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…

6 Steps To Improve Organization Performance

It’s no surprise to read the findings of The Conference Board’s survey, “The Conference Board CEO Challenge® 2014: People and Performance”. In our sluggish economy, mergers and acquisitions not withstanding, the capacity for a business to grow rests in the hands of its people. CEOs throughout the world are driving to improving organizational performance regardless…

What 3 Actions Can Drive Success For a New CEO?

“New CEOs face a critical strategic choice. Should they settle into the job, spend a year or more getting to know their businesses, and then start shifting the portfolio? Or is it better to act quickly and boldly early on to divert resources from mature activities to a new generation of corporate opportunities?” This key…

The Value Chain, Strategic Performance & Profits

Aligning all of the elements of your value chain with your business strategy heightens profitability and strategic performance.  This, the 3rd article in our 5-part series — The 5 Keys to Strategy Execution – is the focus of this article. Most of us are familiar with the Lean term, Value Stream. Per Wikipedia, “Value stream…

The 5 Keys to Strategy Execution: #2 Leadership

Last week, we started this 5-part series on The 5 Keys to Strategy Execution with our article on Key #1, Strategic Understanding.  Today’s article is about Key #2, Leadership. Leadership is widely recognized as including a broad set of skills critical for individual and organizational success. It’s so critical a skillset that articles about it are ubiquitous:  we are…

Strategy is Simple. It’s Execution That’s Complex!

Strategy is, and should be simple.  It consists of the 3 dimensions shown here: Value Proposition, Value Chain and how well they Fit or are aligned. FORTUNE magazine, well known for its business insights, printed an article in 1999 called “Why CEOs Fail”, highlighting an important fact: 70% of CEO failures were caused by poor execution against…