Forget solutions, let’s first get the problem right

Forget solutions, let’s first get the problem right

Strategic misalignment often results from leaders disagreeing on what to do: Which solutions to adopt, and which ones to forego. Instead of focusing on solutions, our research indicates that strategically aligned executives first agree on what problems represent priorities. Only when problems have been well defined and priorities established do they start a conversation on what to do. In this blog post, we explore expert advice on reaching strategic consensus. What’s your problem? Strategy meetings often start with someone asking “what should…

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Only 9% of leaders can rely on their peers

Only 9% of leaders can rely on their peers

Bill Belichick, Tom Brady of the Patriots would never have won Superbowl 51 if the rest of the team wasn’t onboard with their plays. Can you imagine if each player had their own plan on how to win? Chaos would ensue. And the Falcons would have been champion. In sports, just like in business, each player must agree on the strategy to win.

We suck at choosing and saying no

We suck at choosing and saying no

Having ideas on what to do is easy. What most business leaders find challenging is the act of choosing and saying no to distracting opportunities. This is necessary to keep an organization focused on their key goals. Why does this matter? Because companies without a clear strategy fall behind their competitors. Researchers have found evidence that revenue declines when the list of competing priorities grows. So with limited resources, we are most effective when focusing on a few things rather than everything. And because less is more. During Jack Welch’s reign at…

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3 practical tips on maintaining team trust

3 practical tips on maintaining team trust

Maintaining trust with the team is in my opinion the foundation of leadership. So today, I’m going to share three tips on how to maintain trust day-to-day. 1. Don’t rush meetings I get it. Everyone’s busy and there are fires to fight. Most of us wished the meeting ended 5 minutes ago, so we can all get back to work. However, rushing conversations creates a culture where nothing but the most urgent matters are discussed. Team members will avoid raising up…

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These 3 roles will boost happiness at your growing startup

These 3 roles will boost happiness at your growing startup

Much has been said about a startup only needing engineers to kick start. Yet as growth spurs, a startup team is bound to need people other than techies. People who can manage, sell, build relations with customers, market, strategize… All necessary to build a successful company, adopt a winning strategy. Not just build a product. While most companies will create roles to meet customer needs, not many will consider creating roles for employee needs. Yet they are just as important, if…

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