A Japanese proverb says, “Vision without action is a dream. And action without vision is a nightmare.” For any successful organization, the vision is the strategic plan. And yet many leaders find themselves in the nightmare of constantly putting out fires and working “in” the organization instead of “on” it.
You know the feeling: One day you find yourself looking for "creativity" in the tiniest nooks and crannies of your business processes. And then it hits you: Somehow you've lost sight of the universe in which your business exists. Every successful leader has felt disconnected like this at some point. You don’t know what needs to change, but you know that you’re looking for the answer in the wrong places.
Worldwide, employers are finding it difficult to find and retain skilled workers. At the same time, employee expectations have evolved dramatically, making the market for the best people more competitive than it has been for nearly a decade.
Sometimes success breeds anxiety, and the business leaders we serve worldwide are expressing both. On the success side, the U.S. is still enjoying the record-breaking stock market bull run that began in 2009, and most of our clients have profited from it.
I found the graphic to the right in the Harvard Business Review, and to me it speaks volumes about what we’re trying to accomplish here at RESUTLS.
Leading firms have found that the clarity they achieve with a brief, focused strategic plan can actually do much more than align management. It also makes it possible to drive revenue by making everyone happier.
If you haven’t abandoned performance reviews yet, you probably have the same reason as Facebook: “Critics of performance evaluations have suggested that ratings automatically produce a fight-or-flight response,” their executives write. “Actually, many people have stronger reactions to not being rated.”
Most businesses collect an ocean of data these days, and it’s easy to drown in it. But once you’ve got a few million data points, which can happen incredibly quickly even in a small business, you realize that you may as well have none.
Most successful entrepreneurs and all of our clients use the last quarter of the year to polish their strategy. That way, they can start the new year at full speed.
Most management consultants deliver guidance in two broad categories: First, there’s the business side. Then there’s the human side. The two have become evermore intertwined.