Building Organizations that Work Model

Gravity holds our solar system together. Leadership gravity holds organizations together and keeps individuals and teams from spinning out of control. Like planets and moons, some organizations enjoy more leadership gravity than others – making it easier for everyone to pull together. Unlike planets, we can leverage the know-how and passion of the people in…

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Watch Your Tracks

As a child, I frequently accompanied my father on the rounds of his trap line. Looking back on these experiences, I marvel at his ability to read the tracks. Tracks provided him with information about an animal’s size, direction, speed and condition. He taught me that everything leaves tracks. You just have to know what…

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Strengths as Weaknesses

Leaders are often advised to lead from strengths and compensate for weaknesses by surrounding themselves with teammates who possess complementary skill sets. This is good advice and the strategy usually works. Sometimes, however, strengths are situational. Paradoxically, when this is the case, your greatest strengths may actually become your greatest weaknesses. Case in point. Bob…

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Teamwork at the Top

Fostering senior management level teamwork is a major challenge. Recent research suggests that few organizations actually are successful in achieving this goal. If you are interested in developing a strong senior management team, attending to the following factors will improve your odds of success. CEO commitment is a critical factor in the successful development of…

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Strategy is Not Enough

Most leaders understand the importance of strategy in achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. Unfortunately strategy by itself is not enough to ensure success. It must be implemented. Successful implementation depends on effective organizations. Effective organizations don’t happen by accident. They must be designed. Design deals with how all the parts of the organization are put…

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On the Road to Wisdom

The popular press tells us we are living in the information age, an age of learning organizations and knowledge workers. Although there’s a lot of hype out there, much of if it is contradictory and confusion. I’ve developed the following learning continuum to help me better put the concepts in context. The continuum starts with…

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Measurement

Measurement is an integral part of strategic leadership. Effective measurement allows you to assess your organization’s progress, make ongoing adjustments and set future direction. It allows you to do more of what’s working and less of what’s not working. Without an effective measurement system, your attempts to guide your business will amount to little more…

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Lessons Learned While Serving

I learned or re-confirmed a number of leadership lesson during the time I served on the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers Board, especially during my time as National President. Here’s my short list of lessons learned: Put strategy first: Like many other small business owners, I suffer from a natural tendency to act first and…

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I Think It’s A Philips

My Mom came to the Prairies as a young girl just after the turn of the century. She was raised with a strong sense of pioneer spirit and part of that spirit is that if you have a problem, you fix it, you do something about it. You don’t sit ideally by. She has had…

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Change Continuums

The message is clear: adapt or perish. The gospel preached by many of today’s ‘change masters’, suggests leaders must continuously implement improvements in their organizations in order to survive. And they must do it quickly. Failure to do so puts the organization at risk. At best this message is simplistic. At worst, it can be…

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