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It’s a leadership team, not an entourage

In 5 Minute Read, Turnaround by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

This is not what you want. This is not what you want. Prevention is key Prevention is key When presented with a low-performing organization the first thing you do is put out any fires that are flaring. Usually, low performing organizations are experts at firefighting. It’s all they have — endless urgent problems — so many teams get really good …

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Digital Transformation Quickstart

In Technology by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

Last week I had a conversation with a tech executive about the digital transformation of a large business. We talked about the elements of digital transformation and the methods that could be used to move the ball forward. Given the size of some organizations, figuring out how to get started can be one of the biggest obstacles. So how do …

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Business Risk and Agile

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I participated in a discussion last week about business risk and agile. One of the participants said that in order to get the business to buy-in on agile he had to get them to accept more risk in projects. That left me scratching my head. When it comes to business risk from the adoption of agile, short story: there is …

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Ignore Unimportant Stuff

In Leadership by Stephen Zakur3 Comments

I was speaking with a group of leaders a few months ago and we were talking about another executive, we’ll call her “Susan”. Susan managed a large and complex team that was in need of transformation. It performed well enough on most things but it wasn’t performing well on the things that were most important to the company’s goals. So, …

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Take a vacation. Get a raise.

In Leadership by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

More and more Americans are not taking their earned, paid vacations. We’ve all seen this behavior in the corporate world. It’s the “work martyr” syndrome. Hard working, ladder climbers don’t take vacation because only losers take vacation. Winners work. You can almost hear Blake saying “A-B-W. A-Always. B-Be, W-Working. Always be working” But evidence shows that taking time off is …

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Six steps to improve employee engagement and your success.

In Leadership by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

I was in a meeting a few months ago with a large group of executives. It was one of those unique corporate gatherings that you leave after an hour and feel like it was time well spent. During that time we were casting our goals and objectives not only in terms of business outcomes but also in terms of culture …

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10 Leadership Lessons from a Senior Non-Commissioned Officer

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Last fall, the Army Times published an article with 10 Leadership Tips from Sergeant Major of the Army Daniel A. Dailey. SMA Dailey’s advice was for the senior non-commissioned leaders of the US Army. While his leadership lessons apply to those leading soldiers, in the right context they serve as guideposts for leaders everywhere. Here’s my take on SMA Dailey’s concepts …

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Your past is not your future. Let it go.

In Leadership, Turnaround by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

I’ve led a half-dozen organizations during the past decade and each one had unique challenges to overcome: operations in disarray; technology that wasn’t functioning right; messy data; right person, wrong job; wrong person. In each of these situations a shift was needed and that shift often required change across the business platform. And in most cases it required a significant …