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risks issues

Dealing with Risks and Issues: 7 Steps to Fewer Worries

Being by nature optimistic, most business owners and leaders are reluctant to tackle business risks and issues head on. In our experience,m they are reluctant to even think about these and bring the topic up. If you are a business owner, how are you feeling right now, reading the words ‘risks and issues’? Do you […]

employee retention

Employee Retention: The M&A Achilles Heel

Employee retention is a key component of a Merger and Acquisition (M&A) integration. And employee retention can be a company’s biggest hurdle to realize the expected return on investment (ROI). The main reason for this is that financial models don’t fully capture the full costs of M&A integration. This became very clear to me early […]


You Are Accountable for Reading this Article!

Accountable, responsible. Poteighto, potaato. Interchangeable, right? Wrong. There is a huge difference. Often people do use the terms “accountability” and “responsibility” interchangeably, and frequently it does not create issues. However, when you are trying to transform your organization, or revitalize your company, the difference becomes very important. So, what is the difference? Delegation Makes All […]

Aligning leaders

Aligning Leaders – A Success Story

How valuable is aligning leaders for a business transformation? How about $80 million worth? We were working on a process transformation program with a North American executive team of a global company. There were seven executives, each incredibly competent, but very independent. This created silos that made collaboration and alignment tough. We used our Organizational […]

Planning watch-outs

Planning Your Business Transformation – 3 Watch Outs!

If you do things right, you should have a good cross-section of activities do do your planning. These activities should be a good mix of technology, business process, communication, training, and so on. If you want to know how to get a good balance of activities for planning, you can check out some of the […]

Prioritizing to reduce overwhelm

Prioritizing, Dim Sum, and a Locked Door

Prioritizing is about as exciting a subject as dealing with issues and risks (see previous blog). Be honest: just reading that previous sentence, and the words “prioritizing”, “issues”, and “risks”, a glaze is starting to form in front of your eyes, right? But hang on, this next sentence is much more interesting. She needed something […]


Herding Panthers – Aligning Executives for Fun and Profit

Aligning key decision makers can be tough. Senior leaders operate in an environment where individual competence is highly valued and rewarded. Add to this the competitive nature present in most, if not all, executives, plus the healthy ego required to operate at this level. Mix it all up, and it leads to a challenge to […]

Entering the dark space of dealing with issues and risks

Issues and Risks and a Very Scary Story

As usual, she parked her car on the side of the driveway closest to the house entrance. And as usual, she came home late, after dark. Nobody would be at home. As usual, alone, in her house. She walked up the steps to her designer steel framed door, but as usual she was too worn […]


Vision: The Look and Feel of Success

“You have to start with a vision, blah, blah, blah…” No kidding. And how often have we heard that? As you’ll likely agree, it’s not having a vision, but it’s being able to articulate the vision, that makes a difference. Furthermore, being able to articulate it in a way so that people can see it […]


PowerPoint Presentation-Lessons from a Composer

My friend Lisa was telling me the other day about how she had to deliver a PowerPoint presentation, on her marketing strategy, to a group of sales executives. Her concern was how to keep them engaged, paying attention. The slides would contain some analytical data that could come across as a bit dry to this […]


Welcome to our interactive section. This section is for you if you are a project manager leading a smaller project where you may want to “do change management yourself”. Alternatively, you may already know something about change management and consequently may only need a few tips and tools. Whatever your situation, this section is for you if you want to manage these activities yourself instead of having to rely on external resources.

Our objective is to de-mystify change management and give you access to materials that we ourselves would use. Ultimately we hope this space will become your virtual ‘sandbox’ to experiment in.

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