Teach Strategic Thinking With 3 Simple Questions

June 1st, 2015

When the Big Strategic Idea someone pitches you is blatantly boneheaded and un-strategic, you might remind yourself that strategic thinkers are made, not born. If this person is your friend or subordinate, then maybe it’s your job to help them learn the skill called “strategic thinking.” These three simple questions will get you off to […]


Executive Smarts – New Book on Leadership and Management

April 10th, 2014

You might like our new book – Executive Smarts: 25 Quick Reads on Managing for Results. This book very concisely summarizes much of our thinking and writing on management and leadership.  It’s available here: www.executivesmartsbook.com or on Amazon, where you can look inside the book. You probably know that Wendi and I work for organizations of all […]


Make Strategy Review = Strategy Execution

August 6th, 2013

Strategy execution is about getting other people, and yourself, to do things – the right things. And that doesn’t happen in the typical, annual strategic planning ritual where people throw around some ideas and then check in a year later.


Staying in Touch with Reality:
3 Ways Leaders Can Avoid a Stumble

June 2nd, 2013

“How can leaders stay in touch with reality – and out of the headlines?” Wendi and I wondered this aloud over dinner with Dr. Christine Hunter and husband Bob.


Accomplishing More with Less,
Instead of Doing More with Less (rerun)

January 23rd, 2013

“What’s the first thing we do to help clients find money?” That was the question Wendi and I set out to answer when we had a forehead-thumping déjà vu. Although we didn’t phrase it quite that way, we did answer that question here about two years ago. The answer still seems pretty timely, so we’re running it again, minus a couple of typos:

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