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Pondering Pachyderms and the Black Box of Succession

August 21, 2012

Ask four different people what succession planning is, and I guarantee that you’ll get four different answers.  AND each one of those people will declare with unmitigated certainty that they are absolutely right!  And probably, they are! Succession Planning is probably near the top of the list of the most overused business words used today. …

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Are You Wishing or Planning?

May 18, 2012

Most days I take the same route home and pass by an Extended Care facility that has a large sign beside the road.  I’m not sure when, but I started to notice that the board had very interesting little sayings or suggestions on a regular basis.  Last month the message was “A goal without a…

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Strategy and the Giant Squid

April 3, 2012

Strategy and the Giant Squid Recently I was watching a documentary on nature that featured the Giant Squid, and I came to two conclusions: 1) The giant squid is an unbelievable marvel of evolution; and, 2) There are uncanny parallels between evolution in nature and the development and execution of business strategy. Business people have…

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Just “Follow Up” Already!

January 20, 2012

Recently I was chatting with a friend of mine from University that had the opportunity to work for a digital marketing firm in Vancouver. Always a marketing major he poked fun at my apparent inability to understand the gravity of search function optimization and the potential implication of click-through rates driving sales to a company….

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Strategy Execution – The gift of Business Process

December 23, 2011

As facilitator of strategy development and execution for almost 20 years, I am reminded of the importance of business processes in the effective execution of business strategy in every single client engagement.  There is some logic to my thinking that I provide in this article – a gift to all followers for this Holiday Season!…

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Is executing strategy like going on a diet?

August 10, 2011

In my previous post I acknowledged that to simplify this nebulous concept of strategy an organization should ask three simple questions: Why do you exist?; What are you going to do?; and, How are you going to do it? Therefore, after you and your leadership team come up with some brilliant and unique answers to…

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Acquisition Annoucement

Optimum Talent Announces the Acquisition of Conroy Ross Partners

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Shake It: The Art of a Great Handshake

It is said that the practice of shaking hands originated in ancient times to show that you wished for a peaceful interaction and held no weapons in your hands.  Whatever the basis, the handshake has become one of few acceptable forms of physical contact between strangers, and leaves a lasting impression. As someone who shakes…

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