strategy management

Are you too busy to improve?

Though we all know that change is the only constant thing in business, people are way too resistant to it, even if it is promises a positive impact on the bottom line. Why is it so? Few things off my head that I see way too often are: They are too busy and firefighting takes [...]

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strategy management

Connecting what you Do with what you want to Achieve

I have been consulting several clients lately, and I have discovered a pattern that I think is common in many companies. The vision, the strategy, and the KPI’s are well established and linked. But I seldom find the [...]

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business intelligence

If Pharaoh should recruit a leader – how would the world look like?

Written concepts about leadership developed early. The concepts of leadership, leader and follower are found in the Egyptian hieroglyphs. Just think how the world would have been if Pharaoh was selecting the leaders to [...]

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business intelligence

Manager or Leader

When I thought about some of the “Leaders” I have worked for, I look back on the employment with joy. These people “showed the way” and lead me in the right direction – sometimes even without me knowing that I was being led. But I have also worked [...]

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strategy management

Are we in control of rising cost or is cost ruling us?

As a young financial controller I made an observation that I won’t ever forget. I had collected the various departments’ budgets for the next 5 years (bottom up process) and summarized the numbers. The 5 year [...]

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what a difference words

What a difference words can do!

In my young days I worked for a big fortune 250 company. As the financial controller working in the shared services department, I had an experience which, I will never forget. All the managers (40 in total) were gathered for an extended management meeting and [...]

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Navigation by stars

Navigation by stars

There is an old quote that goes like this: “The old sailors steered by the stars, not to get there, but to keep a steady course”. This wisdom can also be applied by businesses. Our vision, mission and long term goals function as the stars. Even if you don’t get there they [...]

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Balanced Scorecard

New Management Messiah

The Balanced Scorecard has been evolving since it was first mentioned by Art Schneiderman in 1987. Kaplan and Norton branded it and made it known to the world. They further developed it from a measurement system in to a management system [...]

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KPI dashboards

KPI Bazooka…

KPI’s (Key performance indicators) are a vital part of your Strategy Execution system. We should probably take a closer look at the three magic letters and see what they contain: K – Key – remember only the important – the “key” – the few. I see many companies [...]

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Meeting culture

Meeting culture

Meetings are a part of our daily life in corporations, but have you been questioning the value of meetings? Some love meetings, others hate meetings. I came across some interesting statistics* that I want to share with you. 55% of all meetings are dominated by [...]

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strategic sensors

How do we debate strategy?

According to recent studies, many companies are not realizing their full potential. Indications are that 40-60% of a company’s strategic potential is not realized. There are probably many reasons for this, but today I would like to focus on one factor that I think is valuable [...]

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Culture eats strategy

Culture eats strategy for lunch

I have come across this quote several times in the last few months. I have been thinking about the reality of this quote. Why isn’t it strategy that eats culture for lunch?! So, when you see the power balance between culture and strategy – I think it is time that we take [...]

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