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Empowerment

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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The Strategy Stack

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“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  Albert Einstein Seldom do we have the opportunity to help a client with strategic architecture from a clean slate as we recently completed with ABC.  More typically we have used a comprehensive view, our strategy-paksm, [...]


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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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Agile Framework for Go-to-Market Execution

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“In the face of complexity and multiple competing demands, organizations simply can’t handle decision-making in a totally rational way.  Not surprisingly, then, a single blunt instrument- like structure- is unlikely to prove the master tool that can change organizations with best effect” This quote reflects our concerns on how to deal with the reality of [...]


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Can Social Media Drive Enterprise Change?

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RISING IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA The pressures on today’s organization have been well documented; simply stated, the pace of change has begun to outstrip the enterprise’s capacity and capability to change. Some 83% of CEOs expect to face the need for substantial change, not “single-axis” change, but complex change. These same CEOs report that fewer [...]


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Rapid Assessment Framework

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Determining “What is most important?” is critical early in any effort. Working with imperfect and incomplete information is a basic tenant of business management. We have developed an objective “root cause” approach to assess enterprise performance against a prioritized short-list of 89 critical dimensions of enterprise health. The approach can be conducted in a very [...]


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Responsibility Mapping

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Clarity of responsibilities… …is at the heart of management, coaching, measurement, rewards, etc.  Crisply defined and reinforced responsibilities increase focus, integration and performance.  I cannot think of a more important layer to execution than making sure everyone knows who owns, who is supposed to do, who needs to review before an action, and those who [...]


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Enterprise View: Collaboration & The Directed Community

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In a recent discussion… … we were continuing our focus on eliminating the noise around collaborative technologies and tools.  As we thought about how to best represent collaboration, one of my colleagues simplified the problem (paraphrasing slightly): “It’s not about the direction of the information flow, it’s about the number of contributors and the number [...]


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Creating better business outcomes through collaboration

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You can create better… …business solutions and outcomes less expensively by tapping into your company’s collective intelligence through a blended use of traditional and emerging tools to more easily generate, amend and access information.  While working to help clients for our entire careers, for more than a year now, we have been working with clients to improve how they [...]


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