A Burning Platform

I have been conducting interviews with senior business leaders on transformation. One of the key challenges we discussed was a burning platform for change. For businesses which have been successful, complacency hinders the drive for a leap to the next level of success. Changing the mindset is difficult because things… [More]

The Walk Across Niagara Falls

Onboard the Maid of the Mist boat, I was ferried to the base of the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara Falls. The scenery was spectacular. Two rainbows spanned beautifully across the Falls. On this hot day of 30 degrees Celsius, the mist was a welcoming break from the heat despite the… [More]

Execution Without Measurement Is Gambling

Execution is doing the necessary work to realize the results you set out to achieve. Execution requires resources: people, time and money. To ensure that your efforts are not wasted, you need to be clear on the results you aim for so that you select the right initiatives to work… [More]

Strategy Without Execution Is Hallucination

Strategy development paints a picture of what you want the company to be and the achievements you aim for. Execution is doing the necessary work to deliver the outcome. Many companies fail to implement their strategy successfully. To avoid failure, pay attention to the following: Ensure every employee understands what… [More]

‘You are NOT special’ Commencement Speech

The commencement speech delivered to the 2012 Wellesley High School graduates was anything but special. Instead of platitudes about achievements, English teacher David McCullough Jr. offered doses of reality in his speech, which has garnered praise and criticism. A few excerpts that resonated with me: By definition, there can only… [More]

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