The Organizational Lobotomy

August 18, 2009

How many of us have a neatly typed strategic plan in a three-ring binder sitting on a shelf gathering dust? No? Liars! I’ve asked this question at a number of the conferences I’ve spoken at recently and more than half the people sheepishly raise their hands. In talking with folks afterwards, it seems that most managers go from the discovery…

Cash-for-Clunkers or Paris Hilton?

August 6, 2009

The cash-for-clunkers scheme by the government to stimulate the economy reminds me of Paris Hilton. Looks good at first but after a while you’re asking yourself, “Is that it?” Cash-for-clunkers is like putting a kid’s Scooby-Doo Band-Aid on the gaping hole in the hull of the Titanic. It’s a typical political ploy that’s all frosting and no cake. The program…

The Million-Dollar Oops

August 3, 2009

Take a close look at your organization’s strategy. Is it truly a strategy? Or is it a goal masquerading as a strategy? When Yahoo and Microsoft announced their web-search deal, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said, “Our strategy as a company is growing audience and enhancing our display-advertising business. That is what really makes sense.” What really doesn’t make sense is…

Intellectual Does Not Equal Strategic

August 2, 2009

The recent arrest of a black Harvard University professor on disorderly conduct charges at the scholar’s home by a white police officer in Massachusetts highlights the fact that being intellectual does not always equate with being strategic. President Obama, arguably one of the brightest presidents in American history, immediately came out with a statement saying the Cambridge police “acted stupidly.”…

Knowing Which End Is Up

August 1, 2009

Imagine this: you’re sitting in your physician’s office and she walks in, takes one look at you, scribbles out a prescription and says, “Take one of these a day and call me in a week.” You reply, “But you didn’t even ask me any questions or give me any tests.” She responds, “I gave these to my last three patients…