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Burnout: Things are Just Going Wrong

Burnout is rough. You know that feeling when you’re sitting on the couch in the evening and dread going to work in the morning. Or the Saturday that you tell yourself that the weekend is almost over and you’re that much closer to having to go to work. You’re burned out and need to find . . . → Read More: Burnout: Things are Just Going Wrong

When Times Are Tough, People Try to Show Their Value

It’s November of 2008 and we are facing the most concerning economic downturn in recent memory. Sure, the mid ’90’s had some challenges but nothing like the economic slowdown that we’re seeing today. People react in funny ways to market challenges. They either take the ostrich approach and try to perform “business as usual” or . . . → Read More: When Times Are Tough, People Try to Show Their Value

Changing an Organization’s Goals

After goals are crisply defined for an organizational transformation there are some crucial elements of a group that have to be evaluated. A leader has to look at the existing team and assess the gaps between the articulated goals and what is being delivered today. This analysis should include potential system and process requirements as . . . → Read More: Changing an Organization’s Goals

The Need For Organizational Change

Organizational transition, transformation, turn around. There are many euphemisms to describe the act of changing an organization. What do they mean? It is popular for people to describe themselves as “change agents” but they are usually referring to some very clever ideas they’ve implemented in existing organizations to increase value incrementally. This is evolution, to . . . → Read More: The Need For Organizational Change

Working on the business, not in it

I just finished working with other leaders on the coming fiscal year initiatives. As I worked through the identification of our future efforts it occurred to me that some of my peers were caught by surprise by this planning exercise. Some were prepared with specific needs of their organizations because of well defined goals and . . . → Read More: Working on the business, not in it

The New Corporate Catch Phrase – Collaboration

I chuckle when reflecting on the latest trend in high tech corporations. Word is that we are moving from a “command and control” structure to one of “collaboration.” Wiki, Web 2.0, blogs. All exciting technologies that help us to communicate across geographies and maintain a common thread in the conversations over time. In this new . . . → Read More: The New Corporate Catch Phrase – Collaboration

Do You Have the Right People?

What happens if you don’t have the right people? The value of the organization isn’t met and the reputation of the function is poor. I’ve seen many organizations in large and medium sized companies that are viewed as “retirement jobs.” What happens is that either the deliverables and goals are not well defined or the . . . → Read More: Do You Have the Right People?

CYA…Cover Your Assumptions

Most business projects start out as an irritating tactical issue. A problem will come to someone’s attention that they believe needs solving. Unfortunately, the normal approach is to suggest a solution on the fly and initiate the resolution. It is rare that leaders take the time to understand the causes and the scope of a . . . → Read More: CYA…Cover Your Assumptions