RSSAccountability

More Plates to Keep Spinning

More Plates to Keep Spinning

| June 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Do you find that you are given more and more plates that require your simultaneous attention? While technology provides us with incredible tools to collect data and to connect with each other, we often fail at utilizing the information effectively… or at all. Time and time again our quality of communications is sorely lacking. What […]

Continue Reading

Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

Organizational Health, a 2013 Imperative

| May 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Conference Board recently released the results of their CEO Challenges 2013 survey. The subtitle, Countering the Global Slowdown, Optimizing Talent and Operational Performance to Create Competitive Advantage, underscores the imperative for healthy organizations. The top five challenges reported, by global ranking, are: 1. Human Capital 2. Operational Excellence 3. Innovation 4. Customer Relationships and 5. […]

Continue Reading

Are You a Courageous Follower?

Are You a Courageous Follower?

| April 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Businesses, governments, all of our institutions, need more courageous followers- a lot more. Followership demands that we are accountable, not just for ourselves, but for the organizations and institutions in which we reside. To be a courageous follower requires trust. Trust in ourselves and trust in those around us. Building trust within ourselves and with […]

Continue Reading

Summary of Developing a Playbook – Should we send a copy to Congress and the White House?

Summary of Developing a Playbook – Should we send a copy to Congress and the White House?

| March 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

Why do we exist? Why you exist is your core purpose. Having worked with leadership teams on this issue, whether for-profit, not-for-profit, start-ups or mature businesses, the instances of confusion, disconnect and misalignments are numerous. I think it is best stated by Patrick Lencioni, “As a result of having no real idealistic boundaries, they operate […]

Continue Reading

“Who Must Do What?”

“Who Must Do What?”

| February 25, 2013 | 0 Comments

The final question that needs to be answered in developing a leadership team Playbook, as defined by Patrick Lencioni, is “Who Must Do What?” How often have we walked out of a meeting without clarifying who was going to be responsible that great idea? The following meeting is then filled with mild accusations of, “I […]

Continue Reading

How will we succeed?

How will we succeed?

| February 11, 2013 | 0 Comments

As easy as the Aunt Mabel test is, (see the November edition of Musings on the Cove newsletter, What does your company do really?), figuring out how you will succeed is conversely, very tough. Do you cut prices, do you add features, do you outsource, or do you differentiate? “We need to focus on just a […]

Continue Reading

How Does Your Company Behave?

How Does Your Company Behave?

| January 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Pat Lencioni’s The Advantage addresses the question of “How Does Your Company Behave” by breaking down the values of a company, evidenced by the behaviors of its people, into 4 subsets: Core Values, Aspirational Values, Permission-to-Play Values and Accidental Values. In today’s newsletter I’d like to talk about Core Values. The majority of my last 12 years […]

Continue Reading

Strong Systems – Minimizing Time Wasters – Optimizing Creativity

Strong Systems – Minimizing Time Wasters – Optimizing Creativity

| October 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

It is amazing what the power of systems can do to alleviate time  wasters. Ideally, strong dynamic systems are ingrained in our company’s culture. The Denison Culture Survey addresses this issue in its culture assessment survey under Coordination and Integration. Participants respond to such statements as, “Our approach to doing business is very consistent and predictable“ and “It […]

Continue Reading

“I Can’t Talk to You without a Form!”

“I Can’t Talk to You without a Form!”

| May 14, 2012 | 0 Comments

Have you wondered about the demise of our quality of relationships within the workplace? For the purposes of this blog, I am going to stick to the workplace for this writing as the  state of relationships outside the workplace is way over my head.  There are lots of challenges within today’s workplace environments – not […]

Continue Reading

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making What’s the Outcome of a Bad Meeting? Part 3 of 5

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making What’s the Outcome of a Bad Meeting? Part 3 of 5

| August 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

Good meetings = good decisions, time well spent, and clear next steps. Bad meetings = cynicism, apathy, a waste of valuable time and little to no action. Here’s a scenario for you: Think about the last time your leadership team got together. Let’s say you were in the conference room for 2 hours with 8 […]

Continue Reading