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5 Business Strategy Questions Every Effective Leader Should Follow

By Freek Vermeulen If you can’t find time to think, it probably means that you haven’t organized your firm, unit, or team very well, and you are busy putting out little fires all the time. It also means that you are

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Posted in Decision Making, Leadership, Organizational Development, Strategy

Why The Focus of Flow Can Improve Productivity

Image credit: lupita_88 | In Fast Company Magazine the example of Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi brilliant book on flow or transcendental focus without focusing applied. Focus then, becomes a method if you will of building employee engagement and productivity. Work without work.

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Posted in Change Management, Marketing, Strategy

Four Steps for Creating Affordable Housing #econdev

In developing countries communities are struggling to meet the need for housing. As affordable housing goes so does the economic vitality of a country and community. McKinsey’s MGI report offers four strategies for which economic development can create reasonably cost

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Avoiding Layoffs By Improving Your Organizational DNA

Organizations tend to fall into a perilous trap of thinking that transforming their organization is the secret sauce of turning their company around. Most certainly they can reduce costs by eliminating positions from said chart. Invariably, short term efficiencies erode

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Why Michael Porter and Business Gurus Long In The Tooth Fail – Strategy

Sustainable competitive advantage is a theoretical concept created by Porter replete with disastrous consequences under the theoretical assumption that business is a zero sum game. Business has been bombarded with financially successful academics whose concepts formulated in classrooms then implemented

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Avoiding Cultural & Personality Differences That Affect Teamwork

Avoiding culture clashes Both consensual and unilateral styles of decision-making can be effective, but members of a global team generally have expectations about decision-making based on their own cultural norms. This can make clashes difficult to understand and manage. If

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Posted in Strategy, Team Building

3 strategies to plan ahead, stay on task and finish strong.

“Get the right people. Then no matter what else you do wrong after that the people will save you. That’s what management is all about.” Tom Demarco Whether you use employees or contract staff, you want to make sure to

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Posted in Small Business, Startups, Strategy

What Drives Costs? The Power of Cost Transparency

When the same product costs more to make at one plant than at another, the difference can be explained by the underlying cost drivers. Plants have three categories of cost driver: Scale: the effect of volume on cost per unit

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The Real Costs of Not Drenching Leadership In Humility

The fullness of our possibilities depend on our developing humility. We are dependent upon so many others. In great organizations trust is the strategy most implemented. It’s hinges are quite pedestrian: Humility. While there are many variations of effective leadership

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How to create a strategic plan that doesn’t get caught in your zipper.

What is a good strategic plan? Nada! Zip! There really isn’t one. Okay there is one – The one that embodies as much execution as planning. Now a good process, mind you over processing is the path of least resistance

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