Browsing: Transformation

I’m sure that each one of you has many “supplier of choice” awards on your corporate walls and kudos to you.  How many “customer of choice” awards do you have?  Does your company even care that it does or does not?  Should it care? We’ve discussed this concept before and are going to expand on it today.  Just like you rate your suppliers, your suppliers rate you.  Surprised?  You shouldn’t be because they have a business to run too.  And they need to understand which customer is most profitable, least “overhead ” (nuisance factor), give referrals, etc., etc.  Just like you have your Value Drivers – so do they and they rank customers based on meeting those Value Drivers.  Whether you know it or not,…

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Nothing against the strategy consulting firms and we do our fair share of that kind of work but it intriguing to find bewildered client after bewildered client – once the strategy firms have left. Leaving behind them an Executive Team convinced of the tremendous value that is lying untapped inside their organizations only if their organizational leaders could get their act together and Transform their organizations. No mention is made of the various elements of any Transformation Roadmap that must be put in place (Governance, Competencies, Change Management etc. etc. etc.).

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Transformation is HARD! If you don’t believe that then you have never gone through one. Often, when a transformation fails or an organization does not achieve its’ desired business results, “culture” is identified as the culprit or perhaps the scapegoat so says two Supply Chain Management professors in “Culture Eats Strategy . . . and how to deal with it”.

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And no, I’m not about to go on a sexist rant and label myself a misogynist…quite the opposite in fact.  Here is the conundrum – more people die in hurricanes with female names.  There are a number of explanations for this: God is a female and when she is mad – she is really mad. No comment. The hurricane center names the stronger storms with a female name – except that the names are decided in advance of the hurricane season and they alternate between male and female names so it’s purely random. But then how to explain this: “social psychologist Sharon Shavitt at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign analyzed the destruction caused by Atlantic hurricanes between 1950 and 2012. Even after eliminating storms…

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We continue our series on Competency Based Talent Management with a post on training. Keeping your folks trained in the proper areas is very important to any organization. But have you ever thought about how effective your training programs are and how you can get your training programs adopted over the long-term? This post gives a few ideas. What have you found to be effective?

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