7 ways to kill strategic implementation of vision before it gets off the ground

It was to be the biggest and most comprehensive realignment of health care ever. When President Obama engineered the Affordable Care Act the vision for the project was grand and promising. (NOTE: I am NOT concerned about politics here. I reference this ONLY because it is a graphic and present example of how things go … Read more…

Viability – lessons from Studebaker

They started making wagons for farmers, miners and the military in 1852. Incorporated in 1868 under the name Studebaker Brothers Manufacturing Company, they entered the automobile business in 1902 making electric vehicles. By 1904 they were making gasoline-powered vehicles and for the next 50 years became a major player in the business. With a reputation … Read more…

Leadership’s happy family – Vision, strategy, & tactics

One non-profit agency operating in Africa opened restaurants as part of its fund-raising strategy. A charitable organization working on the African continent developed a focused vision and successfully imprinted it upon those who worked in the organization both in the US and in Africa. The board and the organization’s director turned their attention to the … Read more…

7 Steps You Need to Take to Develop a Strategic Plan…And You’ve Already Done One of Them

I had been hired by the tourism department of a large Native American Tribal government to help them develop a strategic plan. They had a largish budget and had raised the visibility of tribal lands and attractions but there was no rhyme or reason. They engaged public relations firms and bought airtimes and ads on … Read more…

6 secrets to keeping your team working for the same goals.

Does your right hand know what your left hand is doing and why it is doing it? In assisting organizations, businesses, and individuals in developing and implementing an effective vision one of my first questions is what is your vision for this company? After hearing their definition, I will ask the department heads, the associates … Read more…

There are a lot of things you can measure. Vision is not one of them.

Vision can be qualified easily enough, but I think it is a mistake to quantify it. Let’s go back to Lowe’s vision statement, one I referred to in earlier posts in this series: We will provide customer-valued solutions with the best prices, products, and services to make Lowe’s the first choice for home improvement. There … Read more…

The principle of risk management

Let’s say for the purpose of this article that you have a position open and a slate of applicants who possess approximately the same list of qualifications, what do you do? You start looking at qualities. Certain qualities are important in almost any job but particularly critical when working in a service industry or in … Read more…

The principle of promissory note

You see them too if you ever scan the listings. I am talking about the jobs sections of Craigslist. You can make thousands of dollars working for an unnamed company whose application address is a blind one. This is a common theme of mine. The setting was a private school. The newly installed headmistress faced … Read more…

The principle of foreign exchange – 6 mistakes motivators make

In the first article in my Flipping the Switch series, I wrote about a sales manager frustrated with a top performer on his team (article here). The problem came about because the sales manager and the salesperson in question were after two different things. The article immediately before this one (the Principle of Positive Balance) … Read more…