Is Your Business a Fox or a Hedgehog?

Is Your Business a Fox or a Hedgehog?

One of the principles in Jim Collins’ classic book “Good To Great” is what he terms the “Hedgehog Concept”.  This concept is based on a Greek parable which says “The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing,” and Isaiah Berlin’s division of all...
Tell a better brand story

Tell a better brand story

The old saying “He who tells the best story wins” has proven true in all areas of life, across the world, and down through the centuries.   But yet, too many business owners fail to apply this principle to their business, and are getting beaten in the marketplace by...
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...
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...
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%...
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...

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