What is Your Company’s Human Operating System?
DECEMBER 5, 2016
I like to call this collection of systems the organization’s “ Human Operating System.” ” Your firm’s Human Operating System is, of course, informed by your vision , enabled by your strategic plans and is translated into company culture. Here are the key parts of every Human Operating System: 1. To close, what does your organization’s Human Operating System look like?
How To Successfully Achieve Your Goals This Year
JANUARY 26, 2016
Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of being invited to be the in-studio guest expert on CBC Radio to discuss why people have a hard time keeping their New Year’s Resolutions and what we should be doing to be successful in achieving our goals.
A Better Way to START your SMART GOAL process
Let's Grow Leaders
SEPTEMBER 29, 2014
I did, and found myself backward mapping my entrepreneurial journey and found the START before SMART goal process. I was recently asked to give a workshop for the National Speakers Association on SMART goals to help entrepreneurs launch their businesses. goals. Goals Process.
A Lesson On How Successful People Achieve Their Goals
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016
But if we truly want to feel successful in what we do, there’s another question we should be asking ourselves: are we focusing on those goals that really matter? You should be out there going after more of your goals and dreams”.
Goal Setting: Crash Test Dummy Edition
JANUARY 2, 2017
But too often these goals fall by the wayside before the snow has had a chance to melt. With all the writing I’ve been doing recently on goals, I thought it might be fun to put my money where my mouth is, set a New Year’s goal of my own in a public way, and see if I can stick to it.
GC31: Gamified Goal Setting in the Enterprise: helping people win at work | with Kris Duggan of BetterWorks
AUGUST 25, 2015
Focusing on goals establishes a business culture of innovation and collaboration because you are measuring ongoing operations, not a single point in time. This includes communicating the value and impact of more strategic goal setting, tracking, and management to everyone.
Goldilocks, The Three Bears, And Effective Goal Setting
FEBRUARY 13, 2011
Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Goldilocks…… I’ve done a lot of budgeting, planning, and goal setting over the course of my career. Trouble is, there always seems to be a zillion factors that can affect the ultimate prediction of that goal. This was a goal typically tied to an operating metric, like the Net Promoter Score, or the company’s “fault rate (i.e. Leadership goal setting Goldilocks principle three bears
Managerial-Leadership Case Study: Contextual Goals Matter
MAY 31, 2013
Contextual Goals Matter. If the goals are too small people feel micromanaged. If the goals are too large people are lost and unsure what to do, macromanaged. Properly delegated Contextual Goals are Goldilocks Goals …They cannot be too big or too small.
Mentoring and Lifelong Learning
DECEMBER 2, 2016
The mentor requests pro-active changes of mentee, evaluates realism of goals and offers truths about path to success and shortcomings of mentee’s approaches. Professionals who succeed the most are the products of mentoring. I heartily endorse that find a great mentor.
People are Goal-Directed: That is Autonomy
DECEMBER 31, 2012
We are not consistently moving towards a pre-determined end goal, like an arrow towards a target. However we are goal-directed , in the sense that we operate from working and using our discretion, knowledge and desire to achieve some future state that can be imagined.
OCTOBER 7, 2016
Other important components of business (training, marketing, research, team building and productivity) were all accomplished according to goals, objectives and tactics.
The Making of Legends
SEPTEMBER 2, 2016
Conceptualize your own personal goals. Understand conflicting societal goals. Non-profit organizations operating more business-like. I have written several books, on business, entertainment, history and pop culture. The Legends series is an amalgamation of all of them.
Figuring Out How IT, Analytics, and Operations Should Work Together
Harvard Business Review
AUGUST 3, 2016
A new set of relationships is being formed within companies around how people working in data, analytics, IT, and operations teams work together. For IT to operate in the data and analytics space often takes realigning roles and responsibilities. Analytics Operations IT Digital Articl
Establishing Team Goals 4×4 Matrix. Work gets completed when people know what to do.
FEBRUARY 22, 2012
Consulting & Coaching a Management team, we created this 4 x 4 Goal (what-by-when) matrix. We found that when you look at the system that the work is being completed in, the goals that are established and how they are set affects how the work gets done or even if it gets done.
Public Service Announcements
NOVEMBER 4, 2016
Non-profit organizations and the causes they promote are greatly served by enlightening the public. Public education is an important part of the charge for those organizations. The earliest PSAs promoted the selling of war bonds and were shown in movie theatres during World War I and II.
Getting an Intricate Operation Back in Sync
Harvard Business Review
MAY 20, 2016
Facing interconnected operational issues, members of the eight-person senior leadership team were turning against one another. Essentially it is a fresh start, and it can begin any time we have an operational breakdown, to remind people of the need for change and continual improvement.
Determining Your Top 5 Priorities for 2014
Michael Lee Stallard
DECEMBER 22, 2013
One extremely successful leader who understands the importance of this best practice is Admiral Vern Clark, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 2000 until his retirement in 2005. A mistake many leaders make is they are overly ambitious in setting annual priorities.
Transforming Leadership And Trust In The Organization
JANUARY 12, 2016
There is a change happening at the very top of the organizational hierarchy that, like a weather vane, reflects some of the fundamental changes happening across every organization and the marketplace they operate in. The following is a guest piece from author David Amerland.
3 Keys For Building Relationships With Those You Lead
MARCH 7, 2017
This is one of the reasons why I’m looking forward to speaking at the Totem Summit in Whistler, British Columbia later this month because the goal of this conference is building relationships.
Business at the Speed of Now
MARCH 18, 2012
I can’t think of a businessperson or leader who wouldn’t be interested in increasing the speed of their operations, which makes the title of this book very appealing. Books Leadership Learning Setting Goals Success business entrepreneurship goal achievementThis week’s Resource Recommendation is Business at the Speed of Now by John M. Bernard.
Don’t Set Too Many Goals for Yourself
Harvard Business Review
DECEMBER 16, 2016
In order to accomplish our most meaningful goals, we need to fight back against two dangerous impulses: hewing too closely to a fixed plan and attempting to do too much at once. It may seem that the antidote to the noise and distractions of the work world would be to set long-range goals, and then keep our heads down and work systematically toward achieving them over time. Goal Setting. You Can’t Achieve Your Goals Without the Right Support.
Where Do We Go From Here?
DECEMBER 22, 2015
It’s little surprise, then, that soon after the start of this upcoming new year, many of us will be left feeling as if those plans and goals we set for ourselves to achieve were simply an adult version of calling out “do-over!”,
4 Secrets To Making Time For Leadership
DECEMBER 1, 2015
As Fizzle CEO, Corbett Barr, told me: I stay productive by developing and maintaining what I call a personal “operating system”, which is a set of processes, tools and checkpoints that define how I get work done every day.
An Effective Business Review Meeting?
JULY 17, 2014
Another common complaint about Business Review Meetings is that nearly always the time gets hijacked with discussions on day-to-day operating or tactical issues, especially when we have a room full of engineers turned managers; they quickly dive down into trying to fix the problem right then. Start and end each meeting with a review of the vision and mission (One Team – One Plan – One Goal). By John R. Childress.
AUGUST 5, 2016
Values, customs, beliefs, goals, objectives, benchmarking. Operations are sound, professional and productive. Every company has stakeholders, though a few with their own proprietary interests chart the course in their own vision, or lack thereof. Within every corporate and organizational structure, there is a stair-step ladder. One enters the ladder at some level and is considered valuable for the category of services for which they have expertise.
The ”New Normal” For The C-Suite – Learning Agile Leaders
NOVEMBER 15, 2016
Growth Leaders – The CEO of a multi-billion dollar industrial products company boldly sets an ambitious growth goal of growing revenue by 40% over a three-year period. Goal orientation – the facility to find a way to get results, especially when there are obstacles.
How Many of Your Organization’s Strategic Initiatives Succeed?
MAY 22, 2015
These critically important initiatives generally meet the following criteria: Action(s) taken to move the organization towards achieving stretch goals defined in their future vision and strategy. Communications Crisis Management Culture Leadership Operations & Strategy Corporate Initiatives Organization Portfolio StrategyMy guess is that your answer is less than half or at least “not enough of them.”.
How Leaders Can Manage The Perception Of Progress
OCTOBER 6, 2015
Specifically, how do we keep employees invested in the long-term goals of our organization? The researchers refer to this behaviour as the “small area hypothesis” which states that “how people monitor their progress toward goal completion influences their motivation”.
How Leaders Promote Collaborative Environment
JUNE 24, 2014
In several cases, I noted how problems arose not simply because team members disagreed on a particular point or issue, but because they were operating from different perspectives of what they should be expected to do, and what they saw as being their team mates’ responsibility to address.
My Top 10 Leadership Insights For 2015
JANUARY 5, 2016
And this is understandable if we appreciate that – thanks to the faster-pace by which we now have to operate – it’s become harder for people to make those connections for themselves.”
How Successful Leaders Build Teams That Thrive
APRIL 22, 2014
It is also the result of the actions and words of the group’s leader who understands how to tap into the collective talents, insights, and experiences of the various team members, and direct those elements towards a common goal or shared purpose.
Creating A Workplace Environment Where Employees Matter
MAY 5, 2015
Not to mention the faster pace by which we now have to operate amid a sea of rising distractions vying for our attention. business communication culture leadership Recent Posts employee engagement goals meaningful work motivation opportunities perception shared purpose success value vision
Consider Not Setting Goals in 2013
Harvard Business Review
DECEMBER 14, 2012
I had achieved my goal of getting them to the door with their teeth brushed in record time. We all know how important it is to have goals, right? And not just any goals, but stretch goals. It's not that goals, by their nature, are bad.
Recognizing Our Power To Lead And Inspire Others
NOVEMBER 17, 2015
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The One Thing Today’s Leaders Need To Do
FEBRUARY 16, 2016
Regardless of what position they hold or what industry they operate within, today’s leaders need to make sure that their actions and words serve to answer this one important question – what is our purpose?
How To Encourage Growth Under A Controlling Boss
OCTOBER 28, 2014
One of these conversations lead to a discussion about how leaders who want to push for change can deal with those above them who operate from the command-and-control style of leadership – in other words, those that subscribe to the overtly-controlling it’s my way or you’re out approach.
A Year-End Note Of Inspiration To Keep Pushing Ahead
DECEMBER 27, 2016
Some other posts you may enjoy: How To Successfully Achieve Your Goals This Year Understanding What Drives Us To Push Ahead Where Do We Go From Here?
The Ambitious Business Goals Aiming to Change the World
Harvard Business Review
FEBRUARY 5, 2015
” An increasing number of companies — particularly in the auto industry — are heeding that call, setting aggressive, creative, and visionary goals that change their approach to business and how they relate to the wider world. Nissan is not alone in setting big goals.
5 Important Keys For Taking On New Leadership Challenges
JULY 15, 2014
At the time we were writing this piece, Chris was stationed at Kabul, Afghanistan as the Chief of Staff/Chief Operating Officer for the NATO Air Training Command. Your first goal in taking over an established team is to keep the fire burning toward success.
Leadership & The Expectation Gap
OCTOBER 30, 2011
Moving the goal posts by arbitrarily raising and lowering expectations creates confusion, and is often an intellectually dishonest exercise. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. When it comes to leadership, I can share the issue of expectations is no small matter.