To Decide is to Kill the Other Option

John Gietzel Strategy Leave a Comment

The word decision or decide literally means “to cut off” in other words, to “kill” the other options. Choices and decisions are a ubiquitous underpinning of modern life. We make somewhere between 70 – 35,000 decisions per day depending on what you consider a decision. For example, what you eat for breakfast may be less of a decision and more …

Leaders, Do You Have a Broken System? Look in the Mirror First!

Rhonda Honke Leadership, Strategy

I had an ‘aha’ moment this week that has kept my head buzzing. If you are familiar with W. Edwards Deming, the father of the quality movement, you likely have heard his famous quote, “94% of problems in business are systems driven and only 6% are people driven.” If you can get behind this idea that problems are predominantly systems …

The secret sauce to achieve BIG change: Three key ingredients you need to know

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

With the new year upon us, many of us feel inspired to make big and bold changes —whether it applies to our business, career, or personal life.  At the same time, harnessing that enthusiasm and actually getting things done can be a challenge without the right approach. I have found that, when looking at the most success companies, leaders, and …

Restart your business curve – innovate!

David Moskal Innovation, Strategy

Business and marketing guru Guy Kawasaki did a great TEDx Talk titled The Art of Innovation (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it). In his talk, he articulates that leaders and organizations are often caught off guard by the changes that disruption brings to an industry and its effects on their business curve. Using an example of …

10X your strategy success with the Law of 3s

John Ferris Strategy

For many of us, this is strategy season: time to set the stage for 2017 and beyond. I’ve participated in countless strategy sessions and experienced many different systems, and I have found that by far, the simplest and most effective model is the Law of 3s plan design. It is a structure that forces an element of simplicity into the …

Should leaders focus on strategy or culture to grow their business?

Wendy Ferris Leadership, Strategy

Scrolling through LinkedIn this week, I found the great quote from Peter Drucker:  “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  As I continued scrolling, it was interesting to read the passionate ‘anti-strategy’ comments that followed.  It appeared that this was an either/or debate, and I felt compelled to weigh in. I agree with Drucker: an organization can have a great plan, but …

The times they are a-changin’

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

There is one constant in this world: change. It’s echoed in the conversations I have with leaders on a daily basis – the speed of change is getting faster and faster. It may take different forms (technological, social, global economic, disruptive business models, the nature of the work), but in any form, disrupts the business world as we know it. …

Leaders: It’s time for an innovation and growth pit stop

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to set the stage for the next year of growth in your company. If you’re like me, brief time away can provide renewed focus, energy and excitement for all the possibilities that await. Think of a race car driver: during a race, the driver makes a pit stop. It’s a momentary break to …