Articles and Tools

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Clarity of Purpose

Purpose outlines why your organization exists and the impact it will have on others. It influences the customers you attract, the people who want to be part of your company, and the way work happens every day. It enables people within your organization to focus and become engaged. It is not enough just to know your purpose – you must be clear and consistent for it to come to life. These articles are focused on the clarity of your purpose.

How to Find Your Purpose In Five Easy Steps

Five Methods to Bring the Purpose of Your Organization to Life

Four Reasons You Should Care About Safety

You Just Got Promoted to the C-Level, Now What

The Team

For an organization to be successful, it takes the right combination of skillsets and capabilities, focus on purpose and objectives, strong leadership and an engaged team. These articles are meant to stimulate your thinking on evolving the skillsets of your team along with your organization, driving engagement, and aligning the capabilities of your team to your needs.

President vs. CEO: Is It Time to Evolve?

Business is All About People

Seven Ways to Connect Your People to Your Business

Making Change Sustainable

Get Out of the Office and See the People

CFO vs. Finance Director/Controller: The Stepping Stones

CFO Dimensions – Are You Balanced?

The Scoreboard

Finding the right combination of metrics is key to judging how well you are doing as an organization. At a high level, there are typically only a few that will matter. They may not all be financial. Engagement scores, customer satisfaction or some other non-financial measure may be critical to tell how well your organization is achieving its purpose. These articles are designed to help you think through what is right for you.

Planning – Why do you need to do it?

Five Metrics That Matter

Four Ways to Gain Benchmarking Insight

Six Benchmarks You Should Be Tracking

Are You Focused On Cash?

The Integrated Self

As a leader, people internally and externally will be looking to you to set direction, to bring out the best in people and to accomplish the stated goals of the organization and achieve its purpose. You will need to make decisions quickly, focus on the right things and maintain a high level of energy. To do that, you need to be operating at your peak. Finding what works best for you to align your mind and body, along with your energy and your values are the subject of this section.

Four Key Outcomes From an Integrated Self That Drive Company Performance

Who Is On Your Personal Board of Directors?

Five Time Sucks and How to Deal With Them

Six Ways to Supercharge Your Energy

General Business

Ten Essential Elements to Increase the Value of Your Business

The 3 P’s you need to know to be successful with Private Equity Ownership

Seven Watch Outs If You Are In A Cyclical Business

Managing Risk In Your Business

Five Considerations For Determining How Much Cash You Should Have On Hand

Five lessons Uber can learn from Apollo 8