The Best Way to Improve Meeting Effectiveness You Haven't Tried Yet

The average enterprise worker spends 16% of their time in meetings. For senior leaders, it can be as high as 60%. This translates into 2.2 billion meetings each year in the U.S. alone!

The 3 Secrets to Building High-Performance, Virtual Teams

The rise of teams has brought with it the need to establish and lead virtual teams, defined as 'groups of ...

8 Steps for Productivity on a Snow Day

If you live just about anywhere in the continental United States, there is a good chance you have had to deal with a number of hefty winter storms this year.

The Hidden Costs of Expanding Drug Products into New Markets

Increasingly, U.S. drug companies are looking to maximize the financial return of U.S.-based prescription, generics...

5 Questions to Avoid False-Start Change Initiatives

Managers staring down the barrel of a change initiative face a dilemma: change is often necessary for success but getting employees to change how they work can be very difficult...

Cross Business Unit Innovation: A New Frontier

Retailers and consumers demand an unfettered stream of creative new products from their favorite brands. When a company’s new product...

How to carry out difficult conversations

Communication comes in many forms: presenting to a crowded auditorium; facilitating a small group discussion; and conversing one-on-one.

Identifying Change Influencers through Social Network Analysis

While the behavior of senior leaders acts as the catalyst for change, it is often associates’ peers who define the culture and establish norms...

Can Management Consultants Solve All of Life's Problems?

In a world of constraints (whether it's resource, time, or money), the industry of management consulting exists for one fundamental purpose: to improve...

Designing Organizational Structures That Work

In our experience, many organizations are quick to restructure. While restructuring can be a powerful tool to change the way people work, it can also cause disruption.

Diamond vs Graphite: What it means for your personal network

Connection matters not only in the physical world, but in the social world as well. In recent years, social network analysis (SNA) has allowed us to X-ray organizations to understand the...

How to improve employee learning: you are what you do

Jack Welch stated, "An organization's ability to learn, and translate that learning into action rapidly, is the ultimate competitive advantage." So learning it is important to business.

Reflective vs. Reflexive Leadership

Research has shown that the success of a company is largely due to the effectiveness of its leadership. Some leaders are quick to make decisions based on preconceived notions about how the world works and what’s...

7 Best Practices for Effective Group Decision-Making

The adage 'the buck stops here' was popularized in the 1940s and since then has represented a scenario where a single, influential individual is responsible for making decisions and accountable for their outcomes.

Coaching to change culture

Executive Coaching is one of the most effective ways to develop people and increase performance. Recently, for example, we worked with one client to show that coaching increased productivity by 15%. Not surprising, American companies spend a fortune on executive coaching: more than $1 billion annually according to one HBR study.

Resistance is Futile in Organizational Transformation

Virtually every text on organizational change has as a central tenet the idea of "resistance to change." Unfortunately, this concept of resistance to change has itself...

What Type of Innovation Network Does Your Company Have

As organizations increasingly put in place matrix structures, create virtual teams, forge alliances, and outsource functions, they are placing their faith in relationships to get work done.

Developing Employees When No One Has Time

As a result of the 2008 Recession, the corporate landscape changed considerably. The result was corporate restructuring and layoffs. Those who remained after these austerity measures faced a challenging situation- increasing their personal output with far fewer resources.


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