Is technology a reasonable step to take for a good night’s sleep?

The following article offers guidance on how technology can be used to aide the evidencing and management of reasonable steps within the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR). The application of the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR) [...]

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why strategy execution fails

The Breaking Point: When Failure Is Not an Option

I’ve received a lot of questions regarding why I made a seemingly radical career change at the age of 50.  It was due to an epiphany as I searched for an answer to “why organizations struggle with strategy execution”. March 2016 – that’s when I hit the wall. I’d spent over a decade providing strategic consulting to some of the most [...]

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strategy execution

Navigating the Storm – Lessons from an Old Sea Captain

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As a strategist, I like the simplicity of this quote: “The old sailors steered by the stars, not to get there, but to keep a steady course.” Today, we rely so heavily upon GPS that we look down at our devices to navigate and few remember how to navigate by looking up at the stars. Celestial navigation uses a celestial body [...]

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KPI

KPI is more than a number. It is a Story!

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What is a KPI? The answer depends on who you ask. For most IT and Business Intelligence people, a KPI is simply a number representing performance for a specific process, domain, or subject. But a KPI is more than a number. [...]

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BI

Are You Freaking Out Your Business Users?

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Why is it that some people quickly embrace their BI system and others find it an exercise in frustration? If you are in the user group that finds BI intuitive and extremely powerful, you are fortunate. For the rest of us, it’s an exercise in frustration. Why? [...]

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KPI

Confused by KPIs? You Are Not Alone.

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KPIs are a vital part of any Performance Management or Strategy Execution system. Yet how many times have you struggled to understand or to explain what is meant by “KPI”? What is so difficult to understand about those 3 little words? [...]

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corporate performance management

Mixed-Up Mess: CPM and EPM

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Have you ever struggled to understand or explain the labels CPM and EPM? What do they mean? Are they synonymous or is there enough difference that anyone should even care? CPM and EPM have become synonymous. For the sake of simplicity, we will use the Gartner label of [...]

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Supporting SMCR with Technology- Ten Observations

Many financial services organizations are struggling to interpret and implement the Senior Manager and Certification Regime (SMCR). Technology can play a critical role in both administering the regime and monitoring compliance. As a leading [...]

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The Five Abilities that Get a CIO Invited to the Head Table

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Technology spending is becoming more complex. There is also a trend in business units, making decisions on identifying the technology they need and choosing the vendors they want. Where does this leave the CIO and the IT organization? [...]

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CPM corporate performance management

Are You in Excel Hell or CPM Heaven?

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Have you invested in expensive reporting systems yet your business users are still doing a considerable amount of “cut, copy and paste?” of information in order to create your Corporater Performance Management reports? Well, I have two words for you [...]

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