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How closely are your priorities tied to your company’s strategy?

Our reader poll today asks:  How closely are your priorities tied to your company’s strategy? Very. Everything I work on links directly to the strategy: 41% Somewhat. Links exist, but I also have some unrelated priorities: 38% Not very. Most of my work has no clear link to the strategy: 10% Not at all. I don’t even know what […]

Conveying Your Idea in the Right Way

Getting your point or idea across to important stakeholders in a concise and simple way is the difference between getting approval and not. What makes a presentation unsuccessful? When you have a recommendation you’re trying to get approved within your organization, there are going to be a lot of stakeholders you have to get your idea in front […]

The Importance of Critical Thinking

Stopping and considering decisions before you make them is only the start to critical thinking and building on those skills makes all the difference. The importance of critical thinking Let’s look at the importance of critical thinking. So many times when people ask us, “Can you go solve this problem,” we rush off and start solving it without stopping […]

Setting Team and Employee Goals

Creating goals for your business that link through the entire organization is the key to successful goal setting from all sides of your business. Link goals to strategy For a goal to be really relevant, it has to tie to the broader purpose and goals of the entire organization. Your strategy is going to help drive that. The strategy […]

6 Lessons Learned from High-Performing Lean Teams

Lean strategies are a dynamic way to maximize efficiency. We surveyed the top performing Lean teams to find out what makes them successful. Today’s post is by Jon Terry, Lean-Agile strategy at Planview and former co-founder of LeanKit. Lean solutions represent an evolved method of approaching how business is done. It’s all about transparency, about your […]

Why You Need a Wookiee on Your Team

Leaders can learn a few things from Chewbacca the Wookiee. Leaders who have people that are loyal, team players, skilled, and action-oriented will be more successful than leaders with team members without these qualities. Today’s post is by Mike Figliuolo, Managing Director of thoughtLEADERS, LLC. GRRNNHHNNNHHNN! WOOKIEE! Every great leader needs their own Wookiee.  They’re […]