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.
Have you heard the common legend that scientists have proven that bumblebees, in terms of aerodynamics, can’t fly? This is a myth that came about because about eighty years ago an aerodynamicist made this statement based on an assumption that the bees’ wings were a smooth plane. It was reported by the media before the aerodynamicist actually...
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.
“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.
One of the participants in a recent Balanced Scorecard Professional Certification workshop was struggling with the difference between Strategic Themes and Balanced Scorecard Perspectives. In fact, he fundamentally questioned the need for both. His argument was that Themes and Perspectives are essentially both focus areas of some sort. Finally, he asked that I...