The Strategy-Focused Organization: A book review by Bob Morris

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Fear Your Strengths: A book review by Bob Morris

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Fear Your Strengths: What You Are Best at Could Be Your Biggest Problem Robert Kaplan and Robert Kaiser Berrett-Koehler Publishers (2013) Actually, what we should fear are complacency and self-satisfaction as well as the assumption that “just good enough” really is.

Leading through the Laws of Subtraction

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Many have allocated personal innovation and “pet project” time to break up the normal thinking grooves, or instituted downtime as standard operating policy. Leadership kaplan may ROWE subtractionMost leaders and organizations continually seek out new strategies, processes, and tools.

Making the Best of the Worst Part of Your Day

Tony Mayo

‘Mindful’ commuters say deep breaths, clear mind keep them calm under stress Nancy Kaplan, chief operating officer at a management consulting firm in downtown D.C.,

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Five Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation

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I put the word profit in quotes because New York-based Housing Works, which manages to do everything I just described, is technically a charity operation. Innovation business model innovation kaplan nonprofit Nonprofits face a fundamental “business” challenge: they’re “nonprofits.”

Leading for Innovation: Why Fighting Fires Burns Down the House

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This is a guest post form Soren Kaplan. And besides, they say, there are too many operational challenges requiring attention so they don’t have the “luxury” to think long-term. LeaderLab innovation kaplan Leadership

Learning the Wrong Lesson

Leading Blog

In What You''re Really Meant to Do , Robert Kaplan tells the story of a television producer that got passed over for a promotion. You undermine your "ability to exhibit character and leadership traits" that could help your career, says Kaplan. Injustices happen.

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Strategy Execution and The Balanced Scorecard

Six Disciplines

Kaplan, one of the original creators of the Balanced Scorecard in 1992. Though executives may formulate an excellent strategy, it easily fades from memory as the organization tackles day-to-day operations issues, or what most think of as "fighting fires.". Companies need a formal process for using strategic objectives to set priorities for where operational improvements can have the largest impact on strategy execution.

How to Avoid the 5 Career Derailers

Leading Blog

Cast relates a conversation he had with Stuart Kaplan, the director of leadership recruiting at Google to make this point: As you progress [in your career], your relationship with others is more important than your knowledge of and relationship with data.

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Just because you can make an omelet, doesn’t mean you’re a restaurateur!

Mills Scofield

That’s why I was thrilled when my friend and one of business model innovation’s gurus, Saul Kaplan , wrote a must read book sharing his real world experiences - The Business Model Innovation Factory. 1] Kaplan, Saul. 2] (Kaplan, 2012), pg. 3] (Kaplan, 2012), pg.

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A Closed-Loop Strategy Execution System

Six Disciplines

In their 2008 book "The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage" (Harvard Business School Press), Harvard professors Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David P. Norton (creators of the Balanced Scorecard) offer their insights concerning the "rules" of successful strategy execution: The failure to balance the tensions between strategy and operations (execution) is pervasive. Monitor and Learn: hold strategy reviews; hold operational reviews.

A Closed-Loop Strategy Execution System

Six Disciplines

In their 2008 book "The Execution Premium: Linking Strategy to Operations for Competitive Advantage" (Harvard Business School Press), Harvard professors Dr. Robert S. Kaplan and Dr. David P. Norton (creators of the Balanced Scorecard) offer their insights concerning the "rules" of successful strategy execution: The failure to balance the tensions between strategy and operations (execution) is pervasive. Monitor and Learn: hold strategy reviews; hold operational reviews.

Strategy Execution and The Balanced Scorecard

Six Disciplines

Kaplan, one of the original creators of the Balanced Scorecard. Though executives may formulate an excellent strategy, it easily fades from memory as the organization tackles day-to-day operations issues, or what most think of as "fighting fires.". Companies need a formal process for using strategic objectives to set priorities for where operational improvements can have the largest impact on strategy execution.

Seasoned Leaders Have Balance

Great Leadership By Dan

They’re busy having meetings, doing power point presentations but making no improvements in the operation. Bibliography Kaplan, R.E.

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Performance Measurement

Strategy Driven

Operating-cost productivity metrics might include the component costs for building an automobile or delivering a package, the rates of rework, and so forth. Performance measurement typically drives much of the way a large company works.

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How to Give a Briefing that Impresses the Boss

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., In a previous role as President of Ziff-Davis Education (now called Element K), Bill oversaw the leading supplier of computer training products worldwide and supervised the operations of ZD University, the leading web-based computer skills site. Let’s say you have to brief the boss on the status of a project. How can you do it best?

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Create Your Own Luck

Mills Scofield

You know how much I believe in serendipity & random collisions (a la Saul Kaplan !). He helped build the Asian operations of GETCO LLC, one of the worlds largest trading technology firms, listed on New York Stock Exchange today as KCG.

Conquer Your Nerves with Eye-Brain Control To Make a Strong.

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D.

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The Transformed Map of a Recovering Management Accountant

Deming Institute

Kaplan, and Relevance Regained , focused on improving the information available to management accountants. Johnson therefore recommends that management view financial results as the outcomes of operations that behave according to the principles that govern a natural living system.

Here's Why Successful Presentations Planning Must Begin with an.

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., StrategyDriven effective executives, efficient employees Home About The StrategyDriven Organization Our Company Our Contributors Karen K. Juliano Howard T. Dickens Jr. Lucas D.

The Mayo Clinic Model for Running a Value-Improvement Program

Harvard Business Review

The HBS team has been using Time-Driven Activity-Based Costing (TDABC), an approach initially proposed by one of us (Bob Kaplan) and Michael Porter, to help providers pursue the value-based delivery of care. Operations management Business processes Project management Healthcare Article

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Strong Patient-Provider Relationships Drive Healthier Outcomes

Harvard Business Review

“The proper goal for any health care delivery system is to improve the value delivered to patients … To properly manage value, both outcomes and cost must be measured at the patient level,” Harvard’s Robert Kaplan and Michael Porter tell us.

Reflecting on David Garvin’s Imprint on Management

Harvard Business Review

Kaplan’s balanced scorecard or Clayton Christensen’s disruptive innovation. I’ll fast-forward through the next decade, when Garvin, trained in operations, helped to answer the question much of America was obsessed with at the time: How Japanese automakers could make higher-quality, more-reliable cars than Americans, while charging less for them. Managing organizations Managing people Operations Digital Article

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Intelligent Redesign of Health Care

Harvard Business Review

Kaplan and Michael E. The results are often surprising; for example in the pilot project described in Kaplan’s and Porter’s 2011 HBR article , one finding was that most providers’ existing cost systems underestimate the cost of new patient evaluation services by 15% to 20%.

For a Powerful Presentation, Begin with a Bang, Finish with a Flourish

Strategy Driven

He also served as President of Kaplan College, a division of Kaplan Inc., In a previous role as President of Ziff-Davis Education (now called Element K), Bill oversaw the leading supplier of computer training products worldwide and supervised the operations of ZD University, the leading web-based computer skills site. Planning a presentation?

All Management Is Change Management

Harvard Business Review

Each innovation brings lessons that inform ongoing operations. For example, Gary Kaplan, president of XL Catlin’s North American Construction insurance, got his division started by formulating some major strategic goals. Kaplan’s project-centric strategy allowed the company to bring in $1 billion of premium revenue five years after the launch of the division, and then another billion dollars in the next 18 months. Maria Galybina/iStock.

Can Walmart Get Us to Buy Sustainable Products?

Harvard Business Review

” For the first time, a major retailer is giving prominent shelf space — albeit virtual — to companies operating in a better way. Rob Kaplan, Director of Sustainability at Walmart, gave an example of this important difference using electronics.

How to Help Someone Discover Work That Excites Them

Harvard Business Review

” Robert Kaplan, author of What You’re Really Meant to Do , states that “numerous studies of highly effective people point to a strong correlation between believing in the mission, enjoying the job, and performing at a high level.” However, these executives are often operating in a silent state of continual overwhelm, and the predictable consequence is disengagement.”

Making Sense of Our Very Competitive, Super Monopolistic Economy

Harvard Business Review

As Zingales’s University of Chicago colleague Steven Kaplan wrote in a separate paper , Facebook and its fellow tech giants “used market forces to their advantage, are profitable as a result, and certainly now enjoy some market power. They have gotten to where they are because they operate in sectors where there are network effects.” In the 1980s and 1990s, Blockbuster modernized the movie rental business.

Save Us From Our Strengths

Harvard Business Review

Instead, narrowing attention to the preferred aspects of ourselves vastly oversimplifies who we are, what stands in our way, and what it takes to operate at our best. Kaplan and Robert Kaiser demonstrated so persuasively in an HBR article several years ago. Call me Scrooge, but when I hear the phrase "strengths-based" organization, I find myself cringing.

The Power of Workplace DIY

Harvard Business Review

Shemeka Flores, an assistant with a penchant for event planning, handled the wine, cheese, other food, and decorations with input from Rob Aurigema, the chief operating officer and a wine connoisseur. And Jared Kaplan, a music buff from the technology department, volunteered to DJ the evening. Plural Investments*, a hedge fund started several years ago, had a problem. They needed art on the walls of their New York City offices.

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What Does Your Perfect Day Look Like?

Harvard Business Review

Lattice organizations provide options that align career aspirations and personal needs with corporate objectives and operational requirements. Ami Kaplan is a Senior Partner at Deloitte, advising some of the firm's largest global clients on business, risk management and other financial and organizational challenges. When I graduated from business school and started my career with Touche Ross in 1982, I planned to stay just two years.

What Great Social Media Campaigns Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Pepsi Refresh failed because it had no relevance to the brand’s operations or heritage. Its founder, Saul Kaplan , is a self-professed innovation junkie. Given AmEx’s operations, consumer base, and resources, it’s well positioned to do so.

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Don't Wait for Change

Harvard Business Review

Offering not much more than the chance to make a difference (and travel expenses) his line up eventually included Fast-Company Founder Bill Taylor ; Saul Kaplan , who runs the Business Innovation Factory in Providence; Whitney Johnson , founding partner of Rose Park Advisors; Lara Lee, the Chief Innovation and Operating Officer of Continuum; and a dozen others (including me). You probably can think of something in your company that should change.