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Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

Will You Be Talking about How You Will Implement This Year’s Plan … Next Year?

Strategy Execution Not Working?

A re you still trying to cobble together a plan to actually implement your strategy this year?

Last week, we talked about the inevitable slowdown in strategy execution. The summer slows us down, some of these initiatives have cooled down, some of them have worn us out and we wish they’d just go away.

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We still get to ask this question:

If the execution of a company’s plans is an avowed priority, critical to the success of both the CEO and the business, why aren’t CEOs spending enough time on it to make it successful?

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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Monday’s Quote of the Week

mon quote truly listen

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Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

Hope Springs Eternal … but it’s not enough!

How’s that strategy execution coming along?

I ’ll bet things are starting to drag about now, aren’t they? Summer’s here, you’re dialing it back a little, taking some well-deserved vacation. You launched the year full of promise … but many of your initiatives seem to be stuck, people have too much on their plates, the plans you made may not quite make it to the finish line …

How do you get your initiatives back on track?

The gum does kinda lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight, doesn’t it? Even though you’re about to round the clubhouse turn toward year-end, you’re discovering that it’s much easier to start than to finish.

You struggle to keep the engine stoked with the same energy that propelled your launch at the beginning of the year.

You may be feeling some of the air coming out of the tires, and begin to wonder … “where did all of our energy go”?

What’s that whimpering sound?

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Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Monday’s Quote of the Week

Mon quote keep it in port

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Wednesday, August 17th, 2016

The past offers no forgiveness for today’s transgressions!

What’s missing? Why do we keep wrestling with the same issues that we’ve examined and discussed throughout our careers?

T hat’s what makes it both fascinating … and painful … to be reminded about our timeless journey and our ongoing struggle to find the right balance to fulfill the lives we envision for ourselves.

“To be or not to be that is the question.”

I’ve always been intrigued by Shakespeare’s line … not only because of its famous lineage, but because so few know the words that follow and give the phrase its power:

“Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or take arms against a sea of troubles, and by opposing, end them.”

I recently sent a note to a few of my former partners, accusing Yo-Yo Ma of hijacking for his new album one of our frequently-invoked phrases: “Goat Rodeo Sessions.”

In those days, we applied it to all manner of things that appeared as a super-cluster of mayhem and chaos. What I’ve learned is that poor project planning and organization is the hallmark of many of the failed projects on which we have all served.

what should be on your routines list? Keep reading …

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Monday, August 15th, 2016

Why there is no “I” in TEAM.

Mon quote go with a group

 

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Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

More Timeless Leadership Lessons | Why are some challenges so hard to kill?

This week, our magical mystery tour continues with another retrospective about some of the timeless issues that of us face.

M aybe we can figure out why some of these challenges are so hard to kill?

I’ve grabbed a few quotes to re-introduce those concepts (and give you collective access to a bunch of them at once.)

What are Some of the Most Important Leadership Concepts?

None of these issues has gone away. We’re continually battling the same challenges … occasionally finding temporary resolution or respite, but often juggling so many of them because we don’t take time to resolve any of them.

“Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive.” Andrew Grove

“If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.” George Bernard Shaw

Keep reading for more timeless leadership lessons …

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Monday, August 8th, 2016

Are You Doing the Right Thing Every Chance You Get?

mon quote always do right

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