Strategy And Planning

  • People Change – The First Time Around

    Over time, the institutional knowledge and impact of the founders, original leaders, and employees of an organization can be taken for granted.  It can be difficult to envision the organization without their vision and commitment, so planning can be inadequate when it comes to people. Sometimes, it seems easier not to think too far in […]

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  • Harvesting for Success: 6 Key Steps

    Growing up in the Chicagoland area, fall was a great a season because it meant harvest time. It started with helping Mom out in her garden, where I learned about annuals, perennials, and vegetable gardening. She took great discipline and care with her garden, and our hours together in the yard was a time for […]

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  • Better Not Bigger: 3 Ways Innovation is Contrarian

    Companies that successfully innovate and gain a lead in the marketplace rarely keep their lead over time. 1. Innovations are non-conforming Many innovations are misunderstood. Sometimes consumers are slow to understand a new product and the value it provides. It takes time for the marketplace to absorb the fundamental aspects of an innovation – and […]

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  • Better Not Bigger: Four Signs a Company “Cares”

    Many of today’s workforce says they are overworked and underpaid. According to the American Psychological Association Center for Organizational Excellence, 49% of workers say they are undervalued. Are people an important asset in most companies? In today’s politically correct environment, most companies have written principles touting their workforce, and the individuals comprising it, as their […]

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