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’ […]

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 […]

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 […]

Reverse Course! RESULTS Create Engagement

I worked with a successful healthcare client recently on using culture to enhance execution of strategy to optimize results. They had disagreement on 1. direction of the organization and 2. ownership – that had slowed the organization. What most leadership teams do is focus on thorny issues like these without first laying ground work to […]

WHO We Are = WHAT We’re Doing + WHY We’re Doing It

It’s interesting, most of us don’t know WHO we are. Who incorporates 2 questions – WHAT & WHY. What we’re doing or performance is what we call the ‘mind’. Why we’re doing it or why we’re here is what we call the ‘heart’. When we know who we are, we know our IDENTITY. Finally, if […]