“Being extraordinary . . . means pursuing our full potential.”* You have had moments of performing at an extraordinary level; maybe many moments. It feels really great, doesn’t it!?! What would it be like to have a job and set of work responsibilities that gave you the opportunity to feel that way on a regular basis? Right! Awesome!!! So how can you make that … [Read more...] about When Are You at Your Best?
One of the really great things we do in Business School is to teach students an abundance of analytical tools. There’s the basic SWOT analysis – what are your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, threats? And there’s . . . Scenario Planning – let’s forecast the possible futures. Balanced Scorecard – how can we predict future performance by tracking metrics in various … [Read more...] about Analysis Cannot Answer the Question “Why”
Mission Statement Mini-Case. Recently, my friends in the Office of Career Services at the Smith School of Business at Maryland asked me to do some strategy work with them. The first thing we reviewed was their mission. Here is the Mission exercise I take organizations through: *AIM: Specify exactly what “persons, places, or things” the organization aims to … [Read more...] about Aim & Impact
Companies across the globe are spending millions of dollars each year on this term we never really heard much about twenty years ago – “employee engagement.” Why is all this cash being targeted toward employee engagement? Because research done by The Gallup Organization and others has shown that engaged employees end up driving higher levels of profits. Engagement = Revenue … [Read more...] about Giving Purpose to Work
“What time management tips do you have?” I am asked this more and more often by consulting clients and our Smith School Executive MBAs. The pace of work seems to get crazier all the time and email is totally out of control. The issue is broader than “managing time” at work. As I talk with people, what they are really interested in is how to have higher levels of … [Read more...] about Save Time, Increase Energy, Focus Purpose