Execution or Extinction?

Every successful business must plan and execute. How effectively you perform these vital activities determines whether you will survive or thrive. In other words, plan and execute or become extinct. In fact, senior executives predict that "very effective" strategy execution would improve operating profits by an average of 30 percent over two years. A lot…

Leadership is a Way of Life

A few years ago, Lee had the privilege to sit down and chat with Colleen Barrett, President Emeritus of Southwest Airlines (and Queen of their LUV culture). Colleen has been a friend, encourager, and a loyal reader of our newsletter for many years. During our discussion, we covered lots of topics. In this particular segment…

Leadership Clarity and Consistency

Leadership inputs yield predictable organizational outcomes, particularly during uncertain times. This infographic illustrates the effects of leadership clarity and consistency versus leadership ambiguity and inconsistency. Your team's health and productivity are your choice.  They are depending on your clarity and consistency now more than ever. Contact us to discuss how we can help. ------------------------------------Check out 7 Moments... that…

4 Factors for Sustainable Work Arrangements

Workers with COVID Masks

Over the past month, many company leaders have begun to plan for a gradual return to the workplace. We have seen approaches ranging from weekly shifts to phased-in returns to returns by floors in the office building.  Unfortunately, none of these approaches considers all of the important factors in creating sustainable work arrangements. A business is not…

Designing Healthy Organizational Cultures

Every organization has a culture by default. Few organizations have a culture by design. Even when an organization has intentionally integrated its culture as part of its strategy, change naturally forces culture disintegration. The more a changing organization wants to keep its culture the same, the more it must change what it does. Culture can be…

3 Levels of Leadership

Apple

Leadership is an inside job. We must lead ourselves to a higher level before we can inspire extraordinary results from our team. We cannot lead where we dare not go. We cannot credibly ask others to pursue team excellence if we do not pursue personal excellence. ​Great leadership requires skill and character. Our character is,…

Execution or Extinction?

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Every successful business must plan and execute. How effectively you perform these vital activities determines whether you will survive or thrive. In other words, plan and execute or become extinct. In fact, senior executives predict that "very effective" strategy execution would improve operating profits by an average of 30 percent over two years. So, how…

Keep Culture Simple

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Every organization has a culture by default. Few organizations have a culture by design. Even when an organization has intentionally integrated its culture as part of its strategy, business growth naturally forces culture disintegration.  The more a growing organization wants to keep its culture the same, the more it must change what it does. Culture can be…

Leading CEOs on Culture

Leading CEO's have acknowledged the importance of organizational culture for years. The current environment has simply underscored its importance.  Here are a few perspectives on culture from leading CEOs: "If you are lucky enough to be someone’s employer, then you have a moral obligation to make sure people do look forward to coming to work…

Downturn Leadership

Economic downturn

Truism: no trend goes on forever. This truism prevents complacency during good times and instills hope during tough times. I originally wrote the the attached report 2001 to address how to lead in an economic downturn, then I revised it in 2008. Well, 2020 seems to be singing the same song to leaders. There are…