Elevate Your Thinking

When you hear the word strategy, what comes to mind? For many managers, the word strategy means gigantic PowerPoint decks and overstuffed 3-ring binders collecting dust. Great strategy doesn’t come from an Excel spreadsheet or PowerPoint deck. Great strategy comes from great strategists. The word innovation is most commonly associated with a cool new technology … Continue reading Elevate Your Thinking

Strategy Insanity

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein, Really Smart Guy The close of the year provides that one precious opportunity to look back before looking forward. It’s a time to reflect on what we did this past year. Was it much different than the year before? … Continue reading Strategy Insanity

The Strategic Insight Sundae

On a warm spring night, it’s hard to deny the appeal of an artfully crafted ice cream sundae. Whether it’s a banana split or peppermint chip drizzled with hot fudge and peanuts, it’s a mouthwatering sight to behold. And when it’s first made, all of the ingredients can be seen clearly in their places. But … Continue reading The Strategic Insight Sundae

“But” Disease

Recent research by Egon Zehnder and McKinsey and Co. showed that the ability to come up with insights was the most important trait for executives in top-performing companies. Where do you record your insights or learnings about your business? How often do you record these insights? In my work helping managers develop their strategic thinking skills, … Continue reading “But” Disease