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Organizational Strategy

Wanted: A Great Board Chair

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Wanted: Intelligent, relational, thick-skinned, kind, and visionary individual to lead organization through trying time while navigating strong personalities and difficult, often conflicting goals. Who’s in? That’s essentially the job description for a board chair. This Harvard Business Review blog describes the best board chairs as judges. It’s an interesting analogy. […]

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Finding Your Scottie Pippen

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During the 1990s there was no sports phenomenon more compelling, or more dominant, than the Michael Jordan-led Chicago Bulls. In a period of eight years—two of which Jordan spent playing baseball poorly—the Bulls won six NBA titles, defeating the likes of Magic Johnson, Charles Barkley, and Karl Malone along the […]

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A Case for Unbundling

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“Oh, it’s very simple…” This is how the character Sheldon, from TV’s Big Bang Theory, begins his nearly incomprehensible explanation of “Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock,” a supposed improvement on a classic game. To Sheldon this all makes sense. Meanwhile, his audience sits by in apparent confused silence. “I’m sorry. Can […]

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The Four Check Points of a Viable Business

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I have to say this once a week to someone about something: “An idea is not a business.” An idea is an idea. Granted, not all ideas are equal. Some ideas are evolutionary, some are revolutionary, and some are incremental. Some ideas are purpose-driven and cause infused. Some ideas are […]

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Think // Plan // Do

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I don’t just coach CEOs. I own or co-own some small businesses as well. In a couple of them I am instituting a framework called Think/Plan/Do. I’m convinced that every successful business and organization devotes time and energy to each of these three activities: Think—How might we _________? Plan—What’s the […]

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Get STUC: Forming Good Financials

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The most sophisticated company in the world and the small engine repair shop at which I dropped my weed blower off last week have at least one thing in common: they’d better keep an eye on their bank account—that is, their cash position. Some would say it’s easier for a […]

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Unlock Your Company’s Secret Weapon

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The definition of a secret weapon is, “A thing or person which we believe will help us achieve something which other people do not know about.” A football team can have one; movies can have one; companies can have one. I believe every company and organization can build a secret […]

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3 Principles for Managing a Crisis

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Is it just me or does the idea of “crisis” dominate contemporary media? Seemingly every time you turn on the TV, pick up the newspaper, or check your phone updates, you’re greeted by an announcement of the latest harbinger of death or impending collapse of social order. The Financial Crisis. […]

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