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Why Aren’t You Addressing The Elephant In The Room?

Why Aren’t You Addressing The Elephant In The Room?

Business owners have a seemingly never ending number of battles they need to fight to the point it can make them blind to the biggest issue they need to resolve – that massive five ton elephant in the room!  And the elephant didn’t just show up yesterday – he or she...

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Strategic Planning – RENEWAL: What Must Change?

Strategic Planning – RENEWAL: What Must Change?

Change Is Certain For millennia humanity has experienced the certainty of change - for instance Greek Philosopher Heraclitus in the 5th century BC said “The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change.”  Change is a given.  Change is certain.  Change is to be expected. Yet...

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Strategic Planning – MANAGEMENT: How Are We Doing?

Strategic Planning – MANAGEMENT: How Are We Doing?

Focusing On Collective Results Takes Intentionality Patrick Lencioni’s “5 Dysfunctions Of A Team” model captures well the unhealthy behaviors that hold all teams back.  The first dysfunction, absence of trust leads to a fear of conflict; the first two dysfunctions...

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Tips on Navigating Difficult Conversations

Tips on Navigating Difficult Conversations

We’ve all been there. Maybe it's a small issue that’s snowballed into a larger one or that nagging feeling we get when we know we need to address an issue with a colleague, boss or teammate. Navigating conflict is hard. Which is why many of us would rather stick our...

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Strategic Planning – STRUCTURE: What Form Is Right For Us?

Strategic Planning – STRUCTURE: What Form Is Right For Us?

Organizational Restructuring Efforts Usually Fail Restructuring efforts often fail to deliver hoped for results and many fail outright.  A November 2016 Harvard Business Review – Getting Reorgs Right – article cited a McKinsey survey of reorganizations found that 80%...

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Strategic Planning – ACTION: What’s Important Now?

Strategic Planning – ACTION: What’s Important Now?

Organizational Focus Is your organization able to get the most important things done in the midst of the ‘whirlwind’, the distractions of your day-to-day responsibilities? Chris McChesney, author of The 4 Disciplines of Execution writes "The real enemy of execution is...

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The Importance of Self-Awareness in Leadership

The Importance of Self-Awareness in Leadership

You’ve likely experienced being on a team with a leader that lacks self-awareness. They’re the type that have a difficult time recognizing how their emotions, words and behaviors affect other people. They tend to have difficulty engaging the hearts and minds of those...

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Strategic Planning – PLANNING: Where Are We Headed?

Strategic Planning – PLANNING: Where Are We Headed?

The Misguided View Of Separating ‘Strategy’ From ‘Planning’ Some argue that ‘strategic planning’ is somewhat of a contradictory term as ‘strategy’ and ‘planning’ are two distinct activities with little connection to each other.  The main argument for such a position...

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Strategic Planning – PERSPECTIVE: Where Are We Now?

Strategic Planning – PERSPECTIVE: Where Are We Now?

Without Proper Perspective You May Be Cutting Down The Wrong Jungle! Stephen Covey in the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” uses an illustration where three distinct roles in an organization – producers, managers and leaders – are cutting their way through a...

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Understanding Your Blind Spots

Understanding Your Blind Spots

A friend was recently recounting a story I’ll never forget: He was driving on the highway with his wife and three boys on their way home from Christmas break. His wife’s family is from Mid-Michigan and their home is in Chicago, which means winter travel can get dicey,...

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