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The Email Opportunity for Improving Collaboration

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According to an article published by Barry Gill in the June 2013 edition of Harvard Business Review, we spend half our work-year on email.  The statistics are based on Gill’s 2012 survey of 2,600 workers in the US, UK and South Africa who email everyday. Gill helps us understand where that time goes as he [...]


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The Calculus of Capabilities- An integrated maturity model

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  For years executives (and more than a few consultants) have applied judgment in assessing a business’s capability readiness based at least in part on one-on-one interviews.  However, the need for a holistic understanding of core competences has been out of academia and in the real world for nearly 20 years.  To what effect?  Are [...]


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The Calculus of Capabilities

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How are we doing? We typically focus on business performance – results delivered – when answering this question.  For example, what was last month’s top-line revenue, or what is our gross margin for the quarter? However, if we were to swing the spotlight to focus that question on our capabilities- our ability to deliver- you [...]


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Great Teams Require Great Communication

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Does the title surprise to you? It seems so obvious.  Until I read the “second place” 2012 McKinsey Award winning article, I didn’t even give a thought to communication not being a critical component of team performance in everyone’s mind.  However, with the obvious (team communication) weighing in as the runner-up to the 54th McKinsey [...]


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Improved Vetting: Social-Business-Inside-The-Enterprise Case Study

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“Companies are beginning to find that social technologies have enormous potential to raise the productivity of knowledge workers.” McKinsey Global Institute* The concept of vetting an idea has universal application in ideas large and small.  The following case study is based on an executive’s need to move quickly to create and embed an operational strategy [...]


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What to do with the strategy-pak: A starter list

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Like most tools, our strategy-paksm framework has little value unless you put it to use.  As we briefly explored in our Communicate Strategy for Effect post, we believe in building from the basics.  So, here are a few traditional, time-proven ways we have used the framework to improve our clients’ businesses… the basics. Best practice [...]


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Communicate Strategy for Effect

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Only 27% believe US CEO’s are credible Edelman 2012 Trust Barometer1 With so little belief in CEO’s these days, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to communicating strategy to the company2.  In fact, sharing strategy is a key message leaders must execute with precision to ensure alignment in the organization3.  [...]


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Social Business- Don’t start in the tool shed

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“…the most important question for any organization is this: are we changing as fast as the world around us? “     Gary Hamel, “What is adaptability?“,  Management Innovation eXchange blog, 11.8.2012 Why Social Business? There are at least two solid reasons to be interested in social business, just based on part of Professor Hamel’s blog excerpt [...]


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Change Leadership II- Understanding Kotter

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“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” Warren Buffett Buffett reminds us, and we should never forget, the reason we change over time is to deliver better business outcomes, to build business capability more in line with competitive needs, and to be the wonderful business.  Also, with the increasing [...]


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Execution through Processes, Projects and Communities

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“Everything should be made as simple as possible, but no simpler”  Albert Einstein When we talk about execution- achieving some business outcome- each of us has our own bias for how.  Some of us think about who we will task with an assignment.  Others, particularly if it is a game-changing initiative for our company, will [...]


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