To Hew Gordian Knot

No Guts, No Glory. Think “Pilot.”

In 333 B.C., Alexander the Great’s army was marching through Asia. In one city a chariot was lashed down with an extremely intricate tether now known as a Gordian knot. It was said that only one person would ever untie the knot and that person would be the future conqueror of the continent. Alexander studied…

Super-charge 2011 by avoiding this planning mistake

During the next couple of weeks, executives at hundreds of thousands of organizations around the world will be getting together to review their past year’s performance and to make plans for the coming year.  Many will make a common mistake during the planning process that will greatly reduce the amount of alignment and buy-in they…

Thriving in the New Business Reality: Four Strategies for Leaders

Organizations around the world have been forced to change the way they do business. The worldwide recession, downsized workforces, and value-conscious customers have created a new set of expectations. A just-released white paper from The Ken Blanchard Companies identifies key strategies for leaders. Here are four of my favorites to get you started on positioning…

Leaders: Don’t Make Profit Your Only Goal

Making the bottom line your top priority may not be the best way to improve profitability. That’s the conclusion of recent research conducted by Mary Sully de Luque and Nathan T. Washburn of Thunderbird School of Global Management; David A. Waldman, of Arizona State University West; and Robert J. House, of the University of Pennsylvania,…

Collaboration at Work: The Promise and Perils

In an article for Strategy + Business entitled The Promise (and Perils) of Open Collaboration, author Andrea Gabor identifies the challenges organizations face when they choose to adopt a collaborative work environment.   According to Gabor, the biggest obstacle for an organization is the deep change required in the way knowledge is controlled and shared —…