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Want to Improve your next Strategic Plan?

Want to Improve your next Strategic Plan?

Have you seen the Dilbert cartoon where he is asked to create a report consistent with the company's strategic plan? There’s one problem: he has NEVER seen the strategic plan. When the boss finally produces “the plan,” it’s anything but a plan – it’s the warranty to a...

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The Birkman Method

The Birkman Method

Behavioral assessment on steroids Darcy and I were teaching a class at Stober Manufacturing last week, and during our Birkman training a group leader shouted “Dang! This is like Culture Index on steroids!” Brilliant! And one of many reasons we love the Birkman. Why we...

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Stretch First, then Scale

Stretch First, then Scale

Working with growth-focused companies, we see a recurring theme: they achieve significant growth then stall because their infrastructure can’t keep up. Their revenue doesn’t match the structure and processes to sustain. We have seen $100 million organizations...

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Spring Training: Not just for Baseball

Spring Training: Not just for Baseball

As your favorite MLB team takes the field this week, take time to think about the rigorous spring training they have completed gearing up for a new season. Spring training gives managers a chance to evaluate players to build out a 40-person roster and gives teammates...

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Get “Fired Up” about Leadership

Get “Fired Up” about Leadership

We all know there is a talent constraint. This is THE strategic priority for many organizations right now. The “theory of constraints” management philosophy advises us to solve the biggest bottleneck first, then move to the next one. Talent is the current bottleneck...

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The Great Re-Engagement

The Great Re-Engagement

I can’t find anyone in the workplace right now who can argue this: employee engagement has made a critical shift. Employees have voted with their feet and sent a clear message. They won't work in jobs that don’t offer flexibility, great pay, empathetic, inspiring...

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A New Year For Dreaming

A New Year For Dreaming

For those of you who have followed my perspective on New Year’s Resolutions (NYR), welcome to my annual rant! This year however, there’s a new twist: the Epistemophillic Instinct. Coined by psychoanalytic theorist Melanie Klein, the Epistemophillic Instinct...

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Seasons of Life

Seasons of Life

Take a moment to imagine your life in three years. I reflected on this while updating my Vision during our recent Stretch Your Impact training. I realized "Wow, the next three years are going to look very different than the past three years!" I needed to start...

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Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective

Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective

Setback and Success: It’s All About Perspective!   Isn’t it amazing how wisdom can transcend time? Heraclitus Ephesus, a Greek philosopher born November 24, 535 BC is noted for the truism, “The Only Constant Is Change”. How amazing to think this quote rings true for...

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