Category Archives: strategy execution

The Official and the “Unofficial” Organization Chart

Hidden Agenda at home and work! Everyone knows about the existence of the official agenda and the “hidden agenda”.  The hidden agenda being those issues which everyone knows about but are not willing to open up for honest discussion.  Instead, … Continue reading

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World Class Tennis and Strategy Execution

There is no strategy without execution, and there is no execution without leadership. Several decades ago the wooden Dunlop Maxply racket was the only racket to have. A famous squash player said in an advertisement: “Without my Dunlop Maxply, I might … Continue reading

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The Leadership Equation

Our lives today seem to be run by mathematical equations and algorithms. Google finds our search requests with sophisticated algorithms.  Amazon uses algorithms to suggest items for you to purchase based on your previous shopping history.  Airlines recalculate and publish … Continue reading

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Backward Planning: The Second Important Life Skill

You are young at any age if you are planning for tomorrow. In my previous post I introduced the importance of habits and life skills that should be learned at an early age. And believe me, learning good habits is … Continue reading

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Building Your Corporate Culture: One Critical Practice

One of the most overlooked drivers of corporate culture is employee selection.  Think about it.  What if you could identify and hire individuals who fit not only the job requirements, but also the culture requirements?  In other words, people who … Continue reading

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The 1 Leadership Failure: The Nose Knows . . .

A while ago I attended a panel discussion at London Business School hosted by the UK Turnaround Management Association.  On the panel were experts from the various professions brought in to deal with distressed companies – legal, operational, financial, advisory, banking … Continue reading

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Leadership and Management: A More Productive Discussion

  Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.  ~Henry David Thoreau Flyfishing teaches me a lot about life, especially business life.  One of the lesson’s I relearn regularly in flyfishing, … Continue reading

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How Leaders Fail . . .

If you want to know whether or not you are a leader, turn around and see if anyone is following! The role of “leader” in a business is never easy and for those in charge of a region, division, plant or … Continue reading

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Management may have the clocks, but we’ve got the time!

“If it weren’t for the last-minute, a lot of things wouldn’t get done.” – Michael S. Traylor There’s an old saying in business: “Time is money”, which obviously refers to the need for greater productivity and output in a shorter … Continue reading

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What Savvy Leaders Know about Culture Change . . . that consultants don’t

Experience isn’t the best teacher, it’s the only teacher.                   ~ Albert Schweitzer I have worked alongside many CEOs and business executives, as well as numerous academics who spend their lives researching, … Continue reading

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