Leading Organizations

When Was the Last Time Your Organization Had an Alignment?

AS YOU DEVELOP A STRATEGY FOR GROWTH, one of the obstacles you may face is the current structure of your organization. Structures perfectly suited for other times and other places, often persist beyond their usefulness. For structures to become catalysts for growth–rather than obstructions–they must flow from and serve the strategy. While not the only contributing factor, strategic alignment may increase the potential of your organization to grow and to reach its goals. On the…

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Why So Many Are Sick of the Vision Thing

Vision is one of those ancient words that have found new life in modern times. It is also one of the most abused and misunderstood concepts in modern organizational life. Yet everyone talks about how important it is. What exactly is vision and why is it so misused? Why is it that so many organizations seem to be in a drift pattern, with no clear direction, slaves to daily routines, having lost the passion of…

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What’s So Great About Diversity?

The issue of diversity in the workplace continues to be a challenge for many organizations. Human Resource managers scramble to ensure that the company is in line with federal and state law, fearing a potential lawsuit and the economic consequences it could have for the company, not to mention for the HRM’s employment. We seem to be a society driven by the urgency of staying aligned with the legal requirements. I think this approach is…

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Navigating the Morass of Decision-Making

ORGANIZATIONS ARE ALL ABOUT DECISIONS. They have prospered or declined on the basis of a few critical decisions that bent the future in one direction or another. For managers, making a decision can be like navigating a swamp filled with poisonous snakes and shifting footings. Should you include everyone in the decision or should you just make it on your own? Following is a series of questions that might help you decide how to decide.…

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How Structural and Political Factors Can Inhibit Innovation

Have you ever tried to make an improvement that looked feasible and seemed to have buy-in from all the right people, and yet turned out to be more resistant to change than you anticipated? Why does that happen? Well, part of the answer is that innovation is often hampered by structural and political factors. Structures are human efforts to pour chaotic reality into predictable forms. I live near Memphis, Tennessee which sits right on the…

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  • 1 Chronicles 16:8 November 28, 2021
    “Give praise to the LORD, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.”
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