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Organizations that neglect to establish a precise delineation of their organizational culture often succumb to the influence of the culture itself when determining its own trajectory, leading to frequent conflicts, negative emotions, and incongruity.

"Workplace culture," "corporate culture," and "organizational culture" are interchangeable terms.  The terms refer to the combined beliefs, values, attitudes, and behavior that define an organization and its people.  It is demonstrated through the co

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12201520472?profile=RESIZE_710x Today’s competitive environment calls for unique approaches to win customers.

 Following the identification of a consumer category, organizations need to determine which customers to target and how.  It is necessary to agree on the full scope of the customer job, including their underserved and overserved needs. Now is the moment for Leadership to consider and choose the most suitable strategy required for market success.  It is time to determine whether it is necessary to add a new feature to

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12183827681?profile=RESIZE_710xOne of the main cause of most Innovation failures is a lack of understanding of client requirements.

With the abundance of data available today, organizations should have no trouble understanding what their customers want to achieve.  But this is not the case.  In virtually all cases, data is used to find correlations rather than causes.

The Jobs-to-Be-Done (JTBD) Theory assists in comprehending client preferences by concentrating on what drives a purchase.  The JTBD Theory approaches the innovati

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Leadership qualities are the most important trait for anyone starting out a career or aiming to climb the corporate ladder.  The foundation of any successful business is strong, skilled leadership.

Leaders who can work with a diversity of personalities and behaviors are more likely to establish an effective workplace.  They must be able to interact with employees in ways that raise their levels of engagement and foster a climate that values sharing knowledge and working together.

The level of emot

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Making choices under pressure is challenging.  There are a variety of techniques and answers for difficulties, depending on the circumstance. When making judgments, a tailored approach is required, which should help avoid making a mistake with irreversible consequences.

The Cynefin Framework is a paradigm to help in making reasonable decisions in changing settings.  It is a systematic way for understanding complex topics and making decisions.  The model does this by looking at potential features

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11134142271?profile=RESIZE_710xIn today's Knowledge-Based Economies, the capacity to acquire and implement knowledge is crucial for both personal and economic success.

Knowledge acquisition and application can be divided into 4 basic categories.  Each category of knowledge represents a distinct aspect of knowledge: Know-what, Know-why, Know-who, and Know-how.

The importance of knowledge work to the success of an organization has grown in recent years.  The struggle between competing organizations has shifted from tangible to in

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Sir Basil Henry Liddell-Hart (31 October 1895 – 29 January 1970) was an influential British strategist, historian, and military theorist.  The prolific author B. H. Liddell-Hart authored numerous works on military strategy and tactics.

Liddell-Hart's "Strategy" is considered one of the most influential works on military strategy published in the 20th century.  This book examines the art of warfare and provides a comprehensive analysis of the strategies and tactics used by great military commander

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4 Models of Self-Discovery

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11071854066?profile=RESIZE_710xSelf-awareness is a crucial component of personal growth and de

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Behavioral Change: Key Forces at Play


There is a common structure or pattern to problematic circumstances.  Most problems consist of three primary components:

  • The Problem State
  • The Solution State
  • The Solution Path

The Problem State refers to "what is," the Solved State refers to "what should be," and the Solution Path refers to the Transformation necessary to close the gap between the two states.  The Solution Path is a way of shifting from the Problem State to the Solution State through particular activities when faced with a problem.


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5 Essential Qualities of a Successful CFO


 Historically, the post of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) has functioned as a steward of financial expertise, moral integrity, and shareholder value, selecting criteria to analyze organizational development and ensuring value.

Due to inflation, a greater number of rules, and more governance obligations, the CFO position is now present in practically every company. However, the final quarter of the 20th century was distinct. Prior to 1978, less than 10% of American corporations employed chief finan

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Data Governance is essential for establishing a data-centric, insight-driven organization. Governance is currently a major issue for senior management as a result of public outrage over data privacy, the reputational harm caused by data leaks, and strict legislation.

In the absence of a thorough Data Governance Strategy, the everyday accumulation of huge volumes of data can result in regulatory or professional challenges. A Data Governance Strategy is the first step toward better data capabilitie

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Data Governance is a set of practices that outline the roles and accountabilities related to data and support the organization’s Business Model by generating and consuming data.  It’s all about overseeing the accessibility, practicality, reliability and safety of enterprise data.

Data Governance is guided by in-house data standards and guidelines to monitor data usage.  The process safeguards data uniformity, dependability, and fair use.  The success of a Data Governance initiative should be meas

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10310709879?profile=RESIZE_400xAt all levels of a corporation, key decisions have to be made quickly. This is particularly critical at the strategic level, when senior executives are expected to have an exceptional talent for systematic and organized decision-making. However, this is not simple, and there is also no clear path to follow.

There is a plethora of studies and thought leadership around formulating and implementing strategy—but little on maturing into a leader with exceptional judgment abilities. Chief Executive Off

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3 Phases of Managing Disruption

10258043870?profile=RESIZE_400xRecessions compel leaders of practically all organizations around the world to consider the consequences of a deeply disruptive crisis.

When confronted with a crisis, some leaders shine, causing their companies to grow stronger. Some appear to be stumbling. Others are merely bystanders while their organizations crumble.

Organizations that survive major disruptions are likely to emerge stronger and better prepared to predict and prepare for the next one.

Leaders of organizations are ultimately re

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Corporate Functional Strategy

Change1The role of corporate functions, traditionally, has been to conduct the various service-oriented specialized tasks necessary to run the business.  Corporate functions are of strategic significance in achieving organizational objectives yet their role at most enterprises is kind of contractual at best.  These units assist in routine operations, facilitate other business units, and manage conflicts and relevant pressing matters.  For instance, the Human Resources (HR) function is typically respons

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3 Strategic Thinking Games for Decision Makers

Str Games2Organizational leadership can draw on 3 Strategic Thinking Games to master Business Strategy and apply in varied scenarios and organizational structures.  The Strategic Thinking Games provide Decision Making models for senior executives to choose from and use as per the situation.

The Strategic Thinking Games are based on mathematics and statistics, particularly Probability Theory, and exhaustive research into the Business Strategy realm.  Probability Theory is actually a branch of mathematics th

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10 Hidden Strategic Opportunities

opportunity 2Potential opportunities always surround leaders.  It is up to them to pounce on those or regret overlooking them, when someone else takes advantage of them.

Leaders’ personal beliefs and assumptions often clash reality.  The trait is categorized as “confirmation bias” in Psychology, where individuals pick the data that supports their existing opinions and approaches and doubt information which defies their mindsets.  Leadership needs to develop themselves to the level to consider the slight hints

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4 Traits of Exceptional Leaders

Lead1Evaluation and onboarding of outstanding leaders is anything but straightforward.  Almost all organizations have set up testing mechanisms or assessment centers to distinguish senior leadership candidates having traits that make up for Exceptional Leaders.  These assessment centers shortlist leaders based on certain indicators and criteria.

However, these assessments are not always accurate in predicting the best leaders.  At times, the entire evaluation exercise results in drafting mediocre lead

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3 Conditions for Sustainable Change

9534054496?profile=RESIZE_400xWith most Transformation initiatives people gradually revert back to their old habits of doing things.  Sustainable Change Management necessitates 4 key processes:

  • Chartering—defining the scope, rationale, and team for the change initiative.
  • Learning—testing and refining ideas before a full-blown execution of the initiative.
  • Mobilizing—using symbols and metaphors to engage people and gain their buy-in for the change program.
  • Realigning—redefining the roles and responsibilities and managing performan
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9295924653?profile=RESIZE_400xAlthough organizations invest heavily in Learning and Talent Development, most CEOs when interviewed complain about the shortage of learned managers, leaders, and skilled workforce.

The capabilities of knowledge workers, not technology or capital, is often a key constraint for organizational growth.  Research reveals that a number of managers consider employee performance to remain the same even if their organization’s learning function is totally abolished.  Studies further indicate:

  • Ineffectiven
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