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Silence is Not a Yes – Facilitating Agreements in Your Meetings

Silence is Not a Yes – Facilitating Agreements in Your Meetings

| October 23, 2012 | 1 Comment

Don’t take silence as a yes, don’t take it as agreement, and really don’t take it as commitment. At least 99% of organizational meeting should result in commitment to action and commitment to action requires agreement between the parties. Those agreements should translate into the execution of steps, which lead to the fulfillment of commitments […]

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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 […]

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Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios– Part 3 of 4

Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios– Part 3 of 4

| December 7, 2011 | 3 Comments

The Knowledge Era – “We Didn’t Know that We Didn’t Know That!”Since the late 1990s we have moved from the Information Era to the Knowledge Era.  The differentiator for companies is now their ability to translate the collection of information from their workers into knowledge that can be used within the company. The goal is […]

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Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios– Part 2 of 4

Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios– Part 2 of 4

| November 12, 2011 | 1 Comment

The Master Scenario Planner – My Grandfather. My grandfather was a master at Scenario Planning. He served in the Air Force during World War II and started his family during the Great Depression. There were no guarantees and life changed quickly for him, often in unforeseen ways. Scenario Planning was how he survived, and in […]

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Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios: Part 1 of 4

Strategic Planning, The Art of Developing Scenarios: Part 1 of 4

| October 19, 2011 | 0 Comments

Do You have Your 2012 Roadmap in Place? Might want to Throw it Out the Window. Can any of us predict the landscape of 2012? Daniel Rasmus, author of Listening to the Future, (www.danielwrasmus.com) says “Certainty is a myth.” I couldn’t agree more. Leadership Teams, Executive Teams, whatever the title, need to get good, really […]

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The Art and Skill of Decision-Making The Head and Heart of Decision-Making and How to Adjust  Part 5 of 5

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making The Head and Heart of Decision-Making and How to Adjust Part 5 of 5

| September 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

“People with high levels of personal mastery cannot afford to choose between reason and intuition, or head and heart, any more than they would chose to walk on one leg or see with one eye.” – Peter Senge So it is with decision-making. Seasoned decision makers know that their intuition, based on years of experience […]

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The Art and Skill of Decision-Making: Get Off Your Rocking Horse! Part 4 of 5

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making: Get Off Your Rocking Horse! Part 4 of 5

| September 6, 2011 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year I met with a client who described their senior leadership team meetings as a herd of rocking horses. As I was not quite sure what she meant, I asked for clarification. She stated, “You know, lots of movement, but not really getting anywhere.” What a great visual! I could instantly picture the […]

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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 […]

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The Art and Skill of Decision-Making The Foundation for Decisions that Matter Part 2 of 5

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making The Foundation for Decisions that Matter Part 2 of 5

| August 10, 2011 | 3 Comments

Interested in making good decisions that epitomize efficiency and quality? Then, start with trust and add dialogue. Let’s take a look at the definition of both words. Trust – a firm belief that a person or thing may be relied upon; confident expectation, firm belief or confidence in the honesty, integrity, reliability, justice, etc. of […]

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The Art and Skill of Decision-Making Part 1 of 5

The Art and Skill of Decision-Making Part 1 of 5

| July 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

It was late afternoon and I was on a conference call with an executive who had recently left his company. He is a good leader – competent, hardworking, with a solid track record. Yes – even in this economy good people do leave. We were in the midst of completing a cultural analysis to determine […]

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