Organizational Strategy

4 Keys to Producing Engaged Employees

Engaged leaders are those who are “all there” when they’re working. They are focused, alert, and ready to run hard after objectives. Some years ago, the Gallup poll organization joined Towers Perrin, a global workforce organization, and surveyed 85,000 people across industries about employee engagement. There was bad news and […]

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Will Generosity Ever Rule the World?

Generosity isn’t just about what you do. It’s about who you are. It’s a quality of personhood. Usually, we limit it to money, but generosity is more than giving excess money to charity. Generosity is deeper than money and wider than philanthropy. It is more than dropping your loose change […]

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Tip for Leaders: Hire Slow, Fire Fast

Most managers know the feeling—that potent mixture of embarrassment, pity, and frustration. It seems to start somewhere in your gut, and usually ends with a barely perceptible wince or sigh. Perhaps it came after a particularly tone-deaf comment or an awkward interaction with a client. Or, maybe it was a […]

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The 4 Wheels of Effective Strategy

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.”  Winston Churchill said that. Michael Porter, the godfather of business strategy, defines strategy as “deliberately choosing a different set of activities to deliver a unique mix of value.” In other words, you’re changing something about what you do. Therefore, […]

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How To Train New Employees

All three of my millennial children are experiencing “new” with their jobs. Two recently started new jobs and one just got a promotion and hired her first team members. The early report is everyone is doing fine (including their respective companies). I wonder if their training went anything like this […]

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No Exchange, No Business

An idea is not a business. An opportunity is not a business. A market is not a business. And no, a product is not a business. These statements are always true, even if it is a one of a kind idea, an untapped market, or a product you are certain […]

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