Leadership & Infrastructure

Why Innovators Make Terrible Firefighters

Let me first acknowledge that this post has nothing to do with real firefighters - you know, the guys who actually risk their lives in burning buildings. This post has to do with business "fire fighters", those mid and senior level executives who rush into "critical" situations to clean up terrible customer service or rush to fill a product gap.

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Testing Headwinds of Change

Every year, millions of people “resolve” to lose weight. It’s the number one goal set each January 1. And by about this time each year, it’s the most abandoned one. There are dozens of theories about why that might be, but the explanation I like most is that our optimism tends to overpower any thought of contingency planning.

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The 3-Hour Vision Meeting

The constant rapid changes in today's business climate demands on-the-fly gear shifting for teams and business units. Few can afford to wait until next year's 3-day strategic offsite meeting, a model fast becoming a relic of more halcyon days. So how do you quickly and nimbly get everyone on board to create collective mindshare and emotional investment in charting a path for the foreseeable future?

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