Hamilton, Napoleon and why every company needs a strategic plan

Hamilton, Napoleon and why every company needs a strategic plan

In 1805, Britain risked being invaded by Napoleon’s forces. The Battle of Trafalgar would become a decisive battle thanks to one strategic decision. As they prepared for battle, the British — led by Admiral Nelson — had a fleet of 27 ships, while the combined French...
Setting your business up for repeat success

Setting your business up for repeat success

For over a century since winning the World Series in 1908, the Chicago Cubs struggled largely due to a lack of investment and commitment to create not only a team that could achieve success for one season, but could enjoy repeated success over many seasons. Every now...
Don’t Confuse Mission & Vision

Don’t Confuse Mission & Vision

Interchangeably using “Mission” and “Vision” can unintentionally create confusion, as Mission and Vision should be distinct, mutually reinforcing ideas that catalyze your organization to achieve its unique purpose. Mission is the compelling reason your organization...
Do You Have the Leadership Confidence of an Irish Footballer?

Do You Have the Leadership Confidence of an Irish Footballer?

Recently I was in Ireland for a family vacation and had the fortunate pleasure to watch the Ireland versus Italy European Football Championship game.  I don’t know much about soccer but being married to an Irishman I have definitely seen my fair share of games.  This...
The Power of Four Helpful Questions

The Power of Four Helpful Questions

Sometimes I am asked by people looking to create a plan with action steps what is the most effective way in one to two hours to gain as much perspective as possible prior to determining the action plan. In response I tell them to have a dialogue with the project’s...

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