Strategy Navigation (Part 1): Strategic planning? Keep it simple.

John Ferris Strategy

How many times have you taken part in a “strategic planning” session? You know what I mean: off-sites, on-sites, change-the-world sessions, driven by hype, energy, and hard work. The development of the big, master plan that’s going to change the company and maybe the world. Then, the predictable happens. It sits on a shelf, or on your computer, and it’s …

Success is optional

Wendy Ferris Innovation

When we first start working with clients, we explore the ‘Business Life Cycle Curve’ (see image below). The business curve is composed on five phases: start up, growth, maturity, decline, and death. It’s an effective tool for quickly assessing where an organization is in its life cycle, and it, along with other tools, often forms the basis for the work …

The game of innovation

Invision Edge Innovation

This past weekend, Dan Torbiak, Executive-in-Residence at the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba invited inVision Edge to judge a competition that had MBA students creating a board game that would facilitate innovation in a local utility company here in Winnipeg. Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship Nathan Greidanus set the stage for the judges, telling us to evaluate …

Blame it on my upbringing

Wendy Ferris Leadership

Colleen Abdoulah is an inspirational and thought provoking former CEO with an authentic personality and the courage to do things differently at WOW! Communications in the U.S. I had the opportunity to interact with her and attend her keynote at the recent AME/CME Lean Conference in Winnipeg and was inspired, entertained, and challenged. What I would like you to note …

This matrix is real

Ashley Kodak Leadership

I learned a lot during my years of university — how to research, challenge, write, reason, and analyze. Looking back though, I don’t think I knew how to prioritize; not effectively, anyway. Usually, I would make a list of the tasks at hand, sorted according to due date and how much work I still had to do on them. It …

How to win again

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

It’s simple, really. At inVision, we believe that there are three main ingredients that hold the key to the success of any organization, regardless of size, industry, or location. Ironically, there is a certain complexity in our simplified focus and each part requires a system to make it happen. Dr. W Edwards Deming boldly stated in his book The New …

People don’t quit jobs. They quit bosses.

Wendy Ferris Leadership

A few years ago I started off a presentation at a leadership conference with this quote on giant screen and let it sink in. To validate it, I asked the audience how many had quit a job they loved because of a boss they didn’t respect or couldn’t work with. The hands went up quickly. We need to talk. As …

We’re in this together

Ashley Kodak Leadership

A quick note: Don’t try this at home. We’re fortunate to have an in-house expert to lead our session; inVision offers team effectiveness workshops for leadership and executive teams as part of our Activate approach, and Wendy Ferris has several years of experience helping teams improve their effectiveness. There is no substitute for having a trained team effectiveness facilitator guide …