It Takes More Than Wishing to Become a Growth Leader

I was on the phone recently with a colleague who leads a significant development organization in a Fortune 100 firm. She was lamenting the need for more people to take the lead on helping to craft more insightful and on-target services. It’s something I hear from many of my client firms, and when we go […]

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The Crucial Role of HR in Enabling Growth

I’ve had the chance to do a lot of work with HR leaders and their firms recently in strategic implementation.  One of the most frequently asked questions is this: what is our role in helping to drive new growth in the firm?   Implied in the question is the idea that they are passengers on […]

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How to Make Your Ideas Float

The speeches were done, we enjoyed cake and coffee and finished passing out the checks.  The hardware was on the table (a CEO award).  But more importantly, we had sliced almost half of the time it took us to do custom product development, which was pushing up customer satisfaction and would lock us into designs […]

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Your Incubator is Broken…But it’s Not Your Intrepreneur’s Fault

Getting organic growth projects done in medium and large firms is hard work.  It’s even harder when you’re doing it in addition to your “day job.” These projects are often accomplished  by setting up an internal incubator.  This space is typically well removed from the main “cube farm,” which allows the product team member/ innovator […]

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Regaining Project Momentum: Cutting Through the Haze

  I walked into the the conference room, and even with warm handshakes, you could feel the tension.  This group had been working for months to pull their work together and launch a new product that was based in some great work that their advanced R&D team had completed.  I had been asked to come […]

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Who is Actually in Charge of Growth in Your Organization?

I was working with a firm in a session the other day and we had one of those moments of clarity.  They had done some great work in previous meetings and had set the stage for growth decision making by taking stock of relevant hard and soft assets of the firm, carefully integrating objective outside […]

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Fear: A Useful Tool When Finding New Growth Paths

I recall it clearly: I was working with a small manufacturing team that was looking to break out of their current niche.  We had begun doing work on the business model canvas and Growth Zone principles.  We were looking for opportunities in Quadrant One (which is the core), but seeing their strengths and weaknesses effectively […]

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Is Your Growth Strategy Missing one of These?

I’ve been in deep document review for a client for an upcoming diagnostic session, with the topic being growth and transformation.  Like many firms, they have a complex and comprehensive ongoing plan of investment around a longer-range vision.  Also, like many firms, they have opportunities to improve the clarity, focus, organization and leadership associated with […]

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