Management

The Complexity Wakeup Call

The world is only going to get more complicated and move faster. Will you be one of the few keeping up? Have you responded to the wakeup call that has been sounding for business leaders? For the past few years I’ve been talking about and sharing with anyone who will listen – clients, seminar and learning session attendees, keynote audiences ...

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How Successful Are You at Change?

The success rate for business change has not materially improved for 20 years in spite of increasing investment in management training and development. I was recently talking to a global multinational that undertook a full review of how good they really were at changing their business – new processes, new products, restructuring, etc. They employed an external company to do ...

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The Learning CEO

“The Learning CEO” is a phrase I coined a number of years back to help my clients understand the high correlation between actionable, applied knowledge and success as a leader. As an advisor to CEOs, there is little doubt that I’m passionate about CEO development. There is one simple reason why…it works. Great CEOs are like a sponge when it ...

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Planning for Disruption – Walgreens versus Netflix

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, “Walgreen’s Same Store Sales Nearly Flat.” Walgreen’s has been Locked-in for 3 decades. Build more stores. Simple. Just like WalMart did for many years. Demand seemed insatiable, until there was a store on almost every corner. Build stores, turn the product fast and keep people coming in for prescriptions or something on sale. Their Success ...

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Work Less & Get More Done This Summer

Three Simple Productivity Tips by Matt Heinz Summer officially starts soon. Want to get more done but take advantage of the longer days and warmer weather? Here are three things to start immediately after the holiday weekend: Take Tuesday and Thursday evenings off. Leave the office as close to 5:00 as possible, and turn everything off until the next morning. ...

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Turning Thoughts into Action

All action and no thinking is bad; so too is all thinking and no action. The search for perfection can easily lead to procrastination. Because we cannot conceive an ideal solution we keep searching and searching. We use one thinking tool after another and fall into paralysis by analysis. For most situations in life, there is a time for thought ...

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Idea Of D.School Meets B.School is Not New

Three People Advocated It Very Early On by Idris Mootee I was speaking a keynote yesterday at an Innovation Camp. It was great place to share our stories and our journey to make innovation a ‘business’ discipline. I showed the audience the path to innovation is never a logical one. The fuzziness goes beyond the front end and extends into ...

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Should the Era of Six Sigma End?

Five percent here, three percent there. I’m tired as hell of continuous improvement. Sure there’s a place for it, but it shouldn’t be the only type of work we do. But, unfortunately, that’s just what’s happened in manufacturing. To secure the balance sheet, the pendulum swung too far toward continuous improvement. Just look at what we’re writing about – the ...

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Innovation Leadership Requirements – Creativity

I found it interesting yesterday to see that IBM’s Institute for Business Value, a think tank and research organization, has surveyed CEOs of major corporations to try to understand the key characteristics that leaders will need in the near future. I guess I should be more specific – I didn’t think it was interesting that they asked 1500 CEOs about ...

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