Managers are achievers in their own right. They move up the ranks by applying their skills and talents to opportunities that opened up along the way. Many excel because of their technical expertise. With people reporting to them, the technical skills they rely on in the past become less essential…. [More]
A high tech company is growing at a rapid pace. Revenue increases at 40% annually and headcount has doubled over the last three years. While the business is booming, senior managers are feeling that things are getting a little out of hand. Inconsistent approaches to decision-making and conflicting priorities create… [More]
Sitting in an Amsterdam cafe trying to find something other than eggs and croissants for breakfast, the traditional Dutch biscuit and butter caught my eyes. I had a good chuckle when my food came. What I got was two Dutch cookies served on a small toasted bread roll loaded with… [More]
The competitive marketplace exposes businesses to the risk of irrelevance if they choose to stay attached to the status quo. From enhancement of product offerings to digitalization of the operations model, these transformations demand significant investment. Transformation is hard work. Businesses experience varying levels of success. To facilitate smooth execution,… [More]
Every initiative a business embarks on has an objective to improve its current state. The business goes through the exercise of compiling a list of data to validate the business needs and the return on investment. This addresses the management’s quest to justify the allocation of funding. Once the funding… [More]
Home renovation could be exhausting. After spending hours in selecting the design and materials, we landed a contractor to do the installation. We thought our job was done. Any technical details such as plumbing would be handled by the contractor. I was surprised to come home one day and saw… [More]
Resistance is a key barrier to change implementation. There is no short-cut to getting people on-side. An effective tact is to sell the case for change through winning minds.
Modifying the status quo involves pulling people from their comfort zone and asking them to go about their routine in a new way. The success in implementing change depends on how well the change is rolled out. Whether you are enhancing a billing process or embarking on a major transformation… [More]
On board the plane just about to take off for San Diego, the air stewardess briefed the passengers seated in the emergency exit row the instructions to operate the exit. At the end of the briefing, she asked for verbal affirmation from those passengers that they would be willing to… [More]
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