Optimizing Product Development: An Agreed Upon Gating Process

In the too recent past I worked with a company who operated in stovepipes.  Although the had a talented executive leadership team they didn’t have in place a gating process that forced them to validate each project against its return on investment and marketability at each gate.  Once a project was approved the project managementContinue reading “Optimizing Product Development: An Agreed Upon Gating Process”

Spending Less than 100% of Our Resources Running the Business

As a management consultant I’ve been told by dozens of executives that they’re too busy and focused on “running the business” to “grow or improve the business”. Failure to cordon off the time and resources necessary to attract additional clients or customers, improve our products and services, or develop and bring new products to marketContinue reading “Spending Less than 100% of Our Resources Running the Business”

Increasing Our Personal Productivity

We’ve all had days when, at the end of the day, we’re driving home with the feeling we’ve accomplished absolutely nothing.   Seize that moment!  That moment of dissatisfaction can serve as the motivation we need to make the changes necessary to increase our personal productivity. When a team of management consultants works with a companyContinue reading “Increasing Our Personal Productivity”

The Executive’s Toolbox: Our Career Roadmap

With our compass set and our vision of where we’re going clear, our next step is to develop a roadmap for our executive journey.  Regardless of where we are on the journey it’s never too early or too late to lay out a roadmap. Our roadmap might include multiple positions and opportunities or it mightContinue reading “The Executive’s Toolbox: Our Career Roadmap”

The Executive’s Toolbox: The Personal Compass

Our personal compass is the warning system that signals how congruent our actions are with our principles.  When what we’re doing is incongruent it lets us know we’re on the wrong path. Regardless of where we are on our executive journeys – at the beginning of our career, a CEO of a Fortune 100 company, or anContinue reading “The Executive’s Toolbox: The Personal Compass”