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My Top Five Insights From the 15th Annual SCPD Conference

  The theme of the 2016 SCPD conference was innovating at the speed of teams.   Futurist Cecily Sommers keynoted and closed the session, providing great continuity to the other thought leaders and panelists. (You’ll find the full agenda here and here) I came away from the conference energized to help firms take on value creation […]

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8 Signs You Have Chosen the Wrong Team

I was having coffee with senior co-leads of a large growth effort, and the question they had for me was, “how do we know if we’ve assembled the right team?”  When you get a question like that, you know the answer is yes, they have a problem. I asked them some questions, and it led […]

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5 Challenges to Enrolling the Right Team

It happens every year: March Madness. Every year during this college basketball tournament, many of us enjoy watching the brackets, mascots and last-minute nail biting contests that lead the season’s best and most polished to the Final Four – and ultimately the championship. Just like in college basketball, there is no more fundamental key to […]

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5 Signs You Have Chosen the Wrong Project

I had a chance to speak with a growth leader at a mid-sized firm last week who was working on a cross business unit breakthrough program.  He asked a great question: how do I know when a firm has chosen the wrong project?   Here are five of the key indicators that you are on […]

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The Three Most Common Challenges Growth Leaders Face

Just as a golf course designer lays out a course that challenges the skill of the player to place the ball around sand traps, executives that undertake growth initiatives will have their skills challenged in predictable locations that require anticipation, preparation and skill to deliver results.  These three common “sand traps” come to the growth […]

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The Surprising New Role of Middle Management

I often have the opportunity to speak with high-potential, mid-senior level leaders who are part of my “Growth Leaders” coaching program. Through these talks, I’ve discovered an emergent trend that I believe will have great value for mid-level leaders and their senior management team: Middle managers play a large role in developing the right growth […]

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The Right Path: Straight Talk for Senior Leaders Who Need to Clear a Path for Growth

Let’s start with some statistics:  not tending the future has big consequences.  According to author and researcher Richard Foster, 75 percent of the S&P 500 will be replaced by 2027.   In working with a C-level client this fall, I’m reminded that today’s hard-driving operational environment leaves precious little time for future building.  I see […]

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