Strategies

How Nike’s Kaepernick Ad Might Be a Game Changer this Time

This weekend Nike unveiled their latest “Just Do It” ad campaign. The company’s well known formula of marrying the familiar tagline with high profile athletes was on display once again; however, there was a bit of a twist this time. Serena Williams, known for her dominate play on the tennis court and Odell Beckham Jr.,…

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Manchester Divided, 3 “Shocking” Growth Strategy Lessons

I think we can all learn a bit about Growth Strategy Execution from the Head Coach of the Manchester United Football Club, Jose Mourinho. Framing the Discussion In 1957, Igor Ansoff, an applied mathmetician and business leader, introduced a business growth model. The model depicts four growth strategies. Here is a quick example of each: Diversification:…

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#1 Reason Strategy Fails and What Leaders Can Do About It

How often have you heard leaders announce a bold new initiative, only to watch it die a slow, painful death? How often have you done this yourself in your organization or team? Most strategies fail, not because they are poor strategies (although that happens – click here), but because they are poorly executed. It’s discouraging…

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HBS Professor Identifies the Central Issue of Leadership – One Word to Help You Address the Challenge

John Kotter is a legend in the world of leadership and change. A Harvard Business School Professor Emeritus, author of numerous business articles, and consultant to Global 5000 organizations, Kotter is, “internationally known and widely regarded as the foremost speaker on the topics of Leadership and Change.” (Harvard Business School) I’ve never met Kotter; however,…

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8 Behaviors of Successful Creatives Job Aid

Last summer, I wrote a post about being more creative. In it, I shared a process that a colleague and I developed and taught to thousands of people around the world. Many found the process simple and insightful. I thought my readers might find a quick graphic or ‘job aid’ helpful as they work to…

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3 Coaching Lessons from Olajugbagbe and a British Knight

A few weeks ago, I stumbled across an article about 18-year-old Ruti Olajugbagbe and learned three great coaching lessons. Ruti is the 2018 winner of The Voice UK Season 7. The show is a multi-week talent contest in which celebrities partner with contestants in an effort to be named the season’s best singer. The competition…

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How One Leadership Idea Can Change Everything You Do

How Did We Get Here? Ever since the founding of the first organization (whatever it was), leaders have struggled with this problem—how do you motivate people to give their best? Age after age of autocratic leaders used fear as the primary lever for engagement. Compliance was key. In the last century, scientific managers used the…

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