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The “Words with Friends” Strategy Disruption

Umiaq is defined as a large open Inuit or Eskimo boat made of skins stretched on a wooden frame, usually propelled by paddles. I looked it up only because my Words with Friends opponent just played that word. There are several possible explanations for this move. Maybe my friend of many years has recently become an expert in the Inuit culture. Maybe his linguistic genius is...
March 4, 2014 0 Comments

In Search of the Canadian Hippo

During the years we lived in Canada, my family became fond of Canadian Heritage Moments.  These were sixty-second vignettes that depicted formative moments in Canadian history.  One of my favorites has the intrepid French explorer Jacques Cartier arriving in the valley of the St. Lawrence River in the year 1534 and encountering a group of Iroquois.

February 24, 2014 0 Comments

Wigs, Pigs, and Desserts

Some of our clients use Franklin Covey’s methods to improve human and organizational performance, including the use of WIGs (Wildly Important Goals). I’ve wrestled with how to integrate Covey’s approach, which is sometimes loosely or creatively applied, into the balanced scorecard framework in a way that is disciplined, consistent, and simple to understand.
January 31, 2014 0 Comments

What’s the Value in Having Values?

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy E. Disney Values can sometimes seem like the stepchild of strategic planning.  The guts of a strategic plan can include a results-oriented vision translated into specific objectives, measures and initiatives that will support it.
December 13, 2013 0 Comments
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