Excellent companies–those who excel for the long-term–are good at both the analytics of costs and efficiencies, and in improving their organization’s ability to learn, innovate, and adapt to change. The two are not cut from the same cloth. They require different skills and contrasting perspectives. I find it is often very difficult to talk with a leader about one if they are invested heavily in the other. Yet both are needed to grow an organization successfully. Which one reflects your key strengths? What are you doing to improve your competence in the other?