Jul 11 2018

In a recent post I mentioned most mergers and acquisitions don’t succeed because of a clash of cultures. According to a KPMG study, “83% of all mergers and acquisitions failed to produce any benefit for their shareholders and over half actually destroyed value”. I think the reason is pretty obvious: We get focused on the […]

Jun 27 2018

Many organizations see their survival and growth in acquiring other companies.  AT&T just bought Time Warner, CVS might purchase Aetna and Amazon recently added Whole Foods to its portfolio.  The economy-of-scale, overpowering or eliminating competition and expanding new IP, tools and customer bases are just some of the attractive reasons why this year companies have […]

Jun 12 2018

The speed of change right now is the slowest it will ever be for the rest our lives.  In such a wild and crazy world of Uber-speed, the requirements for keeping pace or leading the pack is innovation and disruption.  Innovations are improvements while disruptions are game changers.  PowerPoint was an innovation to how we communicate while the […]

May 02 2018

Apple CEO, Tim Cook, said this week he wants everyone to stop searching for their life purpose.  He cites the millions of dollars spent in self-help books, seminars, sabbaticals and life coaches, all designed to help us discover and define our purpose in life.  His point is that there is only one real life purpose: […]

Mar 21 2018

Communication without conflict is peaceful, harmonious and pleasant. Imagine your family, fellow employees, and negotiations between nations void of conflict. Wouldn’t we be less stressed, more relaxed, with far fewer lives lost in wars? But communication without conflict can also be boring, unimaginative and repetitive. Imagine how dull conversations over dinner and in team meetings […]

Mar 07 2018

In our attention deficit world, how does one get noticed?  Develop a leadership brand. You can no longer rely on your hard work and great results to get you promoted.  A client of mine worked his whole life getting all the degrees and certifications he could. He got on all the right committees and demonstrated […]

Feb 21 2018

A great mission statement, developed and implemented the right way, engages employees, defines priorities and guides daily work.  However, most people equate mission statement development with getting a root canal.  Mission statements fail for five reasons:  1.  Leaders develop them without involving those who implement them.  2. They choke off growth because they focused on […]

Feb 01 2018

  Mission driven organizations sometimes frown upon self-promotion. I think it stems from our puritan/religious traditions that one is called to serve, not advanced through self-promotion. I’ve noticed this cultural trend over the years with several of our non-profit and healthcare organizations in particular. I recall how difficult it was for a coaching client from a non-profit healthcare […]

Jan 16 2018

Where do you go to get quality work done? If you’re like the people Jason Fried interviewed for his book “Rework” your answer might be a coffee shop or a special room in the house, or while traveling on a train or a plane. You wouldn’t mention the workplace being a good place to get […]