Shared Services

More and more organizations are realizing the value of shared services. Shared services are those services that are provided to two or more organizations, which pool resources to provide those services. This in theory reduces expenses since economies of scale can be employed. This is increasingly being looked at in education, non profits, and Government. Itis…

SIMPLE Principles

I am all about simplicity. When I was abroad in Europe and Asia, I often found myself trying to explain concepts or ideas. Without the benefit of a shared language, simplicity was a must. You had to be able to simplify what might be a complex idea in order to communicate it with others. I…

Apple Meeting

I recently read an article about how Steve Jobs would manage meetings at Apple. He had three core principles when it came to meetings. The first is that meetings were to be as small as possible. There are many stories about him booting unnecessary attendees out. Therefore each meeting participant had to have a clearly defined…

Potential Solutions

When faced with a problem or dilemma it is critical that you recognize many potential solutions that could address it. Multiple solutions provide flexibility to management in dealing with the issue at hand. Then one can compare the pros and cons of each solution and choose the one that best solves the problem. The first…

Benefits of Strategic Cooperation

Strategic cooperation can yield many benefits for the cooperating organizations. These range from the acquisition of new customers to the ability to pool resources together. Understanding those intended or existing benefits clearly allows an organization to structure cooperation accordingly. Often organizations will overvalue the returns on cooperation. They thus overplay the impact of that cooperation…

Line of Questioning

My father taught me many valuable things about business and management that I carry with me to this day. As a plant manager he was faced with a wide variety of complex situations which had to be addressed. One of things that stick with me about his approach to management is the power of a…

We Can If Approaches

This is another tool inspired by my reading of “The Beautiful Constraint” by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. The tool involves using 9 different can if approaches to solve problems and break into new thought processes. It offers users different ways of thinking about potential solutions. Easy to understand and utilize, while also being uncomfortable…

Ambitions and Constraints

I recently read the book “A Beautiful Constraint” by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. I was very impressed with the book and have developed a number of tools based on it’s premises. Ambitions and constraints is one of those tools. It calls for creating propelling questions that will push a group or organization forward by…

Whole Foods: Company in Distress

Why in Distress? Whole Foods is stumbling from one public relations mess to another. Organic foods have gone mainstream, which has seen competitors apply an increasing amount of pressure on the Whole Foods brand. In addition, the grocery chain has become increasingly regarded as overpriced, with quality that differs little from competitors such as Trader Joe’s and Giant…

Training Session Plan

Planning a training session often depends on a variety of factors. The time available to conduct the training, the number of objectives to be reached in that time, and the resources available to the instructor all must be carefully considered when developing a session plan. This template allows you to break down a session into…