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Habits from the Garden

Habits from the Garden

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

I operate in a very seasonal way, spending some of my time think about the upcoming season. My grandparents had a farm in Virginia, a place where I learned many valuable lessons and fine-tuned habits that have served me well. Some of you know that I garden – vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit trees. Growing […]

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“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 […]

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The Art of Cascading Messages

The Art of Cascading Messages

| February 15, 2013 | 0 Comments

Last month’s blog, The Science of Cascading Messages, dealt with a few of the mechanics of how to cascade messages. As with any dynamic management process, the art of doing is what gives life to the science around it. Having clarity around the ‘why’ of cascaded messages helps to ensure the essence of meaning. A […]

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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 […]

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Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization?  Create a Rallying Cry.

Looking for Immediate, Fundamental Commitment from Your Organization? Create a Rallying Cry.

| February 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

When I facilitate ‘The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team’ workshop, created by Patrick Lencioni, with Executive groups, the session I find most rewarding is the development of the Thematic Goal. It is powerful. A Thematic Goal pulls organizations together. It begins the process of breaking down silos and gathering together resources that give real weight […]

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The Science to Cascading Messages

The Science to Cascading Messages

| January 24, 2013 | 0 Comments

An article in the December 2012 Harvard Business Review caught my attention, How to Help Employees “Get” Strategy by Charles Galunic and Immanuel Hermreck. In this article they refer to the concept of “embeddedness”; companies striving to make sure their employees ’get’ the corporate strategy. The authors take issue with the value of cascading messages […]

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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 […]

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Begin to Develop Your Playbook for Crossing the Chasm

Begin to Develop Your Playbook for Crossing the Chasm

| January 3, 2013 | 0 Comments

The concept of a Playbook, most notably used in sports, has been borrowed by a variety of organizations and industries. In today’s world of radical transformation, a Playbook makes absolute sense. It is action oriented, concise and allows for agility in response to the ever-changing environment. In Pat Lencioni’s most recent book, The Advantage, the […]

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From the Kitchen Table to the Board Table – Crossing the Chasm

From the Kitchen Table to the Board Table – Crossing the Chasm

| December 19, 2012 | 0 Comments

In 1991 Geoffrey Moore wrote a landmark book, Crossing the Chasm, describing the pitfalls and landmines encountered by software companies attempting to market and sell technology products to mainstream customers. It provides incredible insight on marketing imperatives needed to move from start-up to successful and sustainable. From an organizational perspective, moving the heart and soul of […]

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What does your company do, really?

What does your company do, really?

| December 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

This should be a relatively easy question for you to answer. What you do should be addressed in one sentence. Use the Aunt Mabel test. Picture yourself sitting at the family Thanksgiving table. This ought to be easy since most of you recently experienced this annual ritual. Go beyond your memories of turkey, gravy, mashed […]

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