The Right Way to Cut People Off in Meetings

Originally posted on Harvard Business Review. You’ve spent hours preparing for the meeting. The objectives are clear. The agenda is tight. Relevant material was distributed to attendees in advance. Smartphones [...] read more

Practice Spotlight: Overcoming the Pitfalls of Strategy Execution

A recent study found that over two-thirds of large organizations struggle to implement their strategies. Over the years of working with companies across industries on strategy execution and strategic program management [...] read more

Simple Sabotage Survey Results Infographic

We surveyed approximately 225 managers to identify the extent to which their organizations are vulnerable to the negative effects of Simple Sabotage behaviors (even if they are not undertaken with malicious intent). As we suspected, [...] read more

Why Decisions Get Second-Guessed, and What to Do About It

Originally posted on Harvard Business Review. Leaders strive to be decisive. But all too often their well-reasoned decisions are reopened by bosses and colleagues, or worse ignored, which slows down [...] read more

How a Shot Clock Can Save Your Management Meeting

Originally posted on Harvard Business Review. Consider this scenario: Your company is in the middle of its annual budget process. You have forty investment requests on the table that you [...] read more

The Most Important Ground Rule For A Strategy Meeting

Originally posted on Harvard Business Review. Watch the video. The strategy meeting seemed to go smoothly. Bill, the executive vice president of sales at a global company, had gathered his extended leadership team — [...] read more

What’s on the Radar? February 4, 2016

We’ve always appreciated the timeliness of Martha Stewart’s advice: “It’s the first day of spring, folks. Time to clean your oven, replace the batteries in your smoke alarms, and rotate [...] read more

Balancing the urgent and the important

"What is important is seldom urgent. And what is urgent is seldom important." -- Dwight D. Eisenhower We’re not sure we totally agree with President Eisenhower. Let’s face it.  Board [...] read more

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