The Connected Company: How Distributed Organism Businesses are Rising Against the Machine to Build a More Connected World

“Companies are not really machines, so much as complex, dynamic, growing systems. After all, companies are really just groups of people who have banded together to achieve some kind of purpose…"

Dave Gray, Author “The Connected Company”

I can recommend Dave’s enlightening presentationimage

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“Extraordinary” or as it should be?:: Leadership []

The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.

Extraordinary bosses see business as a symbiosis where the most diverse firm is most likely to survive and thrive. They naturally create teams that adapt easily to new markets and can quickly form partnerships with other companies, customers … and even competitors.

“8 Core beliefs of extraordinary bosses”

A "VUCA" World needs Strategic Thinkers::

If  you have absolutely no idea what “VUCA” stands for the following presentation will be extremely useful and, hopefully, put these “6 Habits” into a meaningful context. By no stretch of the imagination is this a complete guide…by definition there won’t be one! But, if it stops Leaders & Managers from decision-making based upon, potentially dangerous,  assumptions that is a progress!

“We need strategic leaders!” is a pretty constant refrain at every company, large and small. One reason the job is so tough: no one really understands what it entails. It’s hard to be a strategic leader if you don’t know what strategic leaders are supposed to do.

I love this quote from Paul Shoemaker….

“Every leader’s temptation is to deal with what’s directly in front, because it always seems more urgent and concrete. Unfortunately, if you do that, you put your company at risk. While you concentrate on steering around potholes, you’ll miss windfall opportunities, not to mention any signals that the road you’re on is leading off a cliff”

After two decades of advising organizations large and small, my colleagues and I have formed a clear idea of what’s required of you in this role. Adaptive strategic leaders — the kind who thrive in today’s uncertain environment – do six things well: Read more of this post

Why Your Employees Don’t Care About Your Business Strategy

In my experience, most employees want to engage with their company by getting involved in strategy creation and execution – they really do care about the work of their company and they want it to be successful. The problem is there are just too many obstacles getting in the way.

How can business leaders increase employee engagement with their company’s business strategy?

(1) Ensure that employees have the opportunity, and are actually able, to participate in meaningful ways in the creation, execution, and management of your business strategy,

(2) Translate your business strategy into action via a strategy map and use it to tell your strategy story and engage employees further with your strategy and what it really means, and

(3) Use your strategy map to help employees see how their work contributes both directly (via business processes and strategic initiatives), and indirectly, to strategy execution success.      


In the end, it’s important to get your employees involved and engaged with your company and business strategy because, regardless of which business sector or industry you are in, high levels of employee engagement are good for your customers and stakeholders, your employees, and, ultimately, your business. 

via Why Your Employees Don’t Care About Your Business Strategy – SFO Blog – Helping You Build Your Company into a Strategy Focused Organization.