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Priorities and Perspectives

In 5 Minute Read, Leadership by Stephen Zakur0 Comments

This morning’s commute was wrong right from the beginning. On the way to the train station, it felt like every light was red, a van recklessly entering the highway avoided disaster by the grace of attentive drivers, and the side street that is my shortcut was blocked by fire engines. Miraculously early to the station, I watched the local train, relatively …

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Six signs you need to reboot your digital transformation

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Digital transformation is hard, especially for “traditional” businesses. You’re a traditional business if you’re not a digital native — if you didn’t grow up during the past five to ten years and/or digital is not part of your business DNA. Your DNA is different and will require some rewiring. That’s the painful part. But it’s possible to make rapid, meaningful …

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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.

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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.

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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 …