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  • Insigniam Quarterly Transformational Leadership

    Building a Future for the Enterprise

    Visionary CEOs do not waste time trying to predict the future. Instead, they build it by summoning creativity and enrolling the organization.

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  • Insigniam Quarterly The Strategic Frame

    The Three Horizons of Strategic Frontiers

    Executives who explore and execute on their organization’s strategic frontiers can capture the future from their competition.

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  • Insigniam Quarterly Enabling Successful Change

    UPS’s Emerging Opportunities

    UPS’s Mark Vale shares how he is fueling the logistics company’s long-term growth and strengthening its global legacy by pushing it into emerging markets.

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy

Relationship, Relationship, Relationship

Relationship is the foundation of all accomplishment.

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Blog Post Transformational Leadership

Three Business Lessons From Military Officer Training

Many of you know that there are a lot of parallels between military and business when it comes to leadership and strategy. The Art of War, written by Sun Tzu and dating back to 5 century BC, has been influential in the tactics and thinking of leaders such as former U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Colin Powell and New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

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Blog Post Transformational Leadership

It’s Not About You

Along the journey to real leadership, at some point, one needs to take their focus off of their personal commitments and concerns and put them on those of the organization they are leading.

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy

What If Happiness Was A Stand?

More than anything else, happiness may be a stand, just as responsibility is.

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Blog Post Transformational Leadership

Bringing ‘Pipe Dreams’ to Reality – What Distinguishes Successful Leaders

What Bryant and Pelinka did is what great leaders do in the business world.  Great business leaders look ahead into the future to see where they want to take themselves and their organizations.  They create stretch goals that will take something special and may require a breakthrough to achieve, but that are based in reality and are not just ‘pipe dreams.’ 

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy, Enabling Successful Change, Transformational Leadership

Cross-Functional Cooperation and Performance: Part Two

A transformational leader knows that behavior is linked to how the organizational world looks for people more than rewards, encouragement or any of the traditional tools used to encourage good work. Before it’s absolutely necessary to work cross-functionally, a leader can help structure interviews and send his staff into Silos of importance to determine just how the company, the competition and their own function appears to the cross-functional stakeholders.

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Blog Post Enabling Successful Change, Transformational Leadership

The Nerds Need Their Space

Fifth Third Bank’s SVP of Innovation and Design, Joel Kashuba, says that the hero’s journey is a good lesson for any company and their maturity as a design company. In terms of the stages of becoming a design-centered company, the first is pioneering and starting to introduce new thinking and ideas. This looks like bringing new types of tools and/or conversations to the organization. As a few people start to use them, that starts to build understanding and advocacy, at least as small islands.

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy

The Conversation Brought a Slugger to Philadelphia

The negotiations between Harper’s agent, Scott Boras, and the Phillies, dragged on for several months. Many pundits felt that Boras would convince Harper to sign the biggest deal, without regard for organizational culture or ability to win now.

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy, The Strategic Frame, Enterprise-Wide Transformation

Cross-Functional Cooperation and Performance: Part One

Cross-functional initiatives are a key part of any cultural change or strategy execution. It is estimated that at least 30% of an organization’s efficiency resides in some cross-functional crevasse that remains untouchable by normal means of efficiency improvements.

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Blog Post A Culture that Fuels Our Strategy

Creating a Culture of Breakthrough

Often times I hear executives react much the same way when they’re first trying to grapple with the culture of their organization. They’re simply unable to get their arms around something they’re not familiar with, and more so, something they can’t physically see.

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Blog Post Enterprise-Wide Transformation

Where Learning Flourishes, So Do People

Simply put, how does a global leader in educational offerings provide an effective user experience when the user base varies so widely and across so many different geographies, cultures, and spectrums? Let alone, how does Pearson do that in the midst of its own digital transformation? (note: read the piece on the avoiding the traps of digital transformation by my colleague, Guillaume Pajeot). Schell is working on this and has some fantastic insights to share.

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Blog Post Breakthrough Results, Innovation that Creates New Value

How Do You Know If You Are Truly Innovating?

Most leaders inadvertently spend their time in the top sections of the above U-model – reacting, restructuring or redesigning. In doing so they attempt to create on top of the past, inadvertently believing what they are doing IS actually new and innovative.

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