April 2006

The Time to Change Processes

April 14, 2006

When the project is not yielding the results, it is time to take a close look at the processes. If people are following the processes, then seriously consider looking at changing them. Sometimes a process or methodology may be too cumbersome for the project and acts as a hindrance or unnecessary overhead. Sometimes the methodology […]

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Holistic Approach

April 13, 2006

Among my favorite TV programs are political debate shows. I enjoy watching arguments between heavyweights of opposing political parties and events like the Presidential elections are gold mines because you get to watch the top contenders in action. Long-time political leaders like George Bush and John Kerry make it look so effortless and natural, regardless […]

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Innovation – Evolutionary and Revolutionary

April 12, 2006

There are two types of innovation – the evolutionary, slow, Darwinian changes and the revolutionary, sudden, abrupt type of innovation. The question is not which of the two companies should do? It is whether the company can do both at the same time and do it well. The evolutionary style of innovation is necessary to […]

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Rapid Change

April 11, 2006

Today’s organization is also under more pressure to change than in any previous period of history. This is not just true for large multinational corporations, but also for mom-and-pop stores and non-profit organizations. If asked for a single phrase to explain the drastic changes in our world, it would be the “snowball effect”. Every single […]

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The Partnerships

April 10, 2006

Take a look at any winner in politics, sports or war. It is almost always the team with the best teamwork that wins. The victorious Governor has the better coalition and broader-based support. The Super Bowl team is the one which played together as a team. The battle-winning army had the best coordination. Success comes […]

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& Experience">Knowledge & Experience

April 9, 2006

A very important point that gets left out in discussions of leadership is the concept of the necessary knowledge, experience and skills needed to make the right decision. Intuitively, most people associate making decisions with “strong leadership” or “making the hard choice”. Hence there is a leaning towards charismatic leadership. This comes from tradition where […]

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The “Hygiene Factor”

April 8, 2006

If one goes into any discussion about management habits and practices, typically there is a chorus from everyone about the lack of effective management within their organizations. Much of this complaint has good cause because in many organizations, management fails to have the fundamental qualities necessary to build confidence in their decisions. Even when successful, […]

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Selective Reading

April 7, 2006

I have always felt that the greatest disappointment in life is “so much to do and so little time”. This is particularly true about reading books. There are literally millions of novels, books, magazines, cartoons, blogs, articles and papers out there. Even if you discount 99% of them as bad quality, that still leaves an […]

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Being Good and Being Successful

April 6, 2006

Books like “Good to Great” clearly demonstrate the correlation between good business practices and organizational success through intense research and actual statistics. For example, Jim Collins talks about humble and strong leadership, getting the right employees and having the correct focus in terms of business strategy. The “Good to Great” book used information from a […]

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Change Management — People Don’t Just Hate Change

April 5, 2006

There is a very common management perception that some people just hate change. It seems that those people are very comfortable with the status quo and hence they don’t want to change. Those who say this basically absolve themselves of the responsibility of finding out why there is opposition to change and potentially put the […]

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