Making a Difference in Behavior Through Training

Making training quick and easy is a common goal in today’s organizations. We’re used to checking things off our lists and getting things done with efficiency. Training designed from this point of view focuses, for example, on communicating generic information, best practices, policies, procedures, techniques, and consequences. This is often an effective approach for teaching…

The Truth About Leading Lasting Change

    One of the toughest challenges leaders face is making change work, from building initial momentum to sustaining change long term. Why is successful, effective change so elusive, even when led by bright, passionate people? Leading effective and lasting change is not easy, simple or quick. Part of the reasons change efforts fall short…

The 10 Key Components of an Effective Workplace Investigation

You’ve just been informed of an employee complaint of workplace harassment by a co-worker, and you’re clearing your calendar to make time to conduct an investigation. You let your manager know about the complaint and when you’ll begin the investigation. You quickly review the company policy on harassment and wish again today that you had…

Do You Have a Culture of Quality?

Are your Quality requirements understood across your organization? Almost every manager would answer this question, “Yes.” But, there are lots of organizations whose employees aren’t clear or aren’t “sold” on their company’s commitment to quality. And, this can happen anywhere when there are disconnects about quality. In our experience, one or more indicators typically exist that can help…

Will Your Organization’s Story Be One Of Survival or of Prosperity?

Snapshots of the Honorable 57 – A Mini-Paper Companies currently remain in the Fortune 500 for under 15 years.  Fifty years ago the average life expectancy on this elite list was about 75 years. The Fortune 500 are recognized as the biggest and the best, and it makes sense that they are our models of success. We have looked to…

The Critical Need for Strategic Thinking

  We believe there are two high-impact practices that can help build strategic thinking capacity across organizations, and failure to leverage them can significantly undermine strategic performance both short term and long term.   Our experience reveals these facts: Less than 15% of companies make it a regular practice to monitor performance results in relation…

Leadership 2015 And Beyond

For years, organizations have been faced with a few critical priorities, not the least of which has been the struggle to engage their people, and through them, to build performance to the heights needed for growth into the future. We’ve all seen the Gallup survey data:  70% of employees are disengaged.  The cost, a consequence of this widespread failure…

What’s New In Manufacturing?

Today’s post-recession manufacturing plants are leveraging the latest technologies and are transforming the way work is done in blue-collar industries.  Take a look at Manufacturing now! From Assemblymag.com  “The 2015 Ford F-150 pickup truck features an aluminum body and cargo box that’s a radical departure from conventional designs. The auto industry’s best-selling vehicle now features…

Strong Brands Are Built From The Inside Out

A few years ago, I observed something going on that I’d seen in several companies before, and I was struck with an insight! (I love it when that happens.) What was the observation? There are lots of organizations whose employees aren’t “sold” on their company’s brand. What specifically had I seen? Following are a few…