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Time to Clean House?

Computers get bogged-down over time as programs take more and more memory. Similarly, organization structures and processes get bogged-down by the ongoing addition of policies,

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How to Improve Accountability

The word “accountability” can have a lot of negative connotations for people, including managers.  In most cases, that’s because they either don’t understand accountability, or

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Strategy Isn't Tactics

Strategy isn’t about starting from today and going forward into the future.  It’s about defining the future you want and working backwards from it to

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Excellence at Work

Being excellent and efficient at getting things done is good. It’s what effective managers do. Being excellent at deciding which things to get done is

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The Art of Leadership

Last week I was in Chicago and visited the world’s largest and most respected maker of fine stringed instruments, William Harris Lee & Company. They

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Fix Organization Structure Issues

Companies tend to organize by functions:  Sales, materials, finance, manufacturing, product development, marketing, etc.  But nearly all organizations produce value through a relatively small number

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Stop Organization Silos

Organization silos occur when employees identify more with their group than with the company. When employees operate in silos they tend to keep information within

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3 Key Elements of Teamwork

One of the most important factors in achieving high performance is teamwork. That’s true for two reasons: First, because organizations exist because their overall mission

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What's Your Niche?

To grow your business and improve profits stop thinking of your company as one of many competitors in a broad market, and define a narrower

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The Big Disconnect

Here it is:  Most people have above average reviews, but the company is under-performing. Sure, it could be the case that everyone is working hard,

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