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15 Apr, 2014

Why Responsive Government is an Oxymoron … and Why Your Elected Officials are to Blame

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:31+00:00 April 15th, 2014|Accountability, Government & Politics, Innovation, Leadership, Leading & Managing Change, Results|

The government we want is nimble, flexible, and responsive. The government we experience, in many cases, is slow, cumbersome, and totally unresponsive. Let’s put this another way: We want our government to operate like our favorite business. We believe, in contrast, that our government is the poster child for lumbering bureaucratic inefficiency and employees who are out of touch with the realities of the marketplace. Twenty plus years of working with private and public sector organizations has taught me that the truth is actually somewhere between the two extremes.

24 Aug, 2013

Another Book About Change?

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:40+00:00 August 24th, 2013|Book Reviews, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Communication, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Leading & Managing Change|

Why did you write a book about change? The host of a recent radio interview was being polite and, I suspect, genuinely interested. But the question is an important one—a quick search on Amazon.com found over 150,000 book titles that have something to do with change. Let’s assume that some of those titles are duplicates for hardcover, paperback, Kindle, etc. That still leaves thousands of books written on the subject. Aren’t those enough? The short answer is, “No.”

4 Aug, 2013

The Problem and Opportunity with Change

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:40+00:00 August 4th, 2013|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Innovation, Leadership, Leading & Managing Change, Results|

Another blog post about change? Really? The last three I posted aren't enough? How about the thousands of other books, blogs, and articles on the subject? I am with you. I don’t need to hear another message that changes are coming and I need to get on board. And yet, we are confronted with this reality: Most of our efforts to make change work don’t work as well as we had hoped … or even at all.

27 May, 2013

Past Success Proves You Were Right … Once

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:43+00:00 May 27th, 2013|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Results|

You own your logo and marketing message. Your customers own your brand relevance in the marketplace. And when your customers say you are irrelevant, no amount of advertising, positive press, or sales promotions will convince them otherwise. Two iconic American brands are proving that every day.

21 Oct, 2012

Beam – Straight Up.

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:47+00:00 October 21st, 2012|Accountability, Book Reviews, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Development, Results|

Beam, Straight Up is a new book written by Fred Noe, the 7th generation Master Distiller for Jim Beam. Fred comes by the job by virtue of his lineage – he is Jim Beam’s great-grandson – and his hard work rising from the shipping room to become the face of one of America’s iconic brands.

30 Sep, 2012

Risky is the New Safe

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:48+00:00 September 30th, 2012|Accountability, Book Reviews, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Development|

he Great Depression created the environment for companies such as Texas Instruments and Hewlett-Packard. Microsoft, Genetech, and Apple were all founded in the oil shock and stock market downturn of 1973 to 1976. And, the legendary brands of the next fifty years, I believe, will be created in the crucible of today’s challenges. The same principle applies to personal wealth, and that is why you must read Risky is the New Safe by Randy Gage.

11 Jul, 2012

What’s Up With the Economy? Uncertainty

By | 2012-07-11T14:06:28+00:00 July 11th, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Execution, Innovation, Leadership, Others, Performance Improvement, Results|

Another month, and another weaker than expected jobs report. So what’s up with the economy? Welcome to the new normal: Unemployment that is higher than anything we can remember in decades. Scores jobs are available due to a lack of skilled workers. Slow growth that feels like a recession even though technically it isn’t, and most of all, uncertainty.

21 Jun, 2012

7 Deadly Sins of Business Success Today

By | 2014-10-19T22:19:44+00:00 June 21st, 2012|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Development, Results|

Our sins, as we learn from religious teaching, corrupt our character and cloud our sense of what is right and wrong. Most important, they form a habit pattern that leads to our downfall. It works that way for organizations, too. Here are the seven deadly sins for business success today:

11 Oct, 2011

It’s the Culture, Stupid!

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:52+00:00 October 11th, 2011|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Innovation, Leadership, Results|

What separates the marketplace heroes in every industry from the has-beens and wanna-bes? It can’t be just products, services, or price. Your competitors don’t hire all geniuses and leave you with the dunces. Their computer systems, compensation, and operational processes are not dramatically better than yours. When they discuss strategy, the words on their flip charts are not significantly more insightful than yours. The difference is an intangible. It is a culture where every person at every level is focused on and committed to delivering results that are critical for success.

2 Jun, 2011

Engage Your People to Engage Your Customers

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:58+00:00 June 2nd, 2011|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Employee Retention, Execution, Innovation, Leadership, Performance Improvement, Personal Development, Results|

Right now – as you are reading this sentence – 70 percent of your staff are alienating your customers, keeping you from achieving your goals, or costing your company money that could be used for more productive uses. Scary, huh?

13 May, 2011

Donald Trump, Racism, and Your Organization’s Culture

By | 2016-10-29T15:29:59+00:00 May 13th, 2011|Accountability, Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Innovation, Leadership, Leadership Development, Performance Improvement, Results|

Donald Trump commented that President Obama needs to spend less time on the basketball court and more time fixing the economy. All the protests you would expect followed along with calls from all sides that we need to change the culture of racism perpetuated through the use of stereotypes and assumptions. It turns out that there are a multitude of culture problems.

20 Apr, 2011

Lead the Experience

By | 2014-11-02T18:50:23+00:00 April 20th, 2011|Business Growth, Business Strategy, Corporate Culture, Execution, Innovation, Leadership, Personal Development, Results|

Why do certain companies, brands, and even people stand out in a world where everyone is basically saying and doing the same things? For the most part, we all get it wrong. We focus on the tools – like marketing campaigns, social media, and advertising – and ignore the goal – to make customers want to do business with us. Here are three things you can do to define and deliver an experience that sets you apart: