Seven Causes of Poor Company Performance

Over the years that I have worked with companies to improve performance, just about every cause of poor performance can be traced to one or more of the following:

  1. Lack of accountability.
  2. Employees don’t act like owners.
  3. The business strategy and operational focus is unclear.
  4. The organization’s structure gets in the way.
  5. Key skills, capabilities or talent are missing.
  6. Incentives are not aligned.
  7. Weak leadership.

Every one of these causes has a solution — sometimes more than one solution.  But I find that rather than solve the problems, they tend to go on and on until they reach a crisis point.
Are you having difficulty with one of these?  If so, are you taking positive and decisive action to correct it?
© Copyright 2016  Bob Legge
Bob Legge provides organizations with the ability to exceed their most ambitious goals.  I work with leaders of Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-size companies, nonprofits, education, and government. Together, we drive strategy, lead successful change, develop high performance cultures, improve individual and organizational performance, and produce faster, sustainable growth and value.  Contact him at

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