Why Strategic Planning Fails


Making Goals Really Matter and Work Goals are critical measurements of accomplishment, progress, and success. However, how goals are created is a situation often rife with issues and challenges – especially when the goals are made up, or disconnected from a well-understood and sensible foundation. Too many organizations have goals that are untethered to anything […]

Why You Should Build a Culture of Giving Back

Social responsibility

Making charitable donations isn’t simply a feel-good thing. If you do it right, those donations can drive change in your community and within your organization. Giving to your favorite charity feels good, there’s no denying that. But your charitable initiatives can have a greater impact on your company than you may think. Gone are the […]

50 Employee Engagement Ideas


Employee engagement is a hot topic in the world of human resources, and for good reason. According to Gallup research cited by Paul Keegan, reporting for Inc. Magazine, only “30 percent of American workers are engaged at work.” The cost of this disengagement ranks in at a whopping $450 billion to $550 billion per year, encompassing […]

7 Elements of a Great Company Culture 


Build these things into your culture and your rock star talent will take you to the top. Earlier this month I revealed my 51 Rules of Leadership Excellence. I put them in random order because they are equally critical to success, but Rule 11 begs further discussion: Consciously build a powerful company culture. Otherwise, it will build […]

You’ve optimized your processes, and streamlined your operation. So now what?

You’ve optimized your processes, and streamlined your operation. So now what? Every operational organization that I know is focused on cost savings and efficiency.  They each use different tools, 40X, Lean, Six Sigma, Activity Based Costing (to name a few), route optimization, KPI’s, Scorecards, Metrics.   Sometimes they use more than one or a combination of […]

How future proof are you

Following is a quiz that will take you through a range of questions to help you identify your awareness of your job-within-the-job and how you handle its challenges. Do you have the qualities that separate good performers from those who have a future-proof career? And learning these skills will kick-starts a virtuous cycle of spotting barriers […]

No worries be happy planning

How do you plan to reduce your worrying? Winston Churchill gave us a great quote and his answer is to plan. I am going to take it one step further than that, as we all worry about the future. A least with a plan we are actively involved in the outcome and not just waiting […]

Strategic Planning Journey

The Strategic Planning Journey I really enjoyed this infographic about strategic planning. The Strategic Planning process is a journey that takes you past all the signposts of Vision, Goals, Objectives, Strategies and Tactics. It touches on some of the key elements that are important when going through this journey. When you start getting asked the […]

Many lessons can be learnt from the approach to change

Many lessons can be learnt from the approach that businesses have taken to the change process. Some of these businesses had to change to survive, so it took some strong leadership and bold plans. Others wanted to enter new markets or change their business model to address challenges. Change is inevitable for all businesses, with […]

Leading Change

  The term “leadership” can bring to the mind several arrays of thoughts. By the mere mention of the word, there can be an image of a political leader, and again there can be an image of a leader of explorers who all by himself cuts the woods so that a path could be formed […]