruse social media looking for deep thoughts. I still shudder at the poor-quality content that self-made […]

The Actions Of A Successful CEO

In last week’s blog I postulated that there were three questions that drove my best CEO clients in their quest for excellence: What do I need to know, what do I need to do and who do I need to be? I addressed the first last week and will address the second this week—What do […]

David Or Paul Bunyan? Chisel Away What’s Not You

There’s a parable of sorts attributed to Michelangelo who, when asked how he was able to so beautifully carve the statue of David, responded that he merely cut away everything that wasn’t David. That’s a wonderful depiction of focus that we can all take with us. If we could just cut away all that’s not […]

Do You Default to Central Control?

I recently wrote about the challenge of not being able to answer the question, “Who’s in charge here?” (Click here to read.) I often write my blogs after encountering something in the business world that causes me to think about a topic. It might be a client problem, something from the headlines or an issue […]

Who’s In Charge Here?

I wish that I had a dollar for every story that I have heard of lack of clarity around responsibility causing poor company performance. When I hear of a poor performing region, product, division, or business process I always start by asking, “Who owns this?” If there is no clear answer, that—in and of itself—is […]

Optimize For Millennials?

Unless you just crawled out of the primordial ooze, you’ve heard a lot about how you must optimize your business to make millennials happy. Coddling, free time and pet-happy policies are mentioned often. In working with many companies that question what to do about this and observing what does and doesn’t work, I concluded the […]

Get On Board! Taking The Right Step Onto The Train

Years ago, I worked with a large company in which the CEO hired a new senior executive right before a large annual meeting, which was to be his first real introduction to the company. Apparently, little thought was given to how this executive would integrate into the company, so this guy showed up, made a […]

Dying At Least Twice

My friend Dave and I have something in common: We’ll both die at least twice. Each of us had medical occurrences that caused breath and blood to stop flowing — his very recently, mine when I was a young man. I’d like to keep it to two; the first occurrence wasn’t so fun. Unlike physical […]

Peering Through The Mist: Organizational Culture

“ … organizational culture represents the collective values, beliefs, and principles of organizational members and is a product of such factors as history, product, market, technology, and strategy, type of employees, management style, and national culture. Culture includes the organization’s vision, values, norms, systems, symbols, language, assumptions, beliefs, and habits.” —excerpt from Wikipedia’s definition of […]