Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part II: The Avalanche

Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part II: The Avalanche

The Business Storm Cycle is never still; like all cycles, it’s constantly turning.  If you’ve weathered your first rapid-growth Tornado, in which your people and resources were stretched to the breaking point, you probably wondered when this crazy phase of expansion...
Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part I: In The Tornado

Three Ways To Shoot Yourself In The Foot, Part I: In The Tornado

No matter where you are in what I call the Business Storm Cycle, as a leader you’ve got to lead—even when the way ahead looks foggy. But even experienced leaders can be blindsided by what comes at them in the cycle—and can make mistakes that will make the phase...
Telecommuting Takes Alignment

Telecommuting Takes Alignment

How big a deal is telecommuting? Bigger by the day, especially if you’re working for or running a large company. And as business leaders and employees get more comfortable with the idea that telecommuters can be highly productive working from home, it’s going to get...
Are You A Tech Wreck?

Are You A Tech Wreck?

You may be, if you don’t understand the defining differences between how your employees interact with your IT and how your customers interact with your IT. In the first instance, your employees are tasked with understanding your IT system and how to use it. They’ve...
Five Common Business-Breaking Leadership Errors

Five Common Business-Breaking Leadership Errors

We all see those stories in the business publications: once-promising enterprises, whose dynamic leader was the subject of profiles in success just a few months back, suddenly going belly up and closing their doors. Oftentimes there’s a kind of witch hunt mentality in...
Are You Burned Out?

Are You Burned Out?

The “fire in the belly” entrepreneur is legendary in business – the person whose enthusiasm and belief in his or her enterprise carries them through the tough times, undaunted and head held high. But anyone who’s taken a ride through the Business Storm Cycle knows...
Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

Forget the Band-Aid…This Is Serious

We’ve all seen the heartbreaking news photos of people standing in the rubble of their homes or places of business after a tornado has passed through. While the devastation wreaked on your enterprise by the Business Storm Cycle phase we call the Tornado – that period...
Better, Faster, Smarter

Better, Faster, Smarter

These days, those three words – better, faster, smarter – have become the goal for all sorts of businesses. Do a Google search and you’ll see them applied to banking, car manufacturing, data analysis, urban design, government, transportation, and even things...