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How well does your organization translate qualitative measures into quantitative metrics?

Our reader poll today asks:  How well does your organization translate qualitative measures into quantitative metrics? Very — Every qualitative measure has hard metrics to support it.: 10.5% Somewhat — Some qualitative measures have metrics; others don’t.: 49.4% Not at all — We don’t translate qualitative measures to metrics.: 40.1% You can’t manage what you don’t […]

One Question that Dramatically Improves Cross-Functional Collaboration

Cross-functional team environments are challenging because people bring a “function first” mindset to the team. If you can get them to shift their thinking slightly, you can unlock the performance these teams are capable of. Craig Ross is co-author of the new book, Do Big Things (CLICK HERE to get your copy). It was painful […]

How well do you define the question at hand before rushing off to solve the problem?

Our reader poll today asks: How well do you define the question at hand before rushing off to solve the problem? – Very – I always have clarity on the “why” of the problem. 31.9% – Mostly – Sometimes I’ll jump straight into problem solving. 61.3% – Not very – I tend to race off and […]

3 Simple Tools to Create the Needed Commitment to Change

Any major change initiative requires effort to bring people along and get them committed. The keys to doing so are stakeholder involvement, communication, and involvement. Today’s post is by R. Kendall Lyman and Tony C. Daloisio, authors of Change the Way You Change (CLICK HERE to get your copy). A few years ago, we were […]

5 Project Management Lessons from Walking Across Spain

Whether it’s knowing what you need and what you don’t on a project or knowing how to manage conflict effectively, a long 500 mile stroll can help you build these skills. A few summers ago, I hiked the ancient Camino de Santiago trail across Spain. It was the best month of my life for many […]

The Easy Way to Write a Great Business Case

Business cases are the key to getting ideas approved and funded. If you follow a few basic principles, you’ll find the cases you make get approved more quickly and easily. If you want to get people’s attention with your business case, you need to solve a big problem. The problem definition section outlines the core […]