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Buck the Trend

By |March 29th, 2017|Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Effectiveness|

Over the past several months, I have seen half a dozen examples of ageism when organizations have cited a reluctance to promote talented and experienced executives as "they are likely only going to work a few more years." The irony is that the boards for many of these same companies are seeking director candidates with decades of [...]

Avoid the Trump Effect

By |March 1st, 2017|Leadership, Team Effectiveness|

I have to admit, I vacillate between considerable Trump fatigue and being captivated by what is and will be a fascinating sociological exercise. (I refrain from any commentary here on his values, his words or his actions.) Like most everything in life, I am seeking the learning for business leaders, individuals, and political leaders. Here [...]

Preparing CEO Successors

By |November 2nd, 2016|Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Effectiveness|

In my last newsletter, I referenced my vivid memory of Ed Clark, former CEO, TD Bank Financial Group, saying to his executives, “If any of you want my job and I hope some of you do, you need to know it is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” I reflected on his message [...]

Eyes Wide Open

By |October 19th, 2016|Leadership, Operational Excellence, Team Effectiveness|

I vividly recall sitting at CEO Ed Clark’s table several years ago and him saying to us, “If any of you want my job, and I hope some of you do, you need to know it is 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.” Being the CEO does not start and end within an [...]

Achieving Top Line Growth

By |March 22nd, 2016|Leadership, Team Effectiveness|

My heart goes out to leaders across the globe. The combination of low commodity prices, increasing minimum wage, higher corporate taxes, greater regulation, historically high supplies of shale gas and oil requires decisive action for effected industries and firms. Companies have responded with dramatic expense reduction. However, we know that companies do not achieve greatness [...]

Why Greece Matters for Your Corporate Culture

By |September 16th, 2015|Leadership, Team Effectiveness|

World markets have been caught in the riptide of Greece’s 3rd bailout in 10 years. Systemic and widespread resistance to austerity measures has contributed to a staggering debt load - 177 percent of GDP.  While observing the negotiations, missed deadlines, and public protests, I consistently see parallels to my client organizations. As Brent crude oil [...]

Add Safety Training, Lose Common Sense?

By |August 11th, 2015|Team Effectiveness|

Safety Moments have become a prominent feature at employee town halls, staff meetings, gatherings in field locations, etc. Many companies have introduced safety-training modules and require all employees to complete these on an annual basis. But are they working? How do you best measure the effectiveness of these programs? If you have not recently toured [...]

The Demise of Change Management

By |July 13th, 2015|Leadership, Productivity, Team Effectiveness|

We’ve tried change management and it doesn’t work. Weary executives have collectively committed millions of dollars to change management programs, tools, workshops, and employee certification. The result has been a resoundingly hollow thud. In most organizations, adoption of new ERP systems, desired cultural changes or improved processes in operations, production, or accounting are slower than [...]

Leadership Means Letting Go

By |July 19th, 2011|Team Effectiveness, Uncategorized|

How do you measure your effectiveness as a leader?  Do you consider employee turnover to be a blessing or a curse?  Do you actively support your employees taking on new roles? Even if it is outside of your department or area of responsibility? In my work with leaders at all levels I have recently heard [...]