“How do you know you have the right seats?” – Answered by Jim Collins

In 2020, I asked Jim Collins what research he had on how to determine the right seats for the right people in which to do the right things made famous from his seminal book Good to Great. In the updated version of his first book Beyond Entrepreneurship - BE 2.0 - he provides an answer in this excerpt:What makes for a … Continue reading “How do you know you have the right seats?” – Answered by Jim Collins

7 Gallup Workplace Insights: What We Learned in 2020

This brief article outlining much of and confirming the work I do is heartening. Here is the list (my favorites are in bold):1. Remote workers can have higher engagement than in-office workers -- when they receive frequent feedback from their manager.2. Employee engagement is an even stronger predictor of performance during tough economic times.3. Management has … Continue reading 7 Gallup Workplace Insights: What We Learned in 2020

How to measure and build resilience in your team

Here are recommended survey questions to determine each of your team member's level of resilience (scale of 1-low to 5-high). If you have a psychologically safe environment you have the option of this being anonymous or not.  If you are not sure, I recommend anonymity to increase the likelihood of full disclosure. I have all the freedom I need … Continue reading How to measure and build resilience in your team

How incumbents successfully scale their new businesses

Article Summary  The article focuses on a few key areas at which successful entrepreneurial ventures excel.  The premise is a startup venture within an enterprise but I think these apply to any organizational size or genesis that has a fledgling business model working. I summarized the points below. Please note that I combined a few as they … Continue reading How incumbents successfully scale their new businesses

How do I know I have all the right seats, Professor Collins?

Jim Collins, the management guru, tells us that his research of the most successful companies over long periods consistently points to get the "Who" correct before the "What" and then getting people into the right seats. The "Who" first approach is abundantly supported with core values and purpose leading the way.This makes sense to me.However, … Continue reading How do I know I have all the right seats, Professor Collins?

Leaders, for the most part, do almost everything wrong…but don’t have to

Food for thought After decades of study, experience, and working and speaking with hundreds of CEOs and companies around the world over the past few years, I have found the following, for the most part: We do change wrong - 70% of change initiatives failWe do decisions making wrong - We rarely have a standard processWe do vision wrong - Visions are clear, detailed, … Continue reading Leaders, for the most part, do almost everything wrong…but don’t have to