May 26 2020

    HOW TO PLAN IN A TURBULENT WORLD The key is applying master disciplines NEXT-GENERATION companies recognize that the planning process of developing their mission statements can be as important as the final product. First, they are aware of 5 common challenges; adjusting to the changed economic environment, maintaining worker productivity, keeping profit margins, adjusting […]

May 24 2020

    LET’S DO THIS! A Guide to Taking Charge of Our Lives THE SPEED OF CHANGE offers up many challenges and opportunities. We live in an ADD world.  With literally billions of bits of information bombarding us every day the new currency is attention and the new survival mechanism is to ignore. In order to survive […]

May 22 2020

  THE BEST RESULTS COME FROM THE BEST QUESTIONS Ask and you shall receive THE QUALITY OF HOW WE MAKE DECISIONS, pursue opportunities, solve problems and develop new ideas is based on the quality of the questions we ask. That all makes sense, but remember the child told to do the right thing, the student […]

May 18 2020

    HOW CREATIVITY MAKES US COMPETITIVE Welcome to the Conceptual Age ACCORDING TO THE COLUMBIA Accident Investigation Board, NASA never fixed the underlying institutional problems that led to the 1986 Challenger tragedy. As a result, many of those issues played a role in Columbia’s doomed flight in February 2003. “In both cases,” the investigation concluded, “engineers’ intuitions, […]

May 07 2020

    THE CASE FOR INNER PEACE Dean Newlund shares a leadership lesson from abroad. ON A RECENT TRIP TO BANGKOK, my thoughts centered on how to best serve my client. Traveling internationally had become routine. Little did I know that, on this trip, the teacher would become the student, and I would receive some […]

Apr 05 2020

The Coronavirus has created a world-wide, existential re-set.  We did not seek transformation, it found us, in the form of a tiny virus.   Like an unexpected phone call the impetus for transformation just appeared.  Joseph Campbell in his work on The Hero’s Journey identified patterns in how people and societies transform, that show up in our myths and […]

Apr 05 2019

I’d like you all to imagine you’re an engineer, working on a NASA project, to launch a shuttle into space.  Due to weather and other issues, the launch has been postponed 8 times, each costing NASA millions of dollars. The pressure is mounting to get this bird off the ground.  The date is January 28th, […]

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 […]