I learned two lessons in college that I still think about – one in the kitchen and one as a strategy execution consultant. My professor claimed during a cell biology lesson that if you leave iceberg lettuce in water for about 20 minutes its cells expand as they soak up the water. He said that many chefs knew that soaking lettuce in cold water made it seem fresher and crunchier but few understood that it was because the cells were packed to the bursting point.
Are your employees strategic thinkers? Are you? How can you tell? How one answers one question is a dead giveaway.
We receive the funniest “help me!” calls here at the Institute. While they probably aren’t good enough for their own reality show, these calls do provide us with some comic relief around here.
Recently, we fielded another call to add to our “are you kidding me?” file.
“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.
Have you ever known someone whose brain works faster than they can talk or write? They often appear to be making leaps of logic when actually, their brain is working through logical steps but they are only communicating their first and last thought in the flow...not the thoughts in the middle. I have found that many CEO’s suffer from a similar...