Strategy

The best strategists-executors believe

The best strategists believe: If I can’t see and articulate how we’re actually going to make this strategy work, it probably won’t work.  Smart strategists know that there are a lot of gaps, holes, and challenges in their strategies. They tirelessly keep a critical eye on the viability of their plans and stay curious —…

What’s going on at Direcsys in 2020?

“For the first time in the Maritimes, we’re introducing the “least expensive and most underutilized tool for spreading needed change throughout an organization.” We have been providing Business growth coaching as well as Lean Six Sigma certifications for years through training sessions and directly to organizations. To maximize results and to provide the best return…

I just fired my accountants

They really hadn’t done anything wrong. They were responsive when I called. They appeared to keep up with the latest information in their profession. Their work was neat, accurate and timely. Their prices were fair. They conducted themselves professionally.  But I fired them anyway. Here’s why; While they consistently reacted professionally, they never, ever pro-acted. They never came to me…

Opinions hinged on ancient paradigms

What can we do when our workers’ opinions are hinged on ancient paradigms? Can we change those perceptions, those opinions? Yesterday, I was conducting a training session to a group of 17 employees, who belonged to one of our clients. The training, a white belt certification, was part of the implementation of a continuous improvement…

5 Ways to find extraordinary employees

Having a hard time getting top talent? Become a good spy and send mash notes to your rivals’ top employees. By Verne Harnish, contributor FORTUNE — 1. Build your bench View scouting for talent the same way you do customer acquisition so you always have top people in the pipeline. Keep an ongoing list of…

Does it have to be lonely at the top?

I’m sure you’ve heard that concept before, business round table (BRT). Hey! you were probably invited to join in at one point in time in your career. Did you accept the invitation because you felt dubious in declining it? So, what’s this concept, is it worth your time, energy and resources? First, let’s talk about…