Strategy in the age of urgency

Posted by Brian Clark | October 22, 2012
Are you over it?

There must be something in the water. Out of three meetings with prospective clients this week, two admitted to have depleted motivation to get their businesses growing again. In other words they are 'over it'. Both business owners have fairly large businesses and they are not going broke but suffering severe stagnation. It was hard...

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Posted by Brian Clark | October 12, 2012
Behind every good strategy is meaning.

Do you really think you and your team will successfully execute a strategy without an understanding of the meaning behind the strategy? Without an understanding of the significance of the strategic objectives it is naïve to expect the full energies of your people to be tapped. People discover and create meaning from their work. Your...

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Posted by Brian Clark | September 8, 2012
Must see Jeremiah Owyang presentation on Slideshare

This super informative webinar on Slideshare is worth watching. Slideshare is a powerful tool to boost your content marketing and business profile online. There are a few presentations in the series but start with this one and have a pen and paper ready for some notes.

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Posted by Brian Clark | September 1, 2012
Lessons from a conference

I have returned from a two day conference in Melbourne. I often dread conferences but they usually turn out pretty good once I get there and start to engage with other attendees. This particular conference attracts some very interesting speakers and attendees in a friendly open atmosphere. What really surprised me was the activity of...

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Posted by Brian Clark | August 14, 2012
Brainstorming: does this look familiar

This clip from Life's Too Short is hilarious and I bet plenty of people had recollections of similar brainstorming disasters.

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Posted by Brian Clark | August 8, 2012
‘Like sand through an hour glass’

I really love this article. This one is in my client kit bag and it has generated some amazing conversations of such depth. There is a small number of people who have reacted defensively and could not see any way of escaping from their 'busyness', "If i don't do it, who will?" More people have...

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Posted by Brian Clark | July 18, 2012
The Art of Employee Engagement

In a recent client survey of the DOTS client community, I was intrigued by the response to the questions relating to the greatest challenges facing learning and development professionals. There were a few. Employee engagement was high ranking in the survey responses across all industry sectors and sizes of organisations. I am interested in learning...

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Posted by Brian Clark | July 3, 2012
Fear not the feedback

I just finished a client survey project for a client. The client was scared witless when I first raised the idea of asking their customers for honest feedback. It was far more comfortable operating with a perception rather than reality. Anyway, after some prodding I got started building a survey for my client. The survey...

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Posted by Brian Clark | June 29, 2012
Inertia……the silent killer

I was going to have a rant about inertia but I have calmed down a bit. About an hour ago I had a case book example of a company that is compromising its fundamental capacity to succeed with inertia. Inertia is actually a word that lends itself to being a name of a disease. In...

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Posted by Brian Clark | June 28, 2012
Talk your way to innovation

I have had an interesting week that included some 'train time' that helped me catch up on podcasts. I really enjoy this time and the podcasts I listen to are great for creating ideas to apply in my business and on behalf of my clients. In one of the podcasts a speaker was bemoaning meetings...

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Posted by Brian Clark | June 27, 2012
Who is Your Chief Collaboration Officer?

I came across an interesting blog on the Mindjet site by Troy Larson. There are individuals in some very successful companies that hold the title of Chief Collaboration Officer. In my experience, the contribution that collaboration makes to a competitive business includes: A culture focused on activity and execution Knowledge and learning is informal and...

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