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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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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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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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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Can You Fly?

As a kid, airplanes fascinated me. I spent hours and hours building models and studying the phenomena of flight. I read everything I could get my hands on. Somewhere along the way I learned that people who design airplanes must deal with four primary forces: lift, thrust, drag and gravity. Thrust makes the airplane go…

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Leadership Lessons from a Cabbie

Leadership can turn up in the most unexpected places. Let me explain what I mean. On a recent trip, I encountered a passionate cab driver with a cause. He was upset with city hall for its intention to pass a law that would prevent vehicles that are more than five years from being used as…

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