strategy management

“Rolling out” or “Rolling over”

Business people want influence. When executing strategy it is important that people are engaged in the process of rolling out and cascading strategy. What do high level strategic decisions mean for my department? When rolling out (cascading) strategy it is [...]

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strategy management

The two management types you do not want to hire

I have met a lot of managers during my time in business. I have also employed many managers. Some are very successful and get the best out of their employees. I have wondered what make some successful [...]

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corporate performance management

Are you managing your budget or is the budget managing you?

When was getting established as a young adult, and I purchased my first apartment, I set up a household budget. Each month I thoroughly monitored expenditures and balance. Some months I had extra [...]

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Performance management

Managing performance is managing people

Many managers appear to believe that the right way to manage a company is to put a lot of control mechanisms in place. This thinking is driven by the idea that all people are lazy and need to be closely managed [...]

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Performance management

Performance Makeup Studio

In my country we recently had the national election. What amazes me is that all the political parties are so positive about the results. Each party claim to be the winner. Quotes like “we improved compared to the last poll”, “we improved compared to last [...]

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corporate performance management

What is in your company’s medicine bottle?

In times where business environments are changing rapidly, it is important to choose the right medicine bottle for your company. Many companies pick the “budget medicine bottle” and believe that budgets and strict [...]

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corporate performance management

Annual budget cycle hurts

Do you remember last year’s budgeting process– how time consuming and detailed it was? After the financial crisis, things may have changed. Your budget and plan are now more like wishes than reality. But you may still have the same plan. Is the annual budget cycle [...]

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strategy management

The longest journey

This Easter I went skiing. During my trip thought about old Norwegian heroes who traveled by skis to the North and the South Poles. Wow – those were long journeys. But the longest journey that I can think of is the distance between the temples of a [...]

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strategy management

What kind of perspective do you have?

When I consult with companies I always look for the type of perspective of the people I meet. I encounter many different people, and what strikes me is that they often hold a very narrow view of performance. What I try [...]

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strategy management

Goal and Target Setting

“.. a goal that lies beyond the means of its accomplishment will lead to discouragement, frustration, demoralization. In other words, there must be a method to achieve an aim.” Deming, in his classic book The New Economics How many times have you seen [...]

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strategy management

What words are you using in your strategy plan?

I read a lot of strategy documents and most of them are written using common language. Words like the best, outstanding, leading, world class, and international have different meaning to different people. Consider a [...]

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balanced scorecard solution

BSC Champion Testimonials

When people ask me about customer references I always tell them that they should not ask the person that has committed the money for the project. This person is by default obliged to say that the project was a success. I suggest to talk to people who are [...]

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