Can You Form Cultural Strategy?

If you want something to improve, you have to do something to improve it. I have a friend who wanted to improve his relationship with his wife. You know what he did? He started taking his wife on a date every Monday night. They haven’t missed a date night in 14 years and they have […]

WHAT EXCITES TEAM MEMBERS – SIGNIFICANT GOALS

A goal that excites my school-age children is a dream season and winning a trophy. It soon fades, and they ask, what’s next? WHAT’S A GOAL AN ORGANIZATION COMMONLY CHOOSES? Since most organizations live in quadrant 3 or the lower right of the Business Excellence 2×2, it’s SOMETHING THAT MOVES THEM FROM LEFT TO RIGHT […]

Add Culture to Enhance Strategy Execution

High strategy (mind), low culture (heart) is where most organizations live – quadrant 3 or the lower right in the Business Leadership Excellence 2×2. What happens when you have high strategy and low culture? You have spiritless results…   You make lots of money and culture is a non-factor. It doesn’t affect your team members’ […]

Do You Have a Hand Print on Your Back?

One of my boys is close to earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He needs exactly 1 requirement for 1 last merit badge and completion of his eagle project. It’s taken many years to get to this point and lately he’s been finding ways to delay. Finally, I asked him to make a completion schedule […]

ENGAGEMENT DOESN’T IMPROVE RESULTS, RESULTS IMPROVE ENGAGEMENT

Have you ever been on a family road trip with children where you had to correct one of them and they reacted with – ‘well, Johnny did it too and THEY didn’t get in trouble’. Many organizations are on the ‘improving engagement bandwagon’ to improve results and if you ask them why, they react with […]

Improving Engagement and Smoked Salmon

My 16 year-old son smoked his first salmon recently and it could have happened several years ago. The problem was me… Why? I didn’t think he was capable and I felt I had to do it. The lesson is others can usually do more than you think if given the opportunity. I could’ve been raising […]

Your Obstacle to Excellence

As revealed in last week’s post, the biggest obstacle you and your organization faces to reaching the upper right quadrant either individually or organizationally is when your perceived WHO is out of sync with your real WHO. Here’s an example – Winston, the CEO, creates a new policy and everybody must follow the policy. But, […]

DON’T PEE IN THE POOL

One of our summertime rituals is our kids’ participation with the neighborhood swim team – practice every morning and swim meets on Thursday nights… The title of a recent Seth Godin post reminded me of something we’ve all learned when swimming, and it applies to our lives, DON’T PEE IN THE POOL. What I mean […]

Low Strategy, Low Culture

LOW STRATEGY, LOW CULTURE Can a company start in the lower left quadrant? No. But companies can fall there and disappear. If you’re in the upper left quadrant (low strategy, high culture) or lower right (high strategy, low culture), your organization is exposed to unnecessary risk. You’re just a step away from low strategy, low […]

Business Leadership Excellence 2×2

This is the Business Leadership Excellence 2×2. If we take the mind, which is the WHAT on the x-axis and the heart, which is the WHY on the y-axis, we’re able to create a quad chart. We want to get to the upper right quadrant which is high mind – we know WHAT we’re doing […]

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