Category Archives for "Month: October 2015"

Book review: Good Business, Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning

Note: This review previously appeared in Compass Points April 2004 Thomas Ambler reviews: Good Business, Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning By Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi Viking Penguin, 2003, 211 pages Are you a leader who intentionally seeks to practice “bad business”? Of course not, that’s ridiculous! But maybe you are and don’t know it. The title […]

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Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key – Part 3

Part 3: Developing the solution By Denise A. Harrison How do you develop a process for strategic alignment in your company? Here are some thoughts as to how you can engage each department: Strategy Review Start by reviewing the corporate strategy, goals and objectives. Make sure that the associates understand the big picture. Situation Analysis […]

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Time to Set Goals for 2016 and Beyond: What Can We Learn from VW?

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant VW Goals Goal: Triple sales in the US Goal: Become the world’s largest automaker VW achieved these goals in 2015 – was it worth it? As VW announced its goals, it knew that it would have to be able to meet drivers’ requirements in a way that set it apart […]

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Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key – Part 2

Part 2: Attacking the problem By Denise A. Harrison, Senior Consultant Strategic Alignment: Two Way Communication The next year we took the following approach: initially we followed the same process set out in previous years, the senior management team continued to set the corporate strategy and select the key company-wide objectives. Once again, I spoke […]

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Assumptions and Uncertainty

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant As Mark Twain once famously said, “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”  This most certainly applies in strategic planning.  Your vision for the future is based on your team’s educated guesses (aka assumptions) about […]

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