Timely Insights

  • Three Keys to Guiding Change . . .

If your business has been through a massive change—the kind of endeavor that alters your business processes from end to end—you’ll know that it’s not easy to get every employee on board. Some may object to the new way of doing things, others may drag their heels. Without buy-in at all levels, it’s unlikely the transformation will be as effective as it might be otherwise.

You can avoid this undesirable outcome by guiding your employees through the change in a strategic fashion. In Faster, Cheaper, Better: The 9 Levers for Transforming How Work Gets Done, business process transformation specialists Michael Hammer and Lisa Hershman explain the leadership tactics you can use to make organization-wide changes stick.

For the full story, go to this profitguide.com article.

  • Make the Future Possible . . .

At your next strategic-planning session, don’t forget a crucial agenda item that most firms overlook. In your enthusiasm to identify what you need to do in order to build your business, be sure to set aside time to figure out what you should stop doing.

In Be Different or Be Dead, business consultant Roy Osing writes that it’s essential to cease any activities associated with your old strategy that are no longer consistent with your new direction. If you fail to do so, you’ll starve your new activities of the resources needed to execute them properly. Osing, former president of Telus Advanced Communications and now CEO of Brilliance for Business in Vancouver, suggests four ways to eliminate unnecessary activities

There’s more on this available at Great Ideas.

  • Quotable Quotes . . .

 "Love is not about finding the right person, but creating a right relationship. It's not about how much love you have in the beginning but how much love you build till the end."

-- Author unknown

"There's always going to be bad stuff out there. But here's the amazing thing -- light trumps darkness, every time. You stick a candle into the dark, but you can't stick the dark into the light."

-- Jodi Picoult

 "If I only had three words of advice, they would be, ‘Tell the Truth’. If I got three more words, I'd add, ‘All the Time."

-- Randy Pausch

"I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it."

-- Maya Angelou

"The three great essentials to achieve anything worthwhile are: Hard work, Stick-to-itiveness, and Common sense."

-- Thomas A. Edison

"I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one."

-- Jonathan Swift