Make It Manageable

Running a marathon is an exercise in perseverance. The only way to make it to the finish is to understand in advance that, at some point, this is really going to hurt. It helps to study the route in advance so you know what to expect, and it’s important to set a pace that will […]

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Do Your Planning, But…

It is impossible to overstate the importance of good planning. You really need some idea of where you want to go, how you expect to get there, and how to know when you have reached it. Otherwise, you can end up wandering around, wasting time and money, and you can miss out on some pretty […]

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Control What You Can Control

A few years ago a friend and I were taking a trip from the US to Lisbon. The day before leaving I happened to check our itinerary and found that one of our flights had been cancelled and the airline’s response was to move us to a flight that would give us a 5-minute connection […]

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Small Steps Lead to Big Steps

As you are doing your strategic planning, it’s easy sometimes to look down the road and get worried about all the challenges you face. Major projects with new clients may look like they’ll never get done. Perfection might seem unattainable. Organizational change can seem like a never-ending process. Bureaucratic obstacles may appear insurmountable. If you […]

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Refelections

Well, December is here. This year has either raced by or gone at a snail’s pace; your perspective depends on what’s important to you and how things have gone. Regardless of what your organization’s fiscal year might be, the end of the calendar year is a time when many people take stock of what has […]

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Your HR Team Drives Business Success

If you are a business leader planning for the future without including your HR people, you are making a huge mistake. Sure, you have probably talked to Marketing about future demand, and with Finance to discuss the budget, and even to your IT person to discuss your tech requirements. But there’s a good chance you […]

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Look Before You Leap (and Afterwards, Too)

Before you make a decision, you should have some support for why you think it is the right call. Afterwards, you should be able to check and see if it is working. Yeah, we are talking about data. You might think that data analysis is a role for a bunch of number-crunchers in your company, […]

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Managing Uncertainty

If there’s one thing that is certain about business, it’s that there will always be uncertainty. That hurts your employees because if they are worrying about what MIGHT happen, or if they are not very confident about their place in the firm, or their job security, or their paycheck, then their productivity is likely to […]

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I Resolve To…

A lot of people try to avoid making New Year’s resolutions. “I won’t follow through,” they say, or “A good idea is a good idea anytime, I should not only think about it on December 31st.” All true, perhaps, but not really enough of a reason to ignore thinking about the future. For many of […]

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Turbulent Thailand

In the last few weeks, when people ask us about Thailand, the questions have usually been about the recent bombing. As horrible as that event was, it is but one piece of the turbulent times in Thailand today. We wanted to share a few thoughts on what we are seeing in that country. This is […]

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