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The Outcomes of Strategic Best Practices: Mediocrity and Disappointment

Strategy management processes and the so-called “best practices” most organizations follow have not kept pace with the demands of the marketplace and the performance expectations of shareholders. By definition, best practices are “tried and true,”…


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A Chief What Officer | the Truth About Titles

A Chief What Officer? The Truth About Titles

I have been a Digital Marketer, a Genius, a Business Representative, and a Shift Manager. I have guided through the titles that life has graciously provided me, without a true understanding of what it meant. Now, I find myself in this position again…


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Leadership Interview With Doug Conant

Write Your Leadership Legacy in 6 Words

While having lunch with a number of writers, Ernest Hemingway claimed he could write a short story that was only six words long. When the lofty group of writers scoffed at the notion, he invited each of them to put ten dollars on the table, saying…


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Principles Over Process

Principles Over Process

ADVANTAGE STRATEGY Five Paradigm-Shifting Principles Repeatable processes and procedures add great value in stable and predictable times. Those are not the times we live in today or likely in the future. Strategy that works has got to be based on…


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6 Communication Habits of Extraordinary Leaders

6 Communication Habits of Extraordinary Leaders (and How They Manage Conflict)

Like him or not, in my view President Obama is the epitome of a master communicator. Next time you see him on television notice his use of communication strategies including body language, voice inflection, gestures, and the intuitive ability to…


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Get off the Strategy Merry Go Round | Strategy Innovation

Get Off The Strategy Merry-Go-Round

Most organizations, and even most strategy consultants, are using strategic planning frameworks built for business models that were designed during the industrial age. These methods are antiquated in both efficiency and effectiveness. They are…


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Are You a Hero Leader

The Nine Deadly Sins of Leadership

Now, before you think I’m going to get all religious on you, let me define the word “sin.” In the original Hebrew language, sin is defined as ‘missing the mark’, much the same as an archer may miss the mark when shooting for a bull’s-eye. In my…


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Bad Leaders Don't Forgive

Bad Leaders Don’t Forgive

“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” ~Mahatma Gandhi Today I’m writing about a topic that is rarely talked about in the leadership domain, especially amongst corporate leaders. Now, before you poo-poo the idea,…


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Being a Courageous Leader

Being A Courageous Leader

The Red Badge of Courage is a novel by Stephen Crane (1871–1900). Taking place during the American Civil War, the story is about a young private of the Union Army, Henry Fleming, who flees from the field of battle. Overcome with shame, he longs for…


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Twisted Leadership

Never in the history of mankind has there been a greater need for leadership and yet there is a massive shortage. The reason is simple. Leadership is taught in universities and courses by intellectual ‘fu – k - wits’ who talk a good game, but don’t…


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Leading Transformational Strategy | Next Practices

Leading Transformational Strategy – Next Practices

Not all business strategies require the same degree of change to be considered successful. Many are simply a continuation of an already established path and destination. Others identify the change in some areas of the business but those changes do…


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Strategy – Why It’s Broken and How To Fix It

Only 20%-30% of corporate and business unit strategies successfully deliver expected results. That is a bold statement. However this statistic has been reported in many studies from reputable firms and publications and mirrors much of what I have…


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The Language of Leadership: 5 Actions To Transform Performance

Our organizational world is constituted and shaped by language. It is also accessed and made available to us through language. Language acts as the lens through which we can see and understand the challenges presented, and subsequently make sense of…


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Being a Great Leader | How Do You Balance Career Success and Happiness

Being A Great Leader: How Do You Balance Career Success and Happiness?

Being great, living an extraordinary life starts with waking up. Most people don't even know they are asleep. As the Jesuit spiritual leader, Anthony De Mello said, “They're born asleep, they live asleep, they marry in their sleep, they breed…


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Flip Your Organization Chart | Changing your perspective

Flip Your Organization Chart

Do you know what everyone in your organization does? To find out, you might want to change your perspective. Years ago I learned to draw reading Betty Edwards’ book, “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” The effort sharpened my perspective of…


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The Toxic Leader

There is a new definition of leadership in our lexicon. The seagull leader is someone who flies in, s**t’s over everything, and leaves. I’m constantly amazed when working inside organizations that the names and examples of such people come up…


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