Monthly: June 2010

Monthly: June 2010

Vision: The Beginning of Business Process Improvement


Recently I was contacted by a local company to discuss a proposal for business process improvement.  In a very limited discovery stage, I determined the CEO of the company did…

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The “Yes, No, Not Yet Document”


David Allen said “You can do anything – but not everything.”  In strategic planning, I call the actual document “the yes, no, not yet document”. Once you have documented the…

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Executive Leadership: It Isn’t About You


I’ve met some executive leaders that amaze me by what they obviously didn’t learn on the way up the ladder of “success”.  When you are in any position of leadership,…

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Consistency is a Strategy


When I was a hospital risk manager, I learned early that it is easier to defend an organization when people are consistent with their behaviors.  Even if it meant they…

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Insights to Leadership Communication Skills


This past week I attended three unrelated forums that ultimately identified key communication skills used by successful leaders. From these discussions, I am reminded that sometimes it isn’t what we…

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Strategy for Business: Are you Effective or Efficient?


It’s common for us to hear today that management consultants, advertisers, and marketing people describe their services or products as ‘effective.’  But if you are in business, can you really…

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Being Strategic Means Being Informed


Right now the U.S. Senate is considering the House amendment to H.R.4213.  This bill is an attempt to close some of the loopholes created by ARRA, the stimulus package.  It…

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The Value of Operational Assessment


The Value of an Operational Assessment? Recently a business owner asked me what is the purpose of an operational assessment and why would he need one.  The short answer is that…

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9 Tips for Strategic Relationships


I recently had a new experience. Let’s call it a professional growth opportunity.  In the past year or two, I began attending some formal networking groups where I actually had…

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Executive Consulting – Strategy for Verbal Mishaps


It is not uncommon for leaders to make communication errors, and they usually have skilled people on staff to “fix” their blunders.  Joe Biden, our Vice President, has a tendency…

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