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How Do We Create Leadership Pull for Operational Excellence?

Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from the full How to Create Leadership Pull for Operational Excellence whitepaper, available for free download from Flevy here. * * * * Several times a year, over the last decade, in multiple Operational Excellence (OpEx) focused conference workshops, we have asked the same question. What’s the #1 obstacle to successful […]

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Three Leadership Traps to Avoid

Editor’s Note:  The author Curtis Chocholous, a seasoned executive and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has written a whitepaper on The 80/20 Law of Leadership, which is available for free on Flevy here.  This whitepaper is based on Lean Culture thinking.   * * * * Rick Warren’s #1 New York Times Bestseller, The Purpose Driven Life, begins […]

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How Leaders Manage Less and Achieve More

Editor’s Note:  The author Curtis Chocholous, a seasoned executive and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has written a whitepaper on The 80/20 Law of Leadership, which is available for free on Flevy here.  This whitepaper is based on Lean Culture thinking.   * * * * Old habits are often difficult to break and die hard. […]

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3 Questions Extraordinary Leaders Answer Correctly

Editor’s Note:  The author Curtis Chocholous, a seasoned executive and Lean Six Sigma Black Belt, has written a whitepaper on The 80/20 Law of Leadership, which is available for free on Flevy here.  This whitepaper is based on Lean Culture thinking.   * * * * Question 1.  Do You Understand What’s Really Important? When a […]

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What Leadership Qualities Drive Organizational Performance? (Hint: Trick Question.)

A few decades ago, faculty members at the University of Michigan were researching the major indicators of effective organizational performance.  What came from this research was an incredibly useful model for organizing and understanding a wide array of organizational (and individual) topics.  These include theories on Organizational Effectiveness, Corporate Culture, Leadership Competencies, Stages of Life Cycle Development, Financial […]

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Do You Need Office “ME” Time?

Editor’s Note: Jim Cucinotta is a very senior executive, with over 20+ years of experience in leading sales, marketing, and operations teams.  He is also an author on Flevy.  You can view his firm’s business training guides here. * * * * Being a leader is hard work.  Everyone expects you to be “ON” every moment of every […]

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Leading a Remote Team

Editor’s Note: Jim Cucinotta is a very senior executive, with over 20+ years of experience in leading sales, marketing, and operations teams.  He is also an author on Flevy.  You can view his firm’s business training guides here.  * * * * Technology has made physical location a non-factor in recruiting talented leaders.  Companies want the right person […]

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Flevy Author Spotlight: Our Interview with a Leadership Expert, Michele Sancricca

Leadership is an important and relevant skill to develop for anyone–across all industries, across all corporate functions, both in and out of the office.  Michele Sancricca is uniquely qualified on this topic, having spent several decades as a leader in both the military and corporate worlds.  He also published an in-depth 9-module series on Leadership (available on Flevy). […]

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Leadership: Can You Master It?

Great leadership is fine art, not painting by numbers. During a recent conversation, I asked one of my closest colleagues, an outstanding leader:  “Do you know the secret of great leadership?”  His response was an excellent one, “Humility?”  I said, “No, that’s important but not it. It’s the willingness to work with people better than […]

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Teach Strategic Thinking with These 3 Simple Questions

When the Big Strategic Idea someone pitches you is blatantly boneheaded and un-strategic, you might remind yourself that strategic thinkers are made, not born. If this person is your friend or subordinate, then maybe it’s your job to help them learn the skill called “strategic thinking.” These three simple questions will get you off to […]

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Organizational Culture: A Blueprint for Success in a Family Business

In looking at the organizational culture of a family business, we are assessing behaviors that are important to creating a strong effective staff and competent leadership. “Successful family businesses tend to have the family’s values and culture deeply embedded into their business strategies, policies and practices,” says leading family business expert Don Schwerzler. “How well the business […]

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Measuring Business Readiness & Adoption

What is Business Readiness and Adoption? Would you talk to someone who isn’t paying attention? Would you make a movie if you didn’t know who would watch it? So why do projects often deliver to a Business that isn’t ready to receive or adopt! Business Readiness and Adoption is a measure of preparation. A business that is […]

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