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The Road Not Taken

I was reminded the other day of Robert Frost’s famous poem from 1915 – The Road Not Taken. Frost’s simple, but poignant musings about choice, inertia, and courage have direct relevance to business decisions today. Executives charged with mapping a course of value creation would do well to heed Frost’s own experience. Here’s why. For all intents and purposes, most executives today find themselves in the woods too – albeit the economic woods – as they search for ways to make their organizations more viable. What choices do they have? What actions do they take? The choices...

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Does Transformation Motivate You?

Most people we poll answer ‘Yes’ to this question. On the surface, an affirming response makes perfect sense. Almost everyone is open to doing something new or doing better. Some are even open to doing things differently. The reality is most reasonably motivated people have the natural desire to improve. And why not? There is an enormous ecosystem of products and services available to support our desire to change. You know the list. Personal trainers, foreign language discs, self-help books and tapes, music instructors, dance teachers, art classes, nutrition experts, executive...

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Making Change Happen

Many of the companies we talk with don’t have a clear structure for enabling powerful change to happen quickly. After years of being in the hot seat of transformation, we have observed a common set of change qualities within the organization itself that increase the odds of success. There must be a culture of risk-taking and openness to doing things differently There must be healthy respect for other points-of-view There must be a sense of urgency and a commitment to velocity There must be a relentless focus on the endstate. Any distraction will cause confusion and inefficiency. There must...

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CEOs Driving Change

Everybody’s talking about transformation these days – those big changes needed to get the business results shareholders expect. In my view, transformations require repositioning your company in the minds and hearts of everyone — your employees, your current and future customers, and other stakeholders – all at the same time. Because no matter how much you think you’ve changed, it doesn’t count unless people experience your company in a new and more valuable light. Of course, it’s harder than it looks – and usually takes twice as long as anyone wants. Could your...

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