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Building and sustaining a healthy corporate culture

Corporate culture gets a lot of attention in the business press, scholarly articles and popular media. The term was first used by Dr. Elliott Jaques, whose pioneering work includes Stratified Systems Theory—the foundation of the tool set we use with our clients. How...

Managers & Leaders | Empowerment is not enough

I read a lot – it’s a condition of my profession. Fortunately I like to read and there’s no shortage of materials to choose from. Lately, there’s been a lot of attention being paid to the notion of “Empowerment”. Some of what I’m...

A Fine Balance: Balance ST and LT Goals

We often meet executive teams which are overly focused on delivering short term results at the expense of longer term growth. Considering the pressures senior executives receive from their boards and shareholders, this short-term focus is not surprising. However,...

Three Keys to Operational Excellence

Three Keys to Operational Excellence

So you want your organization to get strong today and build for the future using “operational excellence?” Here are three critical things for Boards, CEO’s and COO’s (Chief Operating Officers) to keep top of mind. A good starting point is to consider the principle...

Redesign: Collaboration and Control?

Redesign: Collaboration and Control?

When it comes to organizational design, CEO’s want the outcome of collaborative, innovative places to work and yet struggle with a desire to control information, prevent unnecessary spin, and protect sacred relationships, especially if it means cutting people. This...

In Systems We Trust

In Systems We Trust

The most critical accountability for leaders is defining management systems that make trust possible. Here are five top things that drive strength of trust in your system, which brings speed to execution of your strategy. With the Holiday Season upon us it is...

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