Strategy is a Science

The scientific method is a proven, step-by-step technique for discovery and validation. It uses questions and experiments to help us solve problems. It turns guesses and trends into data, and it’s effective across diverse environments.

And it’s a wonder that more of us don’t use it as a tool for business strategy.

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Is “Thank You” Killing Your Collaboration?

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the famed Hamilton writer, is also responsible for the incredible music in Disney’s Moana. A memorable, character-building song is when the demigod Maui boasts his track record to young Moana. He wrongly assumes that she should be grateful and sings “you’re welcome” over and over again. It’s both hilarious and embarrassing, because she’s not thanking him at all...

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High Performing Teams

Are you halfway to a high performing team?

As a leader of a team, which of these common techniques have you tried so your team becomes high-performing?

  • Sharing a personal story to increase camaraderie

  • Making a working agreement that people should feel free to speak up in meetings so that everyone feels heard

  • Declaring that a meeting is safe so people can voice dissenting opinions

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Aligning Purpose: The wall between IT and business is killing your ability to create real value

This post by Bob Gower brings to light the impact that an organization’s structure has on collaboration. Whether you work in a school system, hospital, government or, as Bob writes about, a software company (or some other type of org, of course), think about the structures of the organizations that you work in and with. How does the structure enable, confine or generally impact collaboration.

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Following the Leader: Creating Your Model for Collaboration

A few weeks ago, I traveled with my husband to his annual planning retreat in the mountains of Virginia. Despite the fact that I wasn’t actually facilitating the meeting, I read through Verne Harnish’s Scaling Up and started to think through what I would do if I were leading their collaborative planning. As I walked along the trails and wondered how their meeting was going, I reflected on his organization’s culture and the companies I’ve worked with and realized that unless this type of collaboration is intentional, it’s not going to happen.

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How great leaders create smart teams

Sometimes, you get to work with a great leader.  They’ve got a great vision and the ability to get people to rally around it.  They’re also empathic enough to listen, learn, and adjust.  Team members all feel like they’re contributing to something great.   Ideas get considered, debated on their merits, and everyone is able to do their best work.  What is that great leaders do to create this kind of smart team?

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