Don’t Waste a Good Crisis

When you are in the midst of a major crisis – and the current situation with the Coronavirus certainly qualifies – the natural tendency is to get consumed with assessing the situation, developing response plans and mobilizing your organization to…

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7 Questions to Ask About Your Organization's Readiness for the Corona Virus Crisis

The Wuhan Corona Virus is presenting virtually all organizations with unforeseen challenges. Is your organization ready to meet them? Here are 7 questions to ask:

  1. Are you ready to shift to "war-fighting mode"? Decentralized organizations -…
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Do You Have What it Takes to Kill the Project You Love?

Innovation, according to the economist Joseph Schumpeter, is all about "creative destruction." He was referring to the process through which new innovations (the creative part) displace established ways of doing things (the destruction part) and…

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10 Attributes of Culture That Make It So Difficult to Change

While there is universal agreement that organizational culture plays a crucial role in shaping organizations, there is little consensus on what it actually is, never mind how it influences performance and, crucially, how leaders can change it.

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The 7 Biggest Traps to Avoid in The First 90 Days

My research shows that leaders who derail or under-perform in their new roles often fall into common traps in their first ninety days. Have you fallen into any of these traps? Have you seen others do so?
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Eight Traps to Avoid When You Take Over a Team

Leaders taking new roles often inherit teams that they must assess, reshape, align, and accelerate. Frequently, leaders stumble when it comes to building their teams. The result may be a significant delay in achieving key objectives, or outright…

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Why You Shouldn’t be Too Nice to Your New Hires

While speaking recently at an HR forum in Denmark, I learned a Danish word that perfectly captures a common trap that companies fall into when they onboard new hires: bjørnetjenste. The term can be translated literally to “bear favor” and means “an…

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