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How to Keep Lettuce Crunchy and Other Strategy Execution Lessons

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...
November 22, 2016 0 Comments

What I Learned About KPIs from My Six-Year-Old

My daughter recently took an art camp offered by the city. When I arrived for pick up on the last day, the students were filling in program evaluations. Our later conversation about randomly filled bubbles, porta-potties, and palaces inspired me to revisit some important principles in KPI development.
May 19, 2016 0 Comments

How Did I Get an MBA Without Learning This?

Most MBA programs pride themselves as being the ”practical” degree that will best prepare its students for any number of management roles. But it wasn’t until I became a Balanced Scorecard Professional that I learned the following principles that I have found to be key to being a good manager and leader.
March 24, 2016 0 Comments

Broken Linkages: Are you SURE you are Executing Strategy?

I recently had a conversation with an organization’s board member who said, “I’m so frustrated.  We have a balanced scorecard but I don’t see how the things the management team is measuring or executing are linked to our strategy.  I don’t see the connections.  Our balanced scorecard feels operational.”  He was...
September 3, 2015 0 Comments
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