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These 3 Words Define Your Leadership Purpose

Claris Consulting

Early in my career, my purpose was rather shallow and self-centered. It was to become as secure as possible financially, as soon as possible. That’s it. There was nothing embedded in my purpose about making a positive difference in the world.

Consulting Firms: The “Prepare Your Client to Succeed” Checklist

David A Fields

Your consulting firm consists of smart, capable consultants, and you have excellent models and processes. So, why don’t your consulting firm’s projects always run as smoothly as a dogsled on packed snow?

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Getting the job done isn’t adding value

The Source

Here’s a scenario. Your boiler has just exploded. A geyser is spurting from the top, instantly soaking the ceiling and walls in rust-coloured boiling water. On the threshold of your utility room, your toddler looks in, eyes as wide as saucers.

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It’s Not “Time Management.” It’s Lean.

Markovitz Consulting

In the space of two weeks, the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal both ran articles on the productivity benefits of reduced work hours. The WSJ introduced us to the workers at Rheingans Digital Enabler in Germany, who only put in five-hour days, for a workweek of 25 hours. The same is true of employees at Tower Paddle Boards (at least during the summer months) and Collins SBA , a financial advisory firm in Australia.

The Surprising Effects of Business Vs. Leisure Travel

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7 Time Management Tips for Busy Professionals

Tom Spencer

You have just sat down for the evening in your study at home to write an important article. Your friend calls you on the phone, “Tom, what are you doing right now? Come for dinner!” The article is not due tomorrow, and discussion with your friend is always lively and entertaining.

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Selling Your Consulting Business And Starting Over With Lori Kleiman: Podcast #115

Consulting Success

For anybody thinking of selling their business down the road, they want to see check deposits, copies of checks, copies of invoices, and make sure that everything matches up.

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The State of Fashion 2020: Navigating uncertainty


The industry is not looking forward to 2020—suggesting strategic clarity will be important. Retail Insights

A conversation on ethical leadership – with Cassie Edmiston

The Management Centre

Leadership in fundraising organisations. Leadership. It’s a big word and covers so many things. And it feels like the very notion of leadership is changing, morphing and growing.

Lip Service

Alan Weiss

Here’s some heresy: At executive level in larger companies buyers are not trolling web sites to choose advisors. They may assign their assistants to find venders.)

The Definitive Guide to Becoming a High-Growth Company

Why do some companies grow at a double-digit pace every year, while others experience nominal (or even flat) growth year over year? Discover the common attributes that your High-Growth Clients have in common as they outperform their competition in top-line growth!

Are you prepared to blow up your practice?

Rod Burkert

In case you missed last week: Are you outsourcing? If not, should you be looking into it? I believe the answer is yes … especially if you are in a small firm that has not built a protective moat (Warren Buffet speak) around a specific practice area or industry niche.

Why You Need a Meeting Cadence After Developing Your Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Picture this in your mind: You're a senior leader, and you just finished developing your strategic plan with your leadership team. You've reached alignment on your organization's vision and mission, and you're clear on your strategic priorities, goals and action items. Now, what do you do

161: Susan Steinbrecher—Discover The Secret To Successful Relationships!

On the Brink Podcast

Learn how to navigate tough conversations with emotional resilience. Susan Steinbrecher has developed an approach that you should know more about.

Why isn’t your transformation showing up in the bottom line?


The success rates of large change programs vary widely. Finance teams can make a big difference in the outcome of these initiatives by articulating and validating the link between transformation efforts and long-term value. Strategy & Corporate Finance Insights

Assessing the Five Styles of Enterprise Business Intelligence

The world of BI and analytics has evolved. Discover the five styles of reporting and analysis, and learn the pros and cons of each in an enterprise scenario.

Social Responsibility Coaching Spaces

Consultant Journal

Sometimes, even for the most successful entrepreneurs, life comes up out of nowhere and gives you a hard dose of reality. It can be hard to pick up yourself, your family and your business. Most supports for people in crisis look at counseling or mental health.

Fact vs. Opinion

One of the first lessons every first-year at McKinsey is taught is the difference between a fact and an opinion. The worst thing you could do at McKinsey was present an opinion as if it were fact. If you did this in front of a partner, the partner would never want you on another project.

Non-compete Agreements Become Almost Worthless (in Washington State)

Martinka Consulting

This is a little different than our regular memos, but I feel it’s an important subject for Washington business owners. I recently sent past and present clients a fantastic summary of Washington State’s new non-compete law, taking effect January 1, 2020, which I received from Jeanette Adams Gorman with Socius Law Group in Seattle. I received a lot of “thank you” and “interesting” comments but the best was, “Wow! this is distressing.”

Capturing value from IT infrastructure modernization in the public sector


Government agencies have struggled to match the private sector in modernizing IT infrastructure. By reimagining the business case and executing more effectively, they can unlock value through greater efficiency and improved performance. Public Sector Insights

How To Create Content Marketing Unicorns

Henry DeVries

“Marketing is storytelling, and great storytelling transcends languages and cultures

Objective vs. Perceived Value

In school, if you get 95 out of 100 questions correct, you get a 95% score. Much of childhood education grading is done on an objective basis. However once you enter the workforce, this changes. You get promoted on the basis of how others perceive your abilities, as opposed to any objective measure of your abilities. You get business plans funded on the basis of how investors perceive the return on investment opportunity you’re offering.

How to Align Culture & Strategy in a Diverse, Non-Profit Organization -W/ Justin Miller

Strategic Planning and Management Insights

In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast , we were joined by Justin Miller, Co-Founder & CEO of CARE for AIDS. Strategic planning Leadership global strategy non-profit Stakeholder Engagement

Six emerging trends in facilities management sourcing


Outsourcing, workplace strategies, and technology innovations hold immense potential for companies seeking to reduce costs and improve productivity in facilities management. Insights on Operations

Helping New Managers Success

Gina Abudi

Too often we promote individual contributors into roles where we now want them to manage people without providing them what they need to be successful. Simply because someone is good technically – doing the tasks associated with their role – doesn’t mean they will be good leading people.

To Attract Clients It Is Better To Give To Receive

Henry DeVries

Hitching your wagon to a worthy cause lets you give back to the community that supports you. Giving also can attract high-paying clients


How HR Should View Workplace Culture

LSA Global

HR’s View of Workplace Culture Needs to Change. Can you honestly say that your workplace culture supports your business goals? If not, it’s time to take a second and thoughtful look at your culture and treat it as a business challenge.

The CEO’s new technology agenda


Technology performance has become critical to business success. Here’s how a CEO can focus the technology function on a company’s strategic priorities. Digital Insights

Smile: It Can Change the World for the Better

Rick Conlow

Have you ever notice how people don’t smile very much?s. At a recent happy event, a wedding, I noticed many of the guests had frowns or deadpan looks on their faces. My wife mentioned the same thing, quoting her mother’s description of “a look like seven rainy days” and “that one hasn’t smiled since first grade” Over the next week, I watched people in the airport. Most were either looking at their phones or had frowns on their faces.

How we help teams Communicate more effectively

Leadership Vision Consulting

Today on the podcast, we’re talking about how we help teams Communicate more effectively. From defining Communication to understanding personal and team norms around Communication, we hope to help any team better understand how to get their message across and be understood. Listen now!

How to Design a High Performance Culture

LSA Global

What Corporate Culture Is. Do you know how to design a high performance culture? Culture is your organization’s unique approach to how it executes strategy. If strategy is “what” you want to accomplish and “why”, then culture is “how” you execute it on a day-to-day basis.