Tag Archive: Vision

Innovation

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I am the Chair of the Innovation Awards of the Manufacturers’ Summit for the Inland Empire, and we have been quite busy preparing for this Friday’s summit (see below). It is important to encourage innovation for the obvious reason that if we do not innovate, we will stand still. And, if we are standing still, we end up moving backwards while our competition passes us. What have you innovated lately? One tip to implement this week: Innovation is certainly not something to accomplish in a week; however, it is definitely something to start this week. My best clients innovate by inspiring and rewarding creativity.…
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How to Keep Your Team’s Morale Up During Change

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How to Keep Your Team’s Morale Up During Change Dramatic growth is commonplace. Companies are looking for opportunities to improve margins, accelerate cash flow and cut costs. Only those companies that change will endure. And only those teams that embrace change, and the leaders who engage people around change initiatives will thrive. The others will be left in the dust. In order to create this type of engagement, leaders must support team morale during change. But if you think about it, why should this be an issue, if the change is presented properly from the outset? Who wouldn’t be excited about positive…
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Vision Backed by BIG Goals and Leadership

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SAP CEO Bill McDermott talked much more than just about data. One of his most compelling stories related to turning around Xerox’s lowest performing division and ending the year as #1. Who says success isn’t derived from leadership has his/her head buried in the sand. The keys Bill described were quite simple: 1) Listen. 2) Provide the vision and goals. 3) Lead. We believe this proves the premise behind our newsletter, Profit through People — people are any organization’s #1 assets! Do you treat your people like assets? Or costs? Bill said that the people at this division were quite disgruntled…
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Winning Leadership Traits for Project Success

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No matter the topic of your project, it will be more successful if the project leader utilizes winning leadership traits. As our HR mentor used to say, “It begins and ends with people!” Therefore, leadership is the name of the game, assuming you want to win the game. In project management, this is even more critical because most project teams are groups of cross-functional resources who do not report to the same line manager. Thus, the project leader has to use influence leadership in addition to command and control leadership. Actually, command and control leadership doesn’t even work long-term for…
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People Strategies to Kick Off the New Year

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People are your #1 asset. It makes imminent sense to kick off the New Year with this tenet in mind. How can you start with gusto?   Frequently, employees take off time near the end of the year, and so it can take time to get back into the swing of things. Don’t let your attention to your human resources take time off too. To shorten that cycle — and, most importantly, to empower and engage your people, think about leveraging some of the following strategies: Check in: Start the New Year by checking in with your employees. How are they…
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Do Your Executives Have Vision?

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In thinking about an eagle’s eye (in concert with my Eagle Eye service line), it comes to mind that vision is a key contributor to success. An eagle can see 4-5 times further away than a human, colors are more vibrant, etc. They also have an amazing ability to zero in on their prey. In order for an eagle to spot its prey, it needs to have vision. If you think of these qualities in executives, having a vision contributes significantly to success. Vision is about creating clarity and purpose around why your company does what it does and being…
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Put Your Eagle Eye on What’s Key to Success-Leadership

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Leadership will make or break your business. Put your eagle eye on ensuring success in this arena and you’ll thrive. The two core tasks of a leader are 1) to set strategy, and 2) to execute the strategy – not seemingly complex or daunting. However, the excellent leaders stand out in the crowd by translating these two core activities into results. How?  There are four keys to an effective leader who drives not only profitability and cash flow through these two core tasks but also engages employees, customers and suppliers: 1) Clear vision. 2) Effective communication of the vision. 3) A focus on results. 4) Performance management…
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What Is Company Culture?

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I wholeheartedly agree with my consulting mentor Alan Weiss with how he defines culture – “It is that set of beliefs that governs behavior”. Culture seems like such a mysterious topic and executives spend millions to try to create culture change and the like. Yet when you boil it down to the basics, it is really quite simple. What set of beliefs does your company run by? Where did they come from? Are they helping or hurting you? When you look at culture with this viewpoint, it becomes easy to determine how to change your corporate culture; however, the devil…
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