Tag Archives: Change

2 Second Lean: How to Make Your People and Your Business Better Every Day

I summarize some of the key concepts from the excellent book: 2 Second Lean: How to Grow People and Build a Fun Lean Culture. Written by Paul Akers, 2 Second Lean is a quick and easy ready that will help … Continue reading

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How Not to Waste Time In Meetings

In his book, Meetings Matter: 8 Powerful Strategies for Remarkable Conversations, Paul Axtell gives a strong argument in favor of meetings. Meetings are at the heart of an effective organization, and each meeting is an opportunity to clarify issues, set … Continue reading

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Get to the Front Lines

Undercover Boss has become a hit TV series by showing big corporate bosses going undercover and discovering the reality of the work lives of their employees. As leaders, we do not need to go undercover; we just need to get … Continue reading

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Foster Fresh Perspectives

As leaders, we can often get stuck in ruts, talking to the same people every day and thinking the same way as everyone else. To breakthrough and come up with new and innovative ideas and approaches to problems and issues, … Continue reading

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The Advice Not Taken

Lose Weight…Eat More Fruits and Vegetables…Exercise More. We all know what we have to do in order to improve our health. That is easy. The difficulty lies in taking this advice and actually following it. Likewise in business, there is … Continue reading

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Building Accountability

A dirty little secret in business is that most organizations lack accountability at all levels from the leader to front-line management to individual employees: Assignments are not completed as promised Problems are left half resolved Phone calls are not returned … Continue reading

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The Goal – Operational Excellence Made Possible

In their book, The Goal: A Process of Ongoing Improvement, Eliyahu M. Goldratt and Jeff Cox introduced their Theory of Constraints as a primary method to realize operational improvement. Key Concepts Global Optimization: The key in any process and any … Continue reading

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Master These Three Processes First in Order to Thrive in 2013

Every year, countless companies undertake process improvements and change initiatives.  Most fail. Generally, they fail for one of three reasons:

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Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance – An Inside View of a Successful Turnaround and Culture Change

In Who Says Elephants Can’t Dance? – Leading a Great Enterprise Through Dramatic Change, former IBM CEO, Lou Gerstner, gives a first-hand account of how he led the turnaround of IBM in the 1990’s. I recommend the book  for businesspeople … Continue reading

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Move Your Company Forward in 2012

Welcome to 2012! I remain confident that this will be the year that your company once again begins to soar. To help you with that I offer up six suggestions on how you can make a substantive change in your … Continue reading

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Business Turnaround 301 – Right People Doing the Right Job

In discussing business turnarounds, we have seen that the three fundamentals to turn a troubled business around are as follows: Understand Reality, Face Reality Focus, Prioritize, Plan (Less is More) Right People Doing the Right Job Today, we turn our … Continue reading

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It’s Your Ship – Management Techniques from the Best Damn Ship in the Navy

In this book, former Navy Captain D. Michael Abrashoff boils down the management and leadership techniques that helped his ship, the Benfold, become “the best damn ship in the Navy.” His 11 fundamentals are equally applicable in the business world. … Continue reading

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9 Keys to Driving Cultural Change

After years of little growth, command and control management, and cost-cutting, the cultures of many organizations need rejuvenating and tweaking in order to thrive in today’s difficult and increasingly competitive business environment. But, changing culture is difficult. As Lou Gerstner, … Continue reading

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Four Reasons Why Leaders Don’t Take Action

The external environment is changing; we are living in the “New Normal”. The business is falling behind and weakening. Yet, nothing happens. No change takes place. Critical issues are not addressed. The leadership continues to do what it has always … Continue reading

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Three Hidden Truths about Change – Guest Blog by Howard Perlstein

For 14 years I have been a corporate trouble shooter, the one brought in to figure out what is broken, to tell people what is wrong, to clean up a mess, to get people through gut-wrenching change. My job does … Continue reading

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New Year’s Resolutions: Do a Little Less… to Get a Little More Done

The New Year’s Resolutions for many B2B business leaders often boil down to achieving one goal: Be more successful with their businesses while spending less time working and having less stress. Given that most business leaders already work extremely hard … Continue reading

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Three Ways Companies Bungle Change Initiatives

Recent consulting studies have re-confirmed that most performance improvement programs fail to achieve their stated goals and improve the business. These change initiatives are worse than “much ado about nothing”, as they divert attention and resources away from more critical … Continue reading

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Three Lessons on Business Change from Learning the Piano

Five years ago, I attended a leadership training class that ended with each participant giving a passionate speech about how they would do something new and different in their lives. My first two speeches stayed under 100 decibels and thus … Continue reading

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Quotes on Change

In some upcoming blogs, I will be discussing change and how to significantly change and improve your business. The three keys for change are the following: Understand Reality, Face Reality Focus, Prioritize, Plan (Less is More) Right People Doing the … Continue reading

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