Designing for Downturns

As traumatic as economic downturns are, they also offer an invisible silver lining to organizations who have the vision to see it. A downturn can come from any number of different factors and have companies scrambling to keep their heads above the rising flood-waters....
Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Why Culture Makes The Difference In M&A Success (Or Failure)

Research and experience prove the point that failure to assess and successfully integrate organizational cultures positions M&As for failure. Originally published in Inside HR http://www.insidehr.com.au/why-culture-makes-the-difference-in-m&a-success-(or...
What High Performers Can Learn From “Cats”

What High Performers Can Learn From “Cats”

The world of business is a new jungle with new rules. Survival of the fittest is more complex than ever. The stock market resembles a kangaroo-bouncing up and down, instead of a bear or a bull.   How do we survive and thrive with these uncertainties occurring...
Why Does Culture Matter?

Why Does Culture Matter?

It is a company’s culture that fuels the dominant drivers of share price today: a competitive strategy, leadership, innovation, collaboration, and speed to change with evolving market dynamics. Organizational culture is a topic that continues to polarize the corporate...
Developing a High Performance Culture

Developing a High Performance Culture

IT TAKES MORE THAN A CHANGE IN ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE TO TRANSFORM DAVE HANNA DISCUSSES THE FIVE KEY INGREDIENTS OF A HIGH PERFORMANCE CULTURE Managers today are anxiously looking for ways to gain a competitive advantage in their challenging global markets. Some have...
First Aid for an Ailing Team

First Aid for an Ailing Team

Tommy Lasorda, the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, once said that his job was to get his players to play for the name on the front of the uniform. Not the one on the back. How do you fix a group of people that need to work together but lacks leadership and trust? Personalities, […]
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Defying the Laws of Groupthink

There are teams…and then there are teams. Each of us knows the challenges and struggles that are inherent in forming a team to do something, whether on the playing field, in a manufacturing facility, or in the corporate headquarters. That’s why my antenna goes up whenever I hear an executive declare, “We need to put […]
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Changing More Than How to Diaper A Baby

My first job in the “real world” was in 1975 at Procter & Gamble’s paper products plant in Albany, Georgia. I was young at the time; so young in fact, I started in Pampers. I was a production team manager for nine technicians who ran Pampers lines 5 & 6. Procter & Gamble had been […]
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Would You Bet Your Life Savings on a Roll of the Dice?

The Alpha Pharmaceutical Company acquired the Bravo Company with three clear objectives in mind: Acquire Bravo’s scientific knowledge base to further develop leading edge compounds. Develop those compounds into successful new products. Grow the Alpha business, in terms of sales volume and profitability, in the process. Scientifically and business-wise, this deal looked like a perfect […]
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Synergistic Partnerships in the Global Age

Synergistic Partnerships in the Global Age

The Industrial Age was characterized by big organizations bringing together people and materials and then leveraging their size to outperform their competitors. Bigger was better. But in the Global Age, organizations must: Develop a deep familiarity with customer needs in many different cultures. Be competitive with the best in class in every step of their […]
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Making Their Business Your Business

A member of a online volunteer group called one night to inform me that he would not be able to take part in our project that evening. We were running short of people for this event as it was, and now this! I called a good friend, Pete, to see if he might be able […]
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