Leadership for Growth

by Deirdre Silberstein We’ve seen all types of leaders at the companies we’ve worked with: Some leaders can get an idea into the marketplace, but don’t know how to establish a business around the idea. Some lack a “feel” for the marketplace and the flexibility to establish a presence and position for their business. Some … More Leadership for Growth

Managing Beyond the Business Plan:  Handling the Issues that Can Derail Your Business

by Deirdre Silberstein We keep seeing it: entrepreneurs carefully create their business plans and start implementing them in the marketplace.  The entrepreneurs have some success and may even earn a fair amount of revenue.  And then, when the entrepreneurs think they have actually established their businesses, they run into issues – issues serious enough to … More Managing Beyond the Business Plan:  Handling the Issues that Can Derail Your Business

Managing Across All Stages of Business Growth

by Deirdre Silberstein We’ve seen it too many times:  entrepreneurs continue to operate their growing businesses as if they are start-ups.  The entrepreneurs don’t understand that businesses move through different stages as they grow, and that certain work needs to be done at each stage to keep the business growing. If the entrepreneurs do not … More Managing Across All Stages of Business Growth

The Exacting Part

The Exacting Part * Structured data is the exacting part of Big Data. It is data you can add, subtract, multiply, and divide. If you can’t do these four things to it, it’s not structured data. Computers run on structured data—zeros and ones. At the lowest level of computer programming, the instruction to the computer … More The Exacting Part

You’re Not Convinced

 You’re Not Convinced* Some of you are not convinced about the importance of big data — or maybe not about how big data links to innovation, or how together they can produce high-value strategies for business. You do know when these strategies don’t work though — a current example is the highly-visible difficulties in executing … More You’re Not Convinced

“Where Are the Big Decisions from Big Data?”

“Where Are the Big Decisions from Big Data?” *** “Where Are the Big Decisions from Big Data?” This question comes from my friend and colleague Nick Donofrio, former Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology at IBM. A few weeks ago, we concluded there aren’t many. Today, a lot of small insights and small decisions … More “Where Are the Big Decisions from Big Data?”

Why do CEOs Fail?

There is good advice here, despite being written in the negative. TC / ———————————————————————————————— by By Peter Barron Stark | Quest Newsletter . Why do CEOs Fail? Although this statistic is not accurate for our clients, a widely cited study, The Leadership Gap, by the Center for Creative Leadership, estimated that nearly 40 percent of CEOs are fired … More Why do CEOs Fail?

Surprise! From CEOs to Navy SEALs: How a Select Group of Professionals Prepare for and Respond to the Unexpected.

This is a question and answer session about decision making with Dave Baiocchi and Steven Fox. It is about their newly released research paper titled Surprise! From CEOs to Navy SEALs: How a Select Group of Professionals Prepare for and Respond to the Unexpected. It is worth seeking out and is available from the link above. There … More Surprise! From CEOs to Navy SEALs: How a Select Group of Professionals Prepare for and Respond to the Unexpected.

A Guide For The CEO-elect

Useful reading whether you’re in the job now or will be in the future. TC / ———————————————————————————————— A Guide For The CEO-elect By Kevin Coyne and Bobby Rao | McKinsey & Company . It must be one of the most thrilling moments of an executive’s career—the call to lead a company. With the new office come new responsibilities, new excitement, … More A Guide For The CEO-elect