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How Would Eleven-Year-Olds Judge the Explanation of Your Strategy?

Be sure that your people have all the information when deploying a strategy. Without enough information, your strategy will be meaningless to them.

Starting Off on the Right Foot

Staffing can be tough. It takes a lot of effort and investment on the part of an organization to find the right person for the job you’re trying to fill.  So once you’ve put in all of that hard work, you want to make sure it was not all in vain.

What Do Student Debt and Strategy Execution Have in Common?

The ability to see the big picture and then act accordingly can help ensure success. While it may be too late for the student-debt bubble, learn how it may help your business.

Decisions without Commitment – a Recipe for Strategic Failure

Decisive leadership is wonderful, but it is not enough. Even good decisions are irrelevant without commitment on the part of those leading the change.

Culture vs. Strategy

Having the right culture ensures a successful and enjoyable process as employees navigate through the strategy to fulfill your future vision.

Plan a People Strategy like a Product Strategy

If leaders think like marketers and treat employees the same way they would customers, the implementation of a new strategy would go much different.

Lifecycle of a Change

Strategic change is a process that takes time and it must be planned out to deliver those first steps of success and ensure sustainment.

Your Managers Aren’t Aligned on Your Strategy

Your business may not be musical, but your orchestra needs a conductor who knows the score.

The Power of Visuals to Solve Story Problems

Solving for complex strategies require visuals to help businesses relay the strategy to employees, just as a 10 year old uses visuals to solve complex math homework.

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Occupy the Root blog. Tell us how well your organization is doing with employee engagement.

Hey Trainers! Stop Shooting All of Us in the Foot! Part 2

It's time for us trainers to stop just following orders and become stewards of good business decision-making!

Hey Trainers! Stop Contradicting Yourselves! Part 1

Trainers - Do you want to sit at the Strategy table, then stop just taking orders.

Working Together is Success – Taking on a Team Attitude

If you want people to “play” with others they need to understand the rules of the game! That means engaging individuals in how their efforts impact their team’s success and how their team’s success contributes to the overall achievements of the company.

The Fine Line Between Direction and Engagement – Part 2

The vision that leaders create is only as strong as the commitment they get from everybody else. Read a few ways to reach this balance.

M&A Make or Break – Do Your Employees Understand the Value it Will Create?

Creating a culture just to have a culture after a merger and acquisition will not help you achieve success. It's more critical to create a culture of competence that is focused around aligning organizational focus, capability, systems, and processes.

Missing a Critical Element of Employment Engagement?

Good strategies need good stories. Here’s why stories are important for getting people excited about executing strategy.

How Successful Strategies Win: Strategic Change as an Interdependent Process

Organizations that “win” have some unwavering principles that guide the way they lead the strategic change process.

From 1776 to 2011: Good Strategies Never Go Out of Date

I’ve always admired George, and I’m continually impressed by the forward-thinking leadership tenets he demonstrated to first his troops and then to his new country.

Five Fundamental Truths of Corporate Strategy Execution

Strategy is really about a focused effort at all levels of the business on how to win in the marketplace. The ability to rally thousands of employees around a common strategic direction becomes a point of competitive differentiation.

Strategy or Values? Yes!

You’ve likely heard the phrase, “Culture eats strategy for lunch.” The idea behind this is that values and cultural norms in an organization are often much stronger than the strategy that gets communicated in PowerPoint decks from the company’s top leaders.

Tilt-shift Thinking…

When the time is taken to show employees a clear picture of the future it can make the biggest problems seem tiny.

Marketing the “friendly skies”

But thinking more like a marketer and creating authentic awareness, excitement, and education about your strategy can have a profound impact on how well you execute throughout your organization.

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