Published on: Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Setting strategy is elegant. It's a clean and sophisticated process of collecting and analyzing data, generating insights, and identifying smart paths forward. Done at arm's length in an academic fashion, tight logic is the only glue needed to hold ideas together. The output is a smooth narrative in a professional-looking document made up of Venn diagrams, 2×2 matrices and high-level plans of attack. Jettison this business. Focus efforts here. Build up this organizational capability.
Executives buy into the plan. The strategists, confident in their intellectual prowess, quietly recede into the background.
Then the trouble starts. Execution is a minefield. The clean and elegant logic of strategy gets dirty in the real world. Agendas compete. Priorities clash. Decisions stall. Communication breaks down. Timelines get blown. It's never a question of if
these problems will happen; it's a question of when and to what degree. Managing these challenges takes street smarts and muscle. Overwhelming success means you take a few punches, but still make the plan happen. The process is always a little ugly. The executors' dirt-in-the-fingernails view on the ground is much different from the strategists' high-minded view from the air.
Published on: Monday, January 27, 2014
Carlos Brito, Chief Executive Officer of Anheuser-Busch InBev, one of the world's top five consumer products companies, opened his World Business Forum presentation by telling attendees that corporate culture can remain the same across geographical regions, and it's important not to dilute a winning culture as companies grow. If you have the right high-performance culture, which makes for a high-performance company, you can, and must, have a "company way" of doing things, a way that can be recognized no matter where in the world the office is located.
Published on: Friday, January 24, 2014
I have recently spoken with several members who are thinking about starting a job search or are looking to accelerate their current efforts in the new year. This is a common theme at this time of year, so I have put together four tips that I've gleaned from some of our top career strategists and recruiters who counsel members every day as to what makes sense in today's unforgiving job market.
Published on: Thursday, January 23, 2014
In the leadership leverage machine, your input strength is nothing less than your leadership ability. You get more power into your lever by becoming a stronger leader. Today's simpler information exchange, better communications, and increased mobility have changed the meaning of "leader." Here's how you can take advantage of the recent reset in business attitudes:
Published on: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Last Friday's Jobs Report of 74K was disappointing. Disappointing as it surprised the markets and surprised economists who were looking for over 180K growth in jobs.
For the media, it was disappointing because they thought we were on the verge of a breakout to the upside and this did not happen. Remarkably, the unemployment rate declined from 7 percent to 6.7 percent as a large number of workers were discouraged and left the workforce — doubly disappointing for sure.