Metrics: Are They Mapped With Your Business Objectives?


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Determining Your Top 5 Priorities for 2014

Michael Lee Stallard

Each year Admiral Clark communicated his Top Five priorities and as the Navy developed greater alignment with Clark’s Top Five, it became faster and more responsive. A mistake many leaders make is they are overly ambitious in setting annual priorities.

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20 Questions to Assess the Quality of an Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

I’ve written about how to write a great individual development plan (IDP) - it’s my all-time most popular post, with over 300,000 hits. Here''s a checklist I''ve used to evaluate the quality of a leader''s individual development plan. Are the development actions substantial?

Alternative Development Warning Flag 1 – Developing Business Cases First

Strategy Driven

All business leaders are human and some get overly enamored with and excited about a particular business opportunity. Alternative Development Premium business case development Strategic Planning strategydriven

11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

and whether or not it’s an asset or liability – how you develop and shape it matters. develop a unique insight into what’s needed to make innovation a key pillar in a company’s overall. the business, and ultimately contribute to the organization’s innovation. 11 Proven Ways to.

External Hires May Highlight a People Development Failure

Modern Servant Leader

In other cases, it was because I failed to develop internal team members. As a result, there was no way we could develop the necessary skills in people and still meet our business objectives. I’ve hired externally many times in my career.

Checklist for a Great Individual Development Plan (IDP)

Great Leadership By Dan

Here's a checklist I've used to evaluate the quality of a leader's individual development plan. Are the development actions substantial? To what extent is there connectivity between the career path, leadership assessment, development needs and planned development actions? Are there opportunities for development across organizational boundaries? Accelerated Development 13. Have aggressive timeframes for accomplishing development actions been established?

Your Leadership Development Program Needs an Overhaul

Harvard Business Review

Most companies make big investments in leadership development, rolling out intensive internal programs for high potentials, sending key leaders off to expensive executive education programs, or hiring personal coaches for those moving into key positions at the top of the company. But in our experience, this traditional approach to leadership development doesn’t serve the needs of companies anymore. Business is moving too fast. ” Develop: Let them improvise.

Ready, Set, GOals!

Women on Business

From there it was an instantaneous leap to thinking about business goals for the coming year. How many business planning meetings did you have? What contributions did you/your business make to the community? Business Development Marketing Personal Development Sales Strategy

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Culture by Design: The Essentials

N2Growth Blog

This is created by leveraging the culture-by-design principles developed earlier in the effort and the findings brought to light in the culture baseline work, and, using this material as fodder for a series of shorter workshops with the senior leadership team.

Leadership in Cybersecurity

N2Growth Blog

Below is a list of security initiatives that a security leader would either manage or have parallel impact upon within a business: Data security. Business Continuity (BC). Policy & controls development with implementation.

The Big Picture of Business: Putting Budgeting Into Perspective, The Bigger Picture of Strategic Planning

Strategy Driven

Frame of reference is everything in business. Different people within the same organization have contrasting views as to the Business They’re Really In. The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. Running the business.

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. One of the ways in which you can optimize your business activities would be the focus and attention to detail that a checklist can stimulate. Here is my own business success checklist that will help you optimize your activities for a more efficient and purpose oriented endeavor. Business Success Checklist. The business you’re in.

A Toolkit for Leading Change

Great Leadership By Dan

I recently asked readers to submit their burning leadership development questions. It’s also one of the most written and discussed about topics in leadership development. It’s a matter of strategic priority- figuring out which changes are best aligned to achieve your critical business objectives, and the rest all take a back seat. Those that get picked for a post will receive a free copy of my eBook. This question from Teri: “How do you prepare teams for change?

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Tips For Running A More Efficient Business

Strategy Driven

The less time and energy you waste on a daily basis, the more smoothly your business will run and the more you’ll get done. Run a more efficient business when you pay attention to a few aspects in particular and are proactive about making changes to how you’re currently functioning.

Organizational Transformation Requires Leadership at all Levels

Great Leadership By Dan

Subramanian The Business Challenge The low success rate in organizational transformation and the organizational inability to positively move the dial on the success rate over the years is a strategic problem. These organizations have developed strong transformation capability.

How Does Private Equity Investing Work?

Women on Business

When starting or running a business, there are many ways in which to invest in the business. There are a number of business loans that can be taken out for start-up expenses or established business to expand. If it is a non-profit company, there are thousands of grants that can be secured to fund the costs of the business. One type of funding that may not be known to many business owners is the use of private equity. Expand an established business. •

The Rainmaker Fab Five Blog Picks of the Week

Sales Wolf Blog

 Michael recently attended the Business Growth Expo where Jack Santiago of Disney shed some light on their approach to people management and shares the key points he took away from Jack's presentation. 

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The Big Picture of Business – Doing Your Best Work on Deadlines: Mobilizing the Energy for Best Business Success

Strategy Driven

The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. The Business Tree™ has 7 major parts… 5 primary branches, a trunk (6) and the base (7): The business you’re in. Running the business. Business development.

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Chief Leadership Officer: Disrupting the CEO Status Quo

Lead Change Blog

Designing her business cards, she proudly, yet innocently, appoints herself with the title Chief Executive Officer. Chris doesn’t realize it but she’s just placed her fledgling business at a long-term disadvantage. Challenging the CEO System is business heresy.

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What’s Behind the Leadership Deficit? My Interview with APQC

Great Leadership By Dan

APQC’s (American Productivity & Quality Center) ElissaTucker recently interviewed me for an article published on their site on March 4 called “The "Secrets" of Leadership Development. Here’s the full interview, reprinted with permission: APQC’s Leadership Deficit survey research found that leadership development programs today are considered by many to be ineffective. What do you think are some of the most common leadership development mistakes that organizations make?

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The Big Picture of Business – Planning and Budgeting in Downsized Times

Strategy Driven

The Business Tree : Growth Strategies and Tactics for Surviving and Thriving. The Business Tree™ has 7 major parts… 5 primary branches, a trunk (6) and the base (7): The business you’re in. Running the business. Business development.

Company Culture Metrics Employers Must Track In The Digital Age

HR Digest

Company culture has been intrinsically tied to the success of every business across the globe. But then, it has often been difficult to align company cultures with business objectives. However, aside from these survey sheets passed across, HR managers need to leverage modern tools to create this crucial connection between employees and management, and in developing a strong/appropriate organizational culture.

Coaching Culture: The Art and Science of Success #IndiaHRChat


Better coaching = Better team/business results = Satisfied Customers = Better Bottom lines. - – - – -. Not having clear objective of coaching exercise OR not aligning the coaching goals with business objectives. - – - – -.

Communication Breakdown: Are You Thinking About Your Audience?


As a leader it’s your job to use communication to help your audience make the connection between business objectives and their role in helping you meet them. Have you developed the right mindset to serve your audience in a way that will work with them?

Filling Critical Organizational Roles

Coaching Tip

executives participating in the survey (85%) indicated they instead expect to rely on a combination of internal talent development and outside recruitment. For many, there seems to be a distinct lack of cohesiveness in aligning talent strategy with business strategy.”. Only 4% of U.S.

Teams and Thinking Style

Coaching Tip

Organizations are increasingly relying on the collective power of teams to meet today’s business demands, but many teams aren’t living up to their full potential. With knowledge workers , you can’t develop and maintain an exceptional, consistently high-performing team without focusing first on what drives the team’s behaviors and actions at the root level,” says Ann Herrmann-Nehdi, CEO of Herrmann International.

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Are You Motivating the Wrong Person?

You're Not the Boss of Me

You don’t need a business management degree to understand that motivation is different for every person and that the key is to make sure you are motivating the right person in the right way. Delegating is beneficial to an organization only if it’s done strategically and with clear objectives.

The flaw with managing ideas

Bernd Geropp

A department specifically developed for idea management collects and evaluates the ideas. The objective is to motivate employees, and for them to be more creative and to contribute their idea to the company. Frequently, an “idea collection bureaucracy” develops.

End-of-the-Year Tax Tips for Last Minute Savings

Women on Business

Many of the business owners we work with say they’re ready to get 2011 behind them. January 2012 beckons as business objectives glisten with potential revitalization and realignment. Defer Income – Seasoned seasonal guidance, yet many business owners overlook it.

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Getting Your Fingernails Dirty


There is no substitute for diving into the key details about your business. A strong executive should want and need to know the important details for his or her business, especially when it comes to hearing and absorbing bad news, determining how to address problem accounts and staff, and assessing any negative fluctuations in the business. Instead, set long-term business objectives and develop a framework for the trajectory your team needs to get there.

Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) Business

Coaching Tip

In the volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous (VUCA) business landscape expected to continue for 2015, leaders face many challenges , requiring aggressive, sustained talent management strategies to prepare them for success. This report is a breakthrough because it examines specific talent practices that drive financial performance to help organizations prepare their leaders to manage in this new business environment,” stated Rebecca Ray, Ph.D. ,

A Round Up of My Writing in August 2010


My Writing at QAspire Blog Excellence: Lessons From Anupam Kher The ‘Invisibles’ in Business Performance Engagement, Leadership and Power of Storytelling Metrics: Are They Mapped With Your Business Objectives?

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Dr. Liz Alexander on Thought Leadership

Rajesh Setty

First, Dr. Liz Alexander Bio: Dr. Liz Alexander establishes executives as thought leaders by exposing them to the seven-step process she developed from 25 years as a successful nonfiction author and book consultant. LA: Look at the context in which business is operating these days.

Connecting Unemployed Youth with Organizations That Need Talent

Harvard Business Review

The trend sees big companies such as CVS Health, State Street, and American Express evolving small hiring programs for opportunity youth, driven by corporate social responsibility, into core business strategy (see our study “Hidden Talent: How Smart Companies Are Tapping into Unemployed Youth” ). relies on TWA to teach job readiness and life skills to teens and young adults from low-income communities while also generating proven talent pipeline and business benefits.

To Sound Like a Leader, Think About What You Say, and How and When You Say It

Harvard Business Review

But just as she was about to move into her recommendations, Jack interrupted and said, “Nancy, I appreciate your hard work on this project, but it is not relevant to our agenda, and it doesn’t have merit for the business objectives we’re covering today.” All of these factors relate to developing a strategic executive voice. Try to learn: how they fit into the business as a whole. ways you might support them as a strategic business partner.

Sometimes “Small Data” Is Enough to Create Smart Products

Harvard Business Review

When thinking about practical applications for artificial intelligence in your business, it’s easy to assume that you need vast amounts of data to get started. In 2015, Boeing launched the Aerospace Data Analytics Lab in partnership with Carnegie Mellon University to develop AI technology for airlines. There are three main steps: Set goals that tie back to business objectives. Every company has a data set with unique value to their business.


Four Ways to Scale Digital Capabilities on Your Team

Harvard Business Review

But these organizations still face a daunting challenge in distributing digital expertise: how do you develop digital competency more broadly across a large organization? Make sure your guidelines align to business objectives. Bringing distributed groups up to speed with digital strategy puts you in the guidelines business. Develop complementary pathways to learning.

What Makes Big Data Projects Succeed

Harvard Business Review

To help clear the air and foster a better understanding of what makes big data initiatives succeed, here are some of the key things I’ve learned from companies that are realizing substantial business value with their big data initiatives. Instead they were forming teams of people with quantitative, computational, or business expertise backgrounds. That is an essential task, but it will be an unproductive fishing expedition unless a company has a business problem in mind.

How B2B Marketers Can Get Started with Social Media

Harvard Business Review

McKinsey points out that social media is a great place for B2B marketers to uncover early intelligence on competitor developments and on customer problems, needs, and beliefs. Sell in by connecting the benefits of social media marketing to the concerns and objectives of your organization.

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What It Was Like to Be a Manager in Ukraine

Harvard Business Review

In my former position as Managing Director of Philip Morris Ukraine where I was based from January 2012 until February 2015, I was forced to see it as a business crisis that threatened our people, operations, and bottom line.

Design Your Employee Experience as Thoughtfully as You Design Your Customer Experience

Harvard Business Review

Improving customer experience is often a top business priority, but what about employee experience? Most companies organize employees in standard groupings like job title, rank, department, business unit, or geography. It isn’t news that employees don’t all want the same development opportunities, rewards, and schedules. ongoing learning and development. Temkin Group reports a correlation between employee engagement and success in customer experience.

The Case for Investing More in People

Harvard Business Review

Productivity in most developed economies has been anemic. Beyond wages, other forms of investment in human capital include education and training, improved healthcare, and other, less obvious investments, such as the time and space to explore new ideas and professional development opportunities. Similarly, many organizations are experimenting with using Agile sprints beyond the traditional areas of product development and innovation. Steven Moore for HBR.