Doing More Of The Wrong Things…Is Still Doing The Wrong Things

  One of the old maxims of job hunting was the concept that you could win people over by being a problem solver. That might have even been something that was effective before the Internet and modern management because in a command and control setting where information was limited, figuring out the problem and how to attack it was a …

What Have You Defined As Important?

  A lot of the things we read online about the effectiveness or the success of a business or a career lately comes down to the brute force theory of life: which is more of everything is better. I mean there are “thought leaders” that have built their whole careers on crushing it, working 20 hour days, and never turning …

10 Ideas That Should Be Driving Your Organization’s Strategy!

I read somewhere that there is a huge gap between people that think of themselves as being strategic thinkers and those that are actually good at it. I’m not certain that this is coming up because people don’t have the understanding of what it means to be strategic in their thinking. Or, if it is largely driven by the day …

3 Step Plan To Manage Stakeholders

If you are a Project Manager, one of your big challenges is how do you deal with your stakeholders.  Its a challenge and one that doesn’t have a perfect answer.   What I can offer you, is a 3 pronged guideline to help you have a framework for each project you are involved in.   1.  Identify:  The biggest key …

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A Simple Reminder

I’ve been reading Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs.  And, in the book Isaacson hits on something I’ve been pushing out there forever and I thought now was as good of a time as any to remind you: Ideas are great, but execution is where its at. Now get to it. 

Quick! Set Your Strategy!

Strategy is one of those words that is thrown around constantly in business and one that is much too often used synonymously with some tactical aspect of your business. But strategy is a pretty simple idea that says one thing, where does my business need to focus its attention. For most of us, thinking about and setting a strategy can …

Strategy isn’t tough

I’ve often said that the ability to develop a strategy isn’t all that hard, it is a function of 3 simple questions: 1. What tangible value do you provide? 2. Who needs it and will buy it? 3. How do you reach them?  The real value in strategy comes in the relentless work of focusing on these questions over and …