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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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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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A Management Renaissance- Innovating for the knowledge-age

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We are a product of our our history, our environment and our aspirations.  Traditional management is straining under our current environment, and today, more than at any time in our professional careers, we have an opportunity to define our future- the future of management and the future of business improvement. How ready are you and [...]


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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 Tool

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We recently discussed our Rapid Assessment Framework (RAF), designed to be used early in the improvement process where there is a need to engage, align, and mobilize a large part of the organization. Here we will provide a more detailed view of the assessment process, which is primarily conducted on-line through a web-enabled tool. This [...]


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Risk Management

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We can never eliminate all risk, as risk-taking is a foundational element of business. Risk management is a disciplined approach to think about, identify, quantify and act to minimize the impact of uncertainty within the critical dimensions necessary to achieve a targeted objective. Risk management process – Beginning with the objectives and working back to [...]


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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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