best practices enterprise

Oct 8, 2014

Business Strategy and IT Connection (Book Excerpt Series: 1)

Insurance Innovation Reporter a leading industry technology thought leader magazine is running a series of articles based on excerpts from The Executive Checklist.  The is first can be found here: jigsaw

Business Strategy and IT Connection (Book Excerpt Series: 1)

When you have a moment give it a look…and, please share it with your team through your social channels.

Must appreciate the follows and likes!


Sep 29, 2014

Forbes on The Executive Checklist

Forbes contributor Roger Trapp provided a terrific review of the book.

“To be successful in this extremely complex and unstable business environment, executive leaders must do all that they can to simplify. Therefore, checklists are in order,” he asserts.forbes

Check it out here:

Forbes on The Executive Checklist

If you like it, please pass it on!





Jul 28, 2014

How to Manage A Team Of Superstars

How to Manage A Team Of Superstars:fc_recog

This Fast Company article provides 6 Ways to manage YOUR Superstars!

I answers the question, “Now that you’ve drafted rising talent into your organization, do they have what it takes to lead?” The piece suggests that they do if you show them–read on and be sure to share!

Jul 17, 2014

Tips from the Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf

Tips from the Entrepreneur’s Bookshelf:

The Executive Checklist is featured in the list.

If you have a chance, be sure to check it out!

May 12, 2014

Interview with SmallBiz America

Interview with SmallBiz America. SmallBiz

Host David Wolf discusses the latest in leadership thinking with me in this interview.

We discuss some of the more interesting things firms including H&M and Vail Resorts are doing to better compete and capture market share.

Please be sure to give it a listen!

May 11, 2014

Soundview Executive Book Summaries: The Executive Checklist


Soundview Executive Book Summaries reviews The Executive Checklist.

You can find the book review here.

The editors chose a couple of great examples from LexisNexis and The New England Patriots to illustrate some of the key stories brought out in the book.  Be sure to check it out!


May 2, 2014

BusinessWeek Article – Tips for the New Leader

Companies often test young managers by giving them a big project to oversee. Here are some tips for acing your first assignment:

BusinessWeek Article

Always remember: There are no magic formulas or cookbooks to follow when developing your leadership “chops.”

Apr 9, 2014

Two New Q/As on Leadership Philosophy and The Executive Checklist

These interviews were fun.  Read them here:

Hartford Business Journal

Insurance Innovation Reporter

I hope that you find them informative and a worthwhile read.



Mar 25, 2014

The Executive Checklist Reviewed by LeadershipStrategy Blog

This is a wonderful review of The Executive Checklist by Jeff Johns, editor of the LeadershipStrategy Blog.

You can find the review here: Business, Right to the Point.

I hope you enjoy the review as much as I did!

May 1, 2012

You Think You Have A Strategic Plan

Let me share a glimpse into my life as a management consultant who specializes in strategic planning and business transformation.

Here is my side of a simple conversation that I have had more times than I care to remember:

Do you have a Strategic Plan? Oh, great! May I see it? Sure, I’ll sign an NDA. OK, thanks. Ummm, this isn’t a strategic plan.”

Strategic Planning is one of those things that every leadership team claims to do, but, few actually perform.

Certainly, the management team may have an annual Strategic Planning Offsite…and, yes, the walls will be plastered with flip chart pages. Following the meeting, a document will be produced. However, when I review the result, I often find that the “strategic plan” is nothing more than a set of long-range goals and an annual budget.

Like I said, “Ummm, this isn’t a strategic plan.

With the above scenario as a backdrop, here is this week’s tip from my book, The Best Practices Enterprise:

Strategic planning is an ongoing, continuous process used to identify, document and oversee all of the strategic, tactical and operational-related initiatives underway (and intended to be done) within an enterprise in order to achieve its vision. It is not budgeting. It is not an annual event. It is not trivial. If done correctly, it can set you apart from your competitors forever.

Program-centric strategic planning is an essential element of a Best Practices Enterprise™.

What Is Program-Centric Strategic Planning?

Program-Centric Strategic Plans organize initiatives into projects and programs. Projects are initiatives that are performed once and are done. Programs are initiatives that are ongoing by nature and will continue into the future. Programs can spawn one or more projects and/or programs (depending on the needs of the organization). A Program-Centric Strategic Plan, one that truly reflects the firm’s strategic direction, is perhaps the most important management tool that an organization can have at its disposal. It is a detailed, road map into the future. It can be used as a ‘screen’ from which to measure the merit of new ideas and notions. It can keep an organization on-track. It can identify trade-offs to consider. It can help manage risk. Indeed, once established, the Program-Centric Strategic Plan holds the “formula” for success in the new millennium.

Please take this tip to heart. As I shared in the first tip of this series, businesses are heading into a time when they will be in a continual state of transformation. The business environment will force firms to move faster than ever before. Organizations will need a strategic plan that allows for rapid and dynamic change – one that they keep current and evolve as opportunities arise and better ideas are formed.

Let me now if you need some assistance getting a Strategic Planning Program going at your place.

As always, please share, comment, and otherwise pass it on.

I’ll bring you another free tip in a few weeks.

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