2020 Vision: How Strategic Planning Helps Better See the Future – Oct 2019

Strategy requires making choices about the future. But here’s the problem: most humans (and therefore most organizations) are actually fairly bad at predicting the future!  (Remember the now infamous prediction by IBM that the worldwide market for PCs was about four?!)  Why?  Because, well, the future is uncertain!  There are numerous variables, each acting on […]

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The Secret Sauce of Leadership: 9 Traits that All Good Leaders Have — Sept 2019

Leadership matters.  It’s what separates the good organizations from the bad and the great organizations from the good.  Good leadership is critical for optimizing resources, maximizing employee engagement, aligning organizational activities, and achieving and sustaining high performance.  In fact, research shows that leadership is the number one driver of superior organizational outcomes.  Or, said another way: without good leadership, […]

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Why Good Organizations Sometimes Fail – PEN June 2019

I get asked occasionally what is the single biggest reason organizations fail.  Of course, there isn’t one right answer: organizations – even from the same sector or industry – have different cultures, different core competencies, different strategic challenges and advantages, different circumstances that contribute to success or failure.  As a result, some organizations struggle with […]

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