Every organization values TALENT. Yet, we see case after case of great talent falling short of expectations. The best examples are in the world of professional sport where fat payrolls for super stars fail to bring team championships. Obviously, there is more at play. The prerequisites for success such as hard work, motivation and teamwork […]
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Leamington, a little town in the province of Ontario, is the tomato capital of Canada. The town earned that honor by farming vast acreages of tomatoes in fields and greenhouses. Their tomato expertise caught the attention of the H. J. Heinz Company who erected a factory in Leamington in 1908. And for more than 100 […]
When I was in brand management, social media did not exist. But I can tell you this: I would have had a field day with this exciting medium because I valued the power of ‘big ideas’ to infuse growth into the brands under my wing. Frankly, I had no choice, because I’d worked for small […]
Should every company be striving for the form of strategic advantage that has become the hallmarks of Amazon, Google and Facebook? For sure, in the tech world, it’s hard to imagine success without quick and continuous technology improvement. What about your world, though? Whether you sell information or cremation, the common thread for success is sustaining an […]
I have known many CEOs and CMOs over my long career. Yet, few of them created innovative cultures. Many tried. Some failed to comprehend the definition of the word itself; others lacked the vital leadership traits to inspire creativity and implement great ideas. Those who were adept at driving innovation and sustaining it over the […]
At one time or another, every business goes through a rough patch – I’m referring to aggravations that every leader and manager faces including missing annual budgets, cost overruns on major projects, delayed product launches, price wars, labor unrest, etc. Before deciding on the course of action, leaders must determine whether the problem is a […]
We are conditioned to think about leadership in terms of leading others. We know the value of inspired employees, and we recognize the importance of uniting individuals behind a common cause. But, leadership isn’t always guiding or directing others.
Strategy is critical to clarity. Without it, the complexity virus infects every nook and cranny of the organization. Left unchecked, that virus will stifle, stagnate, and bring a company to its knees.
A half century has passed since I was in high school; it feels like no more than a decade ago. In my mind, several images of the ‘60s remain vivid – the assassination of a young US President, a man walking on the moon, a war in southeast Asia, the civil rights movement, a band from […]